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The Royal Jokers

The Serenaders (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac "Ike" Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon "T-Man" Hill)

J-V-B 2001 - Tomorrow Night* / Why Don't You Do Right** - 1952 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Lead Noah Howell. (The "A" Side Is A Cover Of Lonnie Johnson's 1948 Hit. While The Flip Song More Recently Showed Up Sung By Jessica Rabbit, In The Cartoon Movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?")

The Caverliers (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)

No Known Recordings.

The Musketeers (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)

Roxy 801 - Goodbye My Love* / Love Me Till My Dying Day** - 1952 *Leads Thearon Hill & Norman Thrasher. **Lead Thearon Hill. (The Flip Side Title Was Misprinted And Should Have Been "Love Me Till Your Dying Day")

The Serenaders (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)

Coral 60720 - It's Funny* / Confession Is Good For The Soul** - 1952 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Lead Noah Howell.
Coral 65093 - Misery* / But I Forgive You** - 1952 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Leads Noah Howell & Thearon Hill.

The Muskateers (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill) (Note Mispelling Of Group Name By Record Label)

Swing Time 331 - Deep In My Heart* / Love Me Til Your Dying Day** - 1953 *Same Song As "Goodbye My Love" On Roxy 801, Leads Thearon Hill & Norman Thrasher. **Lead Thearon Hill.

The Serenaders (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)

Red Robin 115 - Will She Know?* / I Want To Love You Baby** - 1953 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Leads Thearon Hill & Isaac Reese.
Deluxe 6022 - Please, Please Forgive Me* / Baby** - 1953 *Leads Noah Howell & Thearon Hill. **Lead Noah Howell.
Swing Time 347 - Ain't Goin' To Cry No More* / M-Ay-B-E-L-L** - 1954 *Lead Norman Thrasher. **Group Sings In Unison. (On The Flip The Group Actually Sings "M-A-B-E-L" )

The Royals (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)

Venus 103 - Someday We'll Meet Again* / I Want You To Be My Baby - Mambo** - 1954 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Group Sings In Unison. (Both Sides Of This Recording Were Written By Maurice King Who Later Became A Musical Director For Motown. In The Early 1950's Bea Baker (Better Known As Lavern Baker) Was A Vocalist In Maurice King's Band)

The Royal Jokers (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Ted Green, Willie Jones And Thearon Hill)

Atco 6052 - You Tickle Me Baby* / Stay Here* - 1955 *Lead Willie Jones.
Atco 6062 - Don't Leave Me Fanny* / Rocks In My Pillow** - 1956 *Lead Willie Jones. **Leads Noah Howell & Norman Thrasher. (The Flip Is A Re-Recording Of Their Coral 65093 Release "But I Forgive You")
Atco 6077 - She's Mine All Mine* / Ride On Little Girl* - 1956 *Lead Willie Jones.

The Scooters (Members Noah Howell, Norman Thrasher, Isaac Reese, Henry Booth And Thearon Hill)
Dawn 224 - Someday We'll Meet Again* / Really** - 1957 *Lead Thearon Hill. **Not Them. (This Is A Very Bizarre Recording As The Group Never Recorded Or Named Themselves The Scooters. The "A" Side Is The Royals Recording From Venus 103, While The Flip Is A Totally Different Group Altogether. Also Someone At The Pressing Plant Must Have Made A Mistake Because If You Play The Record At 45rpm It Sounds Like The Chipmunks Singing R&B, But If You Play It At 33 1/3 Rpm The Record Is Clearly The Royals)

The Royal Jokers (Members Noah Howell, Ted Green, Willie Jones And Billy Lyons A Former Member Of The 5 Jets)

Fortune 840 - Sweet Little Angel* / I Don't Like You That Much** - 1958 *Lead Ted Green. **Lead Noah Howell.
Hi-Q 5004 - September In The Rain* / Spring** - 1958 *Lead Billy Lyons. **Lead Willie Jones. (After This Release Raymond Dorsey Former Member Of The Thrillers, The 5 Jets, The 5 Stars And The Early Voice Masters Joins The Group)
Metro 20032 - Sam's Back* / Grabitis** - 1960 *Lead Ted Green. **Lead Noah Howell.
Keldon 322 - Lovey Dovey* / Nickel, 3 Dimes And 5 Quarters* - 1960 *Lead Billy Lyons. (The "A" Side Is A Cover Of The Clovers 1954 Release On Atlantic 1022)
Big Top 3064 - Hard Times* / Red Hot* - 1961 *Lead Ted Green. (After This Release Ted Green Leaves The Group)
Fortune 560 - You Tickle Me Baby* / You Came Along** - 1963 *Lead Willie Jones. **Lead Billy Lyons.
Wingate 020 - Love Game (From A To Z)* / Love Game (From A To Z) (Instrumental Version) - 1966 *Lead Willie Jones. (After This Release Willie Jones And Billie Lyons Leave The Group And Are Replaced By Bobby Ruffin And Stanley Mitchell A Former Member Of The Tornados On Chess And Bumble Bee)

Trivia
The name The Royal Jokers was suggested by Maurice King.
Norman Thrasher left The Royal Jokers to become road manager for Hank Ballard & The Midniters, later he ended up replacing Sonny Woods in the group. He left The Midniters in 1963 and became a soloist for a while, before becoming manager for Joe Tex. He ended up at CHESS records where he promoted Ramsey Lewis, The Dells and Reverand C.L. Franklin (Aretha's father). He then went into independant promotions, ending up at Twentieth Century Fox where he promoted Barry White. From 1982 to 1989 he managed The Spinners.
In 1959 Thearon Hill joined The Four Tops to replace army-bound Renaldo "Obie" Benson. He was on The Four Tops Columbia recordings in 1960. When Renaldo "Obie" Benson returned in 1962, Thearon Hill became a house singer at The Twenty Grand Club then in 1964 he re-joined The Four Tops as their road manager, a position he held until 1980.
Stanley Mitchell and Bobby Ruffin leave the group in the late 1960's - Ruffin going off to sing with Charlie Thomas' Drifters.