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Rudy West & The Five Keys

The Sentimental Four (members Rudy West (born 25-July-1933 in Newport News, Virginia --- died 14-May-1988 --- cause: heart attack following cancer treatment), Bernie West, Ripley Ingram (born 21-January-1930 --- died 23-March-1995 --- cause: ?) and Raphael Ingram) 1945 gospel group from which The Five Keys originated -- no known recordings.  

The Sentimental Four (members Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, Raphael Ingram and Edwin Hall) 1949 lineup. Mid 1949 Raphael Ingram gets drafted as is replaced by James "Dickie" Smith, former member of local group The Virginia Brown Dots. 

The 5 Keys (members Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, Dickie Smith and Edwin Hall) 1950 group lineup.

The 5 Keys (members Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, Dickie Smith and Maryland Pierce)

Aladdin 3085 - With A Broken Heart / Too Late - 1951 (Due To A Pressing Plant Error Some Copies Of This Single Had A Floyd Dixon Song In Place Of  "With A Broken Heart"). 
Aladdin 3099 - Hucklebuck With Jimmy / The Glory Of Love - 1951 
Aladdin 3113 - Old Mcdonald / It's Christmas Time - 1951 

Aladdin 3118 - Old McDonald* / Yes Sir, That's My Baby** - 1952 *lead Maryland Pierce. **leads Rudy West & Dickie Smith.

Aladdin 3118 - Old McDonald* / Yes Sir, That's My Baby - 1952
*two known copies play "Teardrops From My Eyes" instead of "Old McDonald".
Aladdin 3127 - Red Sails In The Sunset* / Be Anything But Be Mine* - 1952 *leads Rudy West & Dickie Smith. ("Red Sails In The Sunset" was a 1935 hit for Bing Crosby, while the flip was a hit for Eddie Howard).

Aladdin 3131 - Mistakes / How Long - 1952 
Aladdin 3136 - I Hadn't Told Anyone Till You / Hold Me - 1952 
Aladdin 3158 - I Cried For You / Serve Another Round - 1952 
Aladdin 3167 - Come Go My Bail Louise / Can't Keep From Crying - 1953 
Aladdin 3175 - Mama (Your Daughter Told A Lie On Me) / There Ought To Be A Law - 1953
Aladdin 3190 - These Foolish Things / Lonesome Old Story - 1953 
Aladdin 3204 - Teardrops In Your Eyes / I'm So High - 1953 
Aladdin 3214 - My Saddest Hour / Oh! Babe - 1953 (Flat Blue Label Is Scarcer Than Glossy Blue Label Release.) 
Aladdin 3228 - Love My Loving / Someday Sweetheart - 1954 

Dickie Smith with Don Gardner & His Sonotones   

Bruce 103 - New Kind Of Love / When You're Gone - 1954 (with Don Gardner & His Sonotones -- having some time before entering the services, Willie Winfield, Dickie's cousin sets him up a recording session with Bruce records)

The 5 Keys

Aladdin 3245 - Deep In My Heart / How Do You Expect Me To Get It - 1954 
Groove 0031 - I'll Follow You / Lawdy Miss Mary - 1954 (Promo Issues Only) 

Capitol 2945 - Ling, Ting, Tong* / I'm Alone* - 1954 *lead Maryland Pierce --- this track was also recorded in 1954 by The Charms on Deluxe 6076.  (Rudy West is discharged from the army and rejoins the group -- Ulysses Hicks is kept on with the intention of phasing him out, all this is done with his knowledge)
Capitol 3032 - Close Your Eyes* / Doggone It, You Did It** - 1955 *leads Maryland Pierce & Rudy West --- also recorded in 1967 by Peaches and Herb on Date 1549. **lead Maryland Pierce. (1st - February - 1955 Ulysses Hicks dies of a heart attack at age 25 while still touring with the group)

Aladdin 3263 - My Love / Why, Oh Why - 1955  
Capitol 3127 - The Verdict / Me Make Um Pow Wow - 1955 
Capitol 3185 - Don't You Know I Love You /' I Wish I'd Never Learned To Read - 1955  
Capitol 3267 - Cause You're My Lover / Gee Whittakers - 1955 
Aladdin 3312 - Story Of Love / Serve Another Round - 1956 
Capitol 3318 - What Goes On / You Broke The Rules Of Love - 1956 
Capitol 3392 - I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven / She's The Most -1955 (Small Hole Release Is Scarcer Than Large Hole Release) 
Capitol 3455 - Peace And Love / My Pigeon's Gone - 1956 
Capitol 3502 - Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind / That's Right - 1956 
Capitol 3597 - Wisdom Of A Fool / Now Don't That Prove I Love You - 1956 
Capitol T-828 - Just For A Thrill / The Gypsy - 1957 (Promo Issue Only) 
Capitol 3660 - Let There Be You / Tiger Lily - 1957
Capitol 3710 - It's A Groove / Four Walls - 1957
Capitol 3738 - This I Promise You / The Blues Don't Care - 1957
Capitol 3786 - Boom-Boom / The Face Of An Angel - 1957
Capitol 3830 - Do Anything / It's A Crying Shame - 1957 
Capitol 3861 - From Me To You / Whippety Whirl - 1957 
Capitol 3948 - With All My Love / You're For Me - 1958 
Capitol 4009 - Handy Andy / Emily Please - 1958
Capitol 4092 - One Great Love / Really-O Truly-O - 1958 (Rudy West Leaves The Group)
King 5251 - I Took Your Love For A Toy / Ziggus - 1959
King 5273 - Dream On / Dancing Senorita - 1959

