The Toys were an American pop girl group from Jamaica, New York, which was formed in 1961 and disbanded in 1968.
The trio consisted of:
* Barbara Harris (who sang lead most of the time).
* Barbara Parritt (born October 1, 1944, Wilmington, North Carolina).
* June Montiero (born July 1, 1946, Queens, New York).
The Toys were discovered at a talent show by manager Vince Marc, who introduced them to songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. Linzer and Randell wrote most of the songs recorded by them, including their U.S. #2 hit single "A Lover's Concerto", and also produced the group's 1965-66 recordings on Bob Crewe's DynoVoice record label. Global sales of this disc exceeded two million copies, with a gold record awarded by the R.I.A.A. in 1965. Their first U.S. tour was with Gene Pitney. In 1967 the group changed labels and producers, but charted only one more minor single (a cover of Brian Hyland's "Sealed with a Kiss") before breaking up.
The Toys appeared on most of the major TV rock programs, including Shindig!, Hullabaloo, and American Bandstand. They also had a cameo role in the 1967 beach movie It's a Bikini World.
Singles: (U.S. chart positions are Billboard Hot 100 except as noted.)
* 1965: "A Lover's Concerto" (U.S. #2, UK Singles Chart #5)
* 1966: "Attack!" (U.S. #18, UK #36)
* 1966: "Baby Toys" (U.S. #76)
* 1966: "Silver Spoon" (U.S. #111)
* 1966: "May My Heart Be Cast into Stone" (U.S. #85)
* 1968: "Sealed with a Kiss" (U.S. #112, U.S. R&B #48)
* 1966: The Toys Sing "A Lover's Concerto" and "Attack!" (U.S. Billboard 200 #92; Billboard Black Albums #9) - a CD version was released in 1994 with two bonus tracks.
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Thanks Mike, what a joy. I'm lead singer of the Servicemen. A group I had in Paris, 1960, appeared on a show with Bobby Blue Bland, only about a year or so after he recorded "Bobby, Little Boy Blue". Brings back memories for me.
Great memories, saw Graham Central Station in Manchester on the Warner Bros showcase tour that included Tower of Power and the Doobie Bros, last minute decision to go to the first night got free tickets from Warner Bros outside the Free Trade Hall, five rows from the front, Cheers for posting