Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards (May 9, 1935 – March 12, 2018) was an American musician and member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures. Edwards was also an actor, who appeared briefly on Deadwood, an American Western drama television series
Little Sammy Davis (November 28, 1928 – February 16, 2018) was an American blues musician based in New York’s Hudson Valley. His music career began in the 1940s, but he was not widely known until the mid-1990s, when he began working in radio, singing, performing on tour, and recording studio album..
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Davis traveled with medicine shows and played with blues musicians such as Pinetop Perkins and Ike Turner. He spent a total of nine years on the road with Earl Hooker, including with the short-lived band of Hooker, Turner, Perkins and Albert King, Davis and Hooker recorded four sides for Henry Stone’s Rockin’ label in 1952 and 1953, billed as Little Sam Davis
In 1961, Barbara Alston December 29, 1943 – February 16, 2018, Mary Thomas, Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew (born 1945), Myrna Giraud and Patricia “Patsy” Wright formed the Crystals with the help of Benny Wells, Alston’s uncle. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector’s label Philles Records.
Their first hit, the gospel-influenced “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1961. Originally the B-side to “Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby” (featuring Wright on lead), the stirring pop ballad was co-written by Spector and Leroy Bates and featured Barbara Alston on vocals. The recording was made late on the evening of the high school prom at Central Commercial High School, the school attended by Barbara, Mary, and Myrna; they were still wearing their prom dresses, as they had come to the studio straight from the event. The single reached number 20 in January 1962, marking an auspicious debut for Spector’s Philles label