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Velons songs The VELONS, John King, James "Jimmy" Falwell, Gilbert Farrall and Oliver and Gerald Crosby, began singing in 1958 while in high school in Washington, D.C. Later, the Crosby brothers left the group and James "Buddy" Owens, who had performed with another group known as The Versatiles, replaced them.
The VELONS began their professional career in 1968. As a dedication to the soldiers in Viet Nam, The VELONS, consisting of John King, Jimmy Falwell, Gilbert Farrall and Buddy Owens, recorded their first record, "Why Don't You Write?" on the BJM label (6568-A). That same year they recorded, "That's What Love Can Do" (BJM 6569-A). Both records had local success and are now collectors' items on the oldies circuit. In 1969, the group teamed with Jean Quander, another local vocalist, to record an unreleased album. They temporarily disbanded shortly afterwards.
In 1971, Jimmy Falwell, John King and Gilbert Farrall, as JJ & G, recorded, "That's What I Get for Loving You", on TEC Records (T1071-72) that was later released on the Atlantic label. In that same year, Buddy Owens recorded an unreleased single, "I'm Trying to Tell