With the quintet such an enduring size for a musical formation, it is certainly no surprise that there are Five Barons, along with five of so many other types of things. Doo wop and vocal group collectors may become curious about the group following what would have to be a long trip to the used record pile with excavations of an archaeological nature undertaken. Like a scattering of mosaic tiles, the sight of the Beacon label arouses a certain amount of excitement all on its own. Flip this newly found single over and there is a whole lot of nothing -- it's a one-sider. If the name of the song is "Fine as Wine" then this is indeed the rare Five Barons' side, catalog number 9144 to be precise.
It is the only known recording of this group, and is thought to have been created in order to promote the song, not the singers. Both were tuneful enterprises backed by Philadelphia promoter and songwriter Charles Roisman. His 1952 contract with Beacon manager, publisher and producer Joe Davis bound the Five Barons to the recording of "Fine as Wine," a song by Roisman which is among a half-dozen with this title. The only surprise is that there are not more, considering to what extent "Fine as Wine" crystallizes two important songwriting standards: it rhymes and it mentions alcohol. With at least a workable recording of the song in their flasks, Roisman and Davis could then approach other recording artists, in this case the vocal group of chirpers known as the Crickets. Roisman is thought to have had some kind of managerial or at least promotional involvement with the Five Barons. The group was led by guitarist Sam Alexander and also featured vocalist Ernest Ambristeri.