The Rainbow’s Mary Lee And Evening


I don’t think this has happened in a while! Two of the same singles, just different releases, that is. This time it’s the Rainbows’ “Mary Lee” and “Evening”. I couldn’t find much on the group, aside from a little bloop on AllMusic.com.

The Rainbows were one of Washington, D.C.’s pioneering vocal groups in the 1950s.

“Mary Lee” was released on Morgan “Bobby” Robinson’s Red Robin label in 1955. Red Robin then leased “Mary Lee” to Pilgrim Records, who promoted it into a small regional hit. For its follow-up, “Shirley” (1956), Berry recruited Chester Simmons and Don Covay to form the lineup most associated with the group. Copies of “Shirley” can be found on three different labels — Pilgrim, Argyle, and Red Robin — but none did it any justice. “Minnie” on Rama Records in 1957 became their swan song, and despite popularity in Washington, the sales were disappointing and the group disbanded.

RainbowsMaryLeeEvening

Side One

Mary Lee

Side Two

Evening

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Side One

Evening

Side Two

Mary Lee

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