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  Marvin & Johnny

By Marv Goldberg



© 2009 by Marv Goldberg


This is not intended to be a biography of "Marvin & Johnny." Instead, it's a detailed discography, pointing out what voices you'll hear on any record that was released as by "Marvin & Johnny."

Marvin Phillips used a bewildering array of singers as "Johnny" (although none of them was actually named Johnny). In late 1952, he and Jesse Belvin (as "Jesse & Marvin") had had a hit with "Dream Girl" and he chose "Marvin & Johnny" to suggest the name of the original duo. Note that some discographies list a "Johnny Dean," whom Marvin Phillips has said he never heard of.

Usually, a record released as "Marvin & Johnny" had two voices. However, it could just as well be a solo by Marvin Phillips; Marvin, backed up by singing band members; Marvin with more than one "Johnny" (for example, both Jesse Belvin and Emory Perry); or Marvin, overdubbing his own voice.

In addition, Marvin had recordings released under his own name or as "Long Tall Marvin"; these are not in the discography. What is present are photos of those singers who were "Johnny."



MARVIN & JOHNNY

In all cases, these recordings were released as by "Marvin & Johnny,"
regardless of the number of voices.


Marvin PhillipsMarvin Phillips is "Marvin" on all the following recordings.



The "Johnnies" are:


Billy Richard BR = Billy Richard (see Robins)
Bobby Sheen BS = Bobby Sheen (see Robins)
Carl Green CG = Carl Green (see Turks)
Emory Perry EP = Emory Perry
Jesse Belvin JB = Jesse Belvin
Rufus Anderson RA = Rufus Anderson
Roy Richard RR = Roy Richard (see Robins)
Willie Egan WE = Willie Egan


SPECIALTY
479 I'm Not A Fool (CG)/Baby Doll (CG) - 10/53
488 Jo Jo (EP)/How Long She Been Gone (EP) - 3/54
498 Boy Loves Girl (EP)/School Of Love (EP) - 6/54

    UNRELEASED SPECIALTY
       Honey (CG)
       If I Should Lose You (CG)
       I Want Lovin' (CG)

MODERN
933 Cherry Pie (EP)/Tick Tock (EP) - 7/54

SPECIALTY
530 Flip (CG)/Day In, Day Out (EP) - 8/54

MODERN
941 Sugar (solo)/Kiss Me (EP) - 9/54
946 Little Honey (EP)/Honey Girl (EP) - 12/54
949 Ko Ko Mo (JB)/Sometimes I Wonder (EP) - 1/55
952 I Love You Yes I Do (JB)/Baby Won't You Marry Me (EP) - 55
959 Sugar Mama (JB)/Butter Ball (EP) - 5/55

SPECIALTY
554 Mamo Mamo (Marvin solo, with band vocals)/Ding Dong Baby (Marvin, overdubbed, with band vocals ) - 6/55

    UNRELEASED SPECIALTY
      What's The Matter (overdubbed & band vocals)

MODERN
968 Will You Love Me (RA)/Sweet Dreams (a Marvin solo)- 9/55
974 Ain't That Right (Marvin solo, with band vocals)/Let Me Know (JB/EP) - 10/55

   UNRELEASED MODERN
      I Wanna (JB)
      Vip Vop (probably Marvin overdubbed)

ALADDIN
3335 My Dear, My Darlin' (Marvin and a group)/Hey Chicken (EP) - 8/56
3371 Yak-Yak (EP)/Pretty Eyes (EP) - 4/57

RAYS
34 Baby, Baby, Baby (WE)/Bye Bye Baby (WE) - 9/57

ALADDIN
3408 You're In My Heart (RR)/Smack Smack (RR) - 1/58
3439 The Valley Of Love (EP)/It's Christmas (EP) - 7/58

KENT
303 Cherry Pie (EP)/Ain't That Right (JB/EP) (reissues) - 5/58

FIREFLY
333 Second Helping Of Cherry Pie (BS)/Pretty One (WE) - 7/60

JAMIE
1188 Once Upon A Time (female group)/Tick Tock (no group) - 61

SWINGIN'
641 I'm Tired Of Being Alone (WE)/Baby Don't You Know (WE) - 61
645 Second Helping Of Cherry Pie (BS)/Pretty One (WE) (reissues) - 62

FELSTED
8681 I'm Tired Of Being Alone (WE)/Hot Biscuits And Gravy (BR/BS) - 62

OLDIES 45
80 Cherry Pie (EP)/Ain't That Right (JB/EP) (reissues) - 63

KENT
436 Baby You're The One (BS)/Dear One (EP) - 65
2 Cherry Pie (EP)/Ain't That Right (JB/EP) (reissues) - 65

LANA
127 Cherry Pie (EP)/Ain't That Right (JB/EP) (reissues) - 65

RENCO
102 Be Mine Tonight (??)/Suzanne (??) - 65

LIBERTY
1394 It's Christmas (EP) (reissue)/[It's Christmas Time - 5 Keys] - late 70s
      Not sure if this is real. The Liberty files don't show that number series.


Rip Spencer and Ron ShyIn the mid-60s, Marvin Phillips retired and gave the name "Marvin & Johnny" to his nephew, Sheridan "Rip" Spencer (who had been in the Valiants). The following recordings are by him (as "Marvin"), along with Ron Shy (as "Johnny").

BRASS STAR (Living Proof, featuring Marvin & Johnny)
001 Cherry Pie/Loner's Odyssey - 87




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