Formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA in the early 60s, Ronnie and the Hi-Lites were a doo-wop group best remembered for one recording, the 1962 US Top 20 ballad ‘I Wish That We Were Married’. The group, originally called the Cascades, initially consisted of tenors Sonny Caldwell and John Witney, bass singer Kenny Overby and baritone Stanley Brown. Adding 12-year-old Ronnie Goodson as their lead singer, they were soon introduced to songwriter Marian Weiss, who offered them ‘I Wish That We Were Married’. The small Joy Records label picked up the demo recording the group had made and, renaming the ensemble, released the single. The group released only one other single for Joy and it was unsuccessful. They recorded a few more singles for Win Records, without success. Ronnie Goodson died 4 November 1980.
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