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Gerald "Bounce" Gregory 
Gerald "Bounce" Gregory
Cancer 
February 12, 1999
Age 64
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BASS SINGER FOR THE SPANIELS DIES

(GARY, INDIANA-AP) 

                  Remember that distinctive bass voice at the start of "Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite?" It belonged to Gerald "Bounce" Gregory of The Spaniels.  Gregory died Friday. He was 64. 

                "Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite" was a top-five R&B hit in 1954.   Sha-na-na sang it to close the group's T-V show each week.  The Spaniels musical director, Wilton Crump, called Gregory one of the outstanding bass voices in Rhythm and Blues.  Gregory's funeral is set for Friday in Gary, Indiana.    
 

 
 
 
 
       
 

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This vocal ensemble was formed in 1952 in Gary, Indiana, USA. The Spaniels were universally recognized as one of the great R&B vocal harmony groups of the '50s, whose magnificent body of work was not truly reflected in their moderate chart success.  

The group originally consisted of Roosevelt High students James Pookie Hudson (lead), Ernest Warren (first tenor), Opal Courtney (baritone), Willis C. Jackson (baritone), and Gerald Gregory (bass). In 1953 the quintet enjoyed an R&B Top 10 hit with Baby, It's You, but the following year achieved their biggest success when Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite reached the US pop Top 30 despite competition from an opportunistic pop-style version by the McGuire Sisters.  

The Spaniels' delicate doo-wop harmonies turned this ballad into one of the era's best-loved performances with an emotional pull outweighing its intrinsic simplicity. The Spaniels in 1955 followed with two fine regional hits, Let's Make Up and You Painted Pictures. 

The Spaniels reorganized in 1956, and Hudson and Gregory were now augmented by James Cochran (baritone), Carl Rainge (tenor), and Don Porter (second tenor). Top recordings of this group included the You Gave Me Peace Of Mind (1956) and Everyone's Laughing (number 13 R&B 1957), and I Lost You (1958).  

Another reorganization in 1960 in which Hudson and Gregory brought in Andy McGruder, Billy Cary, and Ernest Warren, yielded the group's last hit featuring the classic Spaniels sound, I Know (US R&B number 23 in 1960). Hudson went solo in 1961, but formed a soul-styled Spaniels group in 1969 that brought Fairy Tales to the charts in 1970.    
 

 
 
  
 
 

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