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the Creations / Claude Robinson

Cleveland, 1959-61


The Creations were a vocal group led by Claude Robinson. The group included Claude, his brother Ty Robinson, Robert Ray Jamison, Rudy Rhone, and a girl, Annette Tucker.

The group was together for a year or so but released two 45s. The first one was under the name of the Creations and came out on Patti-Jo records from Philadelphia. Both sides were written by Claude and the record got some airplay and sales. They recorded another 45 in 1960 for Cleveland's Studio label. The record was credited to Claude and includes the uptempo "Cotton Pickin' Mama" with an aggressive guitar break, but the A side "Kisses" written by Studio label owners Shelly Haims and Perry Stevens was the hit side. The Studio record has two pressings, yellow and blue.

The group disbanded because a couple members were drafted. Annette Tucker married Futuretones singer Charles Hatcher in 1963, before he became known as Edwin Starr.

Seventeen / You'll Always Be Mine - Patti-Jo 1703, July 1960
Kisses / Cotton Pickin' Mama - Studio 1002, 1960