Johnny Flamingo was a smooth, popular Los Angeles balladeer who recorded during the 1950s with The Dots and with various anonymous vocal groups under his own name. With The Dots he shared lead vocals with his girlfriend and later wife, Jeanette Baker.
He was born Melvin J. Moore in Houston, Texas, on January 13, 1934, and later took the last name of his stepfather, Broxton. Los Angeles disk jockey Dick "Huggy Boy" Hugg claims that he's the one who dubbed the singer Johnny Flamingo, namng him for the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
After getting his start in an Air Force vocal group called The Criterions, Melvin returned to Los Angeles in 1956 and joined The Dots, who were signed to Huggy Boy's Caddy label. But Huggy Boy quickly saw greater possibilities in the burgeoning teen market for the handsome, light-skinned baritone, and so the career of Johnny Flamingo began.
Though they stopped recording in the early '60s, Flamingo and Jeanette Baker remained a popular act at clubs around Los Angeles, best known for dueting on "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," which Jeanette had originally recorded with Oscar McLollie for Class Records in 1958. (The song was recorded in the '60s by Louis Prima and Keely Smith for a movie of the same name.) Johnny and Jeanette performed at several Doo-Wop Society shows, including our March 4, 2000, Tribute to Hunter Hancock (which also featured Vernon Green in his final appearance).
Coincidentally, Johnny Flamingo and Vernon Green both died on Christmas Eve, 2000.
|As The Dots|
|Caddy 101||I Confess/I Wish I Could Meet Her||1956|
|Caddy 107||Johnny/I Lost You||1957|
|(There was a third Dots single on Caddy 111--"Good Luck to You"/"Heartsick and Lonely"--
but Johnny Flamingo wasn't present; Jeanette's background group was The Turks.)
|As Johnny Flamingo|
|Caddy 105||So Long/[not on flipside]||1957|
|Caddy 112||Make Me a Present of You/[not on flipside]||1957|
|Canton 1785||I/It Were You||1957|
|Aladdin 3385||When I Lost You/My Teenage Girl||1957|
|Aladdin 3406||So Long/Make Me a Present of You||1957|
|Caddy 114||My Girl/I'll See You in My Dreams||1958|
|Specialty 640||Paradise Hill/Will She Think of Me||1958|
|Malynn 101||United/I Just Cry||1959|
|Caddy 4175||Is It a Dream/You're Mine||1960|
|Dub-Tone 2580||I Just Cry/Is It a Dream||1961|
|Diadon 103||This Was Really Love/If You Say Please Go No||1961|
|Diadon 138||No More Doggin'/All Aboard||1961|
|Donna 1357||You're Mine/Is It a Dream||1962|
|Whirlybird 2001||Drive Slow/And This Was Really Love||1963|
|Old Sound 1005||So Long/[not on flipside]||1970s bootleg|
|As Jeanette Baker|
|Dub-Tone 2581*||Johnny/Heartsick and Lonely||1961|
|(This was a reissue of Dots recordings, with Johnny in the background. on "Johnny.")|
|Diadon DLP 201||Johnny Flamingo Sings (In The Wee Small Hours)||1961|
|Ace CH 80||Huggy Boy's Favorite Oldies From Caddy Records||1984|
|(Contains The Dots' first two Caddy singles and Johnny Flamingo's "I Just Cry"
and "My Girl.")
|Del-Fi 71256||Del-Fi Doo Wop, Vol. 1||1999|
|(Contains "You're Mine")|
|Del-Fi 71257||Del-Fi Doo Wop, Vol. 2||1999|
|(Contains unreleased version of "I")|
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