V-Eights

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Asbury Park, NJ-based R&B vocal group the V-Eights were founded in 1958. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the September 1975 issue of Yesterday's Memories, first tenor Roosevelt McDuffie previously…
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Asbury Park, NJ-based R&B vocal group the V-Eights were founded in 1958. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the September 1975 issue of Yesterday's Memories, first tenor Roosevelt McDuffie previously recorded with the Vibranaires (aka the Vibes), who scored a major regional hit with 1954's "Doll Face" before military duties forced them to part ways. Tenors Leroy Brown, Tony Maples, and Delmar "Kirby" Goggins along with bass Frank Hosendove completed the original V-Eights lineup, who in 1959 signed to the Most label to record their debut single, "Pretty Girl."

When Brown dropped out of sight in 1960, McDuffie enlisted Vibranaires founder Bobby Thomas as his replacement, and at year's end the V-Eights resurfaced on manager Gervais Tilman's Vibro label with "My Heart" -- Goggins was the next to go, with tenor Henry "Stoney" Jackson taking his place for 1961's "Everything You Said." After the follow-up, "Let's Take a Chance," Jackson too exited, and despite adding tenor Bobby Young, the V-Eights split in 1962. McDuffie, Thomas, and Young later reunited in a reconstituted Vibranaires, and in 1966 the trio joined Sonny Til in his immortal doo wop ensemble the Orioles.