In the early days of R&R, Doo-Wop groups sprung up all over the map, most toiling for small independent labels with very limited funds for proper promotion (or Payola while that scandal was in full swing), and consequently their commercial national hits were few and far between. Indeed, most have gone into the books as One-Hit Wonders, led by The Silhouettes and their smash early 1958 # 1 (Pop and R&B) Get A Job for Ember Records, The Monotones and their spring 1958 # 3 R&B/# 5 Pop The Book of Love for Argo (picked up from the even smaller Mascot label), and The Quin-Tones and their fall 1958 # 5 R&B/# 18 Pop Down The Aisle Of Love for Hunt Records.
Where the Philadelphia-based group The Turbans were concerned, it seems what funds Herald did have for proper promotion went to the likes of Faye Adams, Lightnin' Hopkins and The Mello-Kings. Which was too bad because, with Al Banks and his always-clear, beautiful falsetto usually leading the way (the others in the quartet were Matthew Platt, Andrew "Chet" Jones and Charles Williams), they were immensely talented, able to handle slow love ballads, uptempo rockers or the highly popular novelty type tunes that were in vogue back then, with equal aplomb. And on stage their act drew as much attention for their always-impeccable attire as did their singing talents.
That Banks falsetto was front and center on their first release, Let Me Show You (Around My Heart) which came out in late 1955 on Herald 458 and which scored well on regional charts as far apart as Boston and New Orleans as well as in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Cleveland. But it was the flip that received national attention on the air and in juke boxes, thereby driving record sales, as When You Dance (written by Jones) hit # 3 R&B and a solid # 33 Billboard Pop Top 100 in December.
That should have been sufficient to draw more interest to the great follow-up Sister Sookey which, b/w I'll Always Watch Over You (Herald 469), came out in early 1956. But, likely due to those promotional limitations, it failed to chart, as did the other four Herald releases: B-I-N-G-O (Bingo) b/w I'm Nobody's (Herald 478) and It Was A Night Like This b/w All Of My Love (Herald 486) in 1956, along with The Valley Of Love b/w Bye And Bye (Herald 495) and Congratulations b/w The Wadda-Do (Herald 510) in 1957.
All 12 Herald sides are in this Acrobat (U.K. distributor) volume with excellent sound reproduction and informative, comprehensive liner notes and comes highly recommended. If, however, you are looking for a bit more of the group's efforts - they subsequently released sides for Red Top (1958), Roulette (1960), Parkway (1961) and Imperial (1961), albeit with different personnel here and there - there are two volumes from Collectables with 18 tracks each (although 12 sides are repeated in each volume).
When the group dispersed later in the early 1960s, Earl Worsham - one of the later replacements - joined the new Ink Spots under Billy Byrd, and after that a new Coasters ensemble, before passing away on June 20, 2007. Banks, who became part of a revamped Drifters under Charlie Thomas in the early 1970s, died in July 1977 as he was putting together a new Turbans. John Christian, yet another later replacement, has also reportedly passed on.