Rudy West
(backed by studio group)

King 5276 - Just To Be With You / You Were Mine - 1959 
King 5385 - My Mother's Prayers / As Sure As I Live - 1959

The 5 Keys

King 5302 - How Can I Forget You / I Burned Your Letter - 1959 

Rudy West (backed by studio group)

King 5305 - The Measure Of My Love / This Is Something Else - 1959

The 5 Keys

King 5330 - Gonna Be Too Late / Rosetta - 1960 
King 5358 - I Didn't Know / No Says My Heart - 1960
King 5398 - Valley Of Love / Bimbo -1960 (infighting leads to the breakup of the group, Maryland Pierce decided to keep The Five Keys going with a new lineup consisting of himself, Gene Moore, Raymond Haskiss, Daytill "Pepper" Jones and Ramon Loper rejoins group -- group stayed together a few months then Maryland Pierce left)  
King 5446 - You Broke The Only Heart / That's What You're Doing To Me - 1961 
King 5496 - Stop Your Crying / Do Something For Me - 1961 

Rudy West & The Five Keys (members Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, James "Saggy" Boyd and Willie Friday)

Seg-Way 1008 - Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind / You're The One - 1961 

The Five Keys

Imperial 016 - The Glory Of Love / My Saddest Hour - 1962

The Fantastic Five Keys  

Capitol 4828 - From The Bottom Of My Heart* / Out Of Sight Out Of Mind** - 1962 *lead Maryland Pierce.     **lead Rudy West --- also recorded in 1967 by Carol Fran on Roulette 4719

Jesse Belvin  & The Five Keys / Feathers

Candlelite 427 - Love Song* / Why Don't You Write Me** - 1963 *the group was actually Bobby Relf & The Laurels. **flip by The Feathers the Aladdin group.

The Five Keys

Capitol 6049 - Close Your Eyes / The Verdict - 1964 
King 5877 - I'll Never Stop Loving You / I Can't Escape From You - 1964 
Bangar 661 - Run-Around / I Tell My Heart - 1965

Rudy West & The Five Keys (members Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, James "Saggy" Boyd and Willie Friday)

Inferno 4500 - No Matter / Hey Girl - 1967 (This 45 Was Recorded At The Seg-Way Session)

The Five Keys

Capitol 6186 - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind / The Verdict - 1972 
Capitol 6192 - Ling, Ting, Tong / Wisdom Of A Fool - 1972 

The Five Keys / The Marylanders

Roadhouse 1003 - Sweetheart / Sittin' Here Wondering - Flip Side By The Marylanders.

The 5 Keys 

United Artists Xw150 - The Glory Of Love / My Saddest Hour - 1972 (Silver Spotlight Series)

The Five Keys featuring Rudy West

Ram Landmark 101 - Goddess Of Love / Stop What You're Doing To Me - 1973 

The Five Keys

Owl 321 - A Dreamer / Your Teeth And Your Tongue - 1973  
Bim Bam Boom 116 - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind / Close Your Eyes - 1973 (An A Capella 45)

The Five Keys / Marvin & Johnny

Liberty 1394 - It's Christmas Time / It's Christmas** - 1980 *lead Rudy West. **flip by Marvin & Johnny 

The Five Keys  

Gusto 2141 - Gonna Be Too Late* / Your Teeth And Tongue* - ? *Lead Maryland Pierce.   

Rudy West of The Five Keys with Rhythm Accompaniment  

Classic Artists 112 - Miracle Moment Of Love* / When Was The Last Time* - 1989 *lead Rudy West. (1000 copies made in red vinyl and 1000 copies made in black vinyl)
Classic Artists 115 - I Want You For Christmas / Express Yourself Back Home - 1989 (1000 copies made in red vinyl and 1000 copies made in black vinyl) 

The Five Keys / Fats Domino

The Right Stuff S7-19768 - Every Heart Is Home At Christmas / Frosty The Snowman - 1997 flip by Fats Domino.

The Five Keys

Collectables Col 060127 - Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind / Ling Ting Tong - ?
Collectables Col 061717 - It's Christmas Time / Red Sails In The Sunset - ?