On the left is now former Victor Chuck Baker. Richard Mayer mentions that he was the most talented guy in their group, and he went on to wax a record for the Everest label in 1962. Billboard had a small article mentioning that "Bernie Solomon had signed singer-promoter Chuck Baker to Everest records. Baker's first release due the middle of the month (April 1962), will be "Lilacs In The Rain." The song "I Missed The Boat" was on the flip. One of his promoting gimmicks was to send Chicago area DJ's the record along with some white lilacs. Of course it was raining and snowing at the time...... Other interesting notes are promoting him in 1962 as he was performing at "Dan's Old House" on Mannheim Road, and apparently writing for Vee Jay as well as mentioning his new group at the time, the C Notes. "Lilacs In The Rain" was a regional hit in the south.
At the bottom of the advertisement on the above center, the promotion of Bobby Angel (Schimmel) and a semi instrumental called Submarine races .It was a 1962 recording for the Hillside IL. based Astra label, not to be confused with the PA label of the same name. This label had at least 6 issues by 6 different artists. The record capitalizes on the then popular activity of going to your local lake,river, or mammoth body of water, and looking for surfacing submarines with your latest girlfriend.
Updates: The Victors recorded additional songs with Hugh Barrett, and the Victors made some demos and performed some as the Trav-A-Leers. Richard Mayer recorded on the follow-up recording by Hugh Barrett/Victors for the Lucky Four label called Devil's Love, backed with Send For Me. Another demo was Laural Sue and listed the group as Chuck Baker and the Trav-A-Leers. Other Hugh Barrett recordings do not have personnel documented at this time. In September 2010, I had the chance to Interview Richard Mayer of the Victors, and you can listen HERE! A couple of clarifications on the interview: When Richard went into the bar, The girl who greeted him with a kiss said, "Come on back here with me, and I'll buy you a drink." Second, he never saw her again but heard Larry Dale on his return to the bar.
Chuck Baker worked for Capitol records after the war, in Chicago as a junior promotion man, then to Los Angeles working for Capitol Record Club and compilation LP's. He also wrote and produced singles under his name and one with the group Undisputed Truth. He is now a journalist/writer and founded Veterans Reporter News. He also has a radio show on KLAV AM in Nevada. Additional thoughts from Chuck Baker here.
My thanks to Richard Mayer, for without his story and documentation, this page would not be possible. Hugh Barrett has passed away. Richard Mayer is in Southern California, Chuck Baker is also around, but the rest of the guys whereabouts are unknown. Bobby Angel, Debbie And Sandy, where are you? Love to have you check in!