The El Venos


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RCA Recording Artists Known for Geraldine
The El Venos formed in Pittsburgh in 1955, with members Leon Daniels, Daniel Jackson, Anna Mae Jackson,Leon Taylor, Joey Daniels, and Bernard Palmer.  The 16-year-old high school act cut their first record "Geraldine/Now That We're Together" on RCA Records' Groove subsidiary in 1956.  It received airplay on the East Coast and the group was invited to appear on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  But their label would not pay for their trip to Philadelphia.  They released their second recording on the RCA Vik subsidiary, "You Must Be True/My Heart Beats Faster". They signed with Calico Records and Mercury Records.  RCA  re released "My Heart Beats Faster," in 1968 with "You Won't Be True," pulled from RCA's vault of unreleased tracks.

The group continues to perform at Doo-Wop shows throughout the country.