Text Box: The Jean Thomas ‘New York’ Music Journal

Jean’s Story of New York music

The story of how Don and Jean moved from Florida to New York to make their careers is told by Jean and our historian friends.

The illustrated articles are in pdf format. Click on the thumbnail image and it will download to your PC . This is very much a ‘work in progress’ but has benefitted from the help of artists, collectors and music detectives around the world.

Part 1  - The Early Years Up-to 1963

Moving from Florida Don and Jean try to break into the New York Music industry as performers and writers. Click the image alongside.

Part 2 - Working With Artie Wayne and FGG 1964

The story of how a demo became a hit and how girl groups were made-up on a daily basis by New York’s producers. The trio of back-up singers that became favourites to ‘sweeten’ the sound of their records. Click the image alongside.

Part 3 - Working With Bob Crewe and the Rag Dolls 1964/65

Through the network of the music community Jean is recommended for one of Bob Crewe’s projects and a key sound and group are created for a brief but wonderful period. Sounds and songs that capture the essence of the girl group ‘genre’. Click the image alongside.

Part 4 - Solo work and Commercials 1966 on

From rare releases to demos….the artists they backed the songs they wrote for others Jean’s move into commercials. This part is currently being written

Part 5 - Lost and Found…...ongoing research

Jean and Don did hundreds of demos and more are found as time passes. This article will cover finds in Jean's session logs and will be developed over time.

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Up-dated November 2011