The Jive Five are an American doo-wop group. They are best known for their debut hit single, “My True Story” (1961), the Nickelodeon bumper jingles in the 1980s and 1990s, and the fact that they outlasted most of their musical peers by re-modeling themselves as a soul group in the 1970s and beyond.
Eugene Sampson Pitt (November 6, 1937 – June 29, 2018) was an American musician and the founding member of The Jive Five. He formed a group with some school friends in 1954 called the Genies, in which he was the lead singer. There were no recordings from this group.
In 1959 he, together with Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Norman Johnson, and Billy Prophet formed The Jive Five. Among their classic doo-wop recordings, released on Beltone Records, were “My True Story”, “Never, Never”, and “What Time Is It?”. In 1985, they sang doo wop on the American TV Cable Nickelodeon. Pitt and The Jive Five were introduced to New York cable TV branding consultants Fred Seibert and Alan Goodman by his latest producer, Ambient Sound’s Marty Pekar. Together, they embarked on an almost ten-year relationship, creating and singing the a cappella signature sound of the American children’s television network Nickelodeon. Terry Stewart, President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, called Pitt “the most underrated soul singer in America”. Eugene’s cousin, Elijah Pitts, was an NFL running back and long-time assistant coach. Pitt died at the age of 80 on June 29, 2018.
On today’s “Great Soul Performances” it’s all about “Beach Music!” Easter was this past Sunday, and the Monday following Easter officially starts “Beach Music Season.” I mean after the horrendous winter we’ve just gone through, what could be better? Spring is here, the Baseball Season 2015 is underway, and we look forward to summertime. So, on the Beach Music Playlist today you’ll find: The Embers, Billy Stewart, Eugene Pitt, the Esquires, the Tymes, Jerry Butler, Willie Tee, the Catalinas, Chuck Jackson, the Platters, and I even take a turn singing a “Beach Music Classic,” plus there’s a whole lot more. It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, following an encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. Please join me for all the classic songs as we usher in “Beach Music Season” because “Summertime’s Calling Me” on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Half the country is gripped in stormy weather this weekend, but we’ll try and liven things up this evening with another interesting “Great Soul Performances.” On the playlist is: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, the Whispers, Laura Lee, Spyro Gyra, the Tymes, James Brown, Joss Stone and Darlene Love “in concert.” We’ll get underway at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Next week is our annual Christmas show. So, it’s all good right here on RadioMaxMusic.com.
This week on “Great Soul Performances” you’ll hear: Gladys Knight & the Pips, L.T.D., Michael Jackson, the Manhattans, Eugene Pitt, Voyage, High Inergy, the Temprees, David Ruffin, the Honey Cone, James Brown, the “Candy Licker” Marvin Sease, “live in concert,” and much more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT and don’t forget the encore performance on Labor Day, Monday, at 10PM eastern time on RadioMaxMusic.com.
It’s a gorgeous Saturday just about everywhere. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we’ll celebrate spring with an offering of “Beach Music.” This past Sunday was Easter and Monday officially ushured in Beach Music season. On the broadcast you’ll hear all the great artists associated with beach music like the Embers, the Chairmen of the Board, Willie Tee, the Tams, the Band of Oz and yes, even Eugene Pitt. It’ll be a whole lot of fun. So join me at 7PM Eastern time on RadioMaxMusic.com. – Bobby Jay