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thanks Lorenzo

I noticed there was a lot of discussion about the Mandells. I will give

you a few comments. The Money Town Label was from Chicago, Illinois.

George Redmon was the owner producer. The Mandells was the first group

recorded. The first song was "What Can You Do For Me" and the flip

side was "I Just Can't Win." We left Money Town after the two songs

were recorded and George Redmon took our song and used the original track

to record a couple of versions of "What can you do for me." He did so

without our permission.

Part II:

The original members of the Mandells - Vernon Hammons who was the lead on

those two songs, Lorenzo Clemons, Jonathan Barrett, Robert Hodges, Bobby,

Milton, and William Wright. The group left George Redmon and created the

record label Trans World Sound. TWS was Tom Smith, Wilbur Johnson, and

Silvester Richardson. Claude Johnson took over most of the lead with

Robert Hodges doing the some of the leads on other songs. The group make

up under this arraignment - Claude Johnson (Lil June), Vernon Hammons,

Lorenzo Clemons, Robert Hodges, Jonathan Barrett, William, Bobby, Milton

and Ronnie Wright. Two other members Herb and Robert also played in the

band. The Group was made up of singers and musicians. Everyone was from

Chicago. Lil June, Robert Hodges, and Milton Wright are deceased.

Thank you for you interest in Mandell's history.

Lorenzo Clemons

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