UPDATED: 4-26-2002


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
Pico 2800 I/Summertime 1959
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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