|The reformed Crystalaires (after the accident).|
The only info I've found on this group is from Daddy C's Youtube channel, but it's a fascinating and terrible story so here it is:
The Crystalaires were a group from Lancaster, PA and were the hottest act in town back in 1959. On May 25, 1959, while coming home from a gig in Reading, PA, they were involved in a serious car accident that claimed the lives of 4 members of the group. Earlier that evening they were informed by their manager that King Records, out of Cincinnati, OH, offered them a record deal and wanted them to come to Chicago to re-cut "Nobody Nowhere" for national release. In July of 1960, Stan Selfon, of Stan's Record Bar in Lancaster, released the 2nd version of the tune (complete with bad splices in the master tape), on Sound Souvenir No.1. The proceeds (in part) were intended for the families of the deceased members to raise money for their headstones.
|photo by M. Fitzgerald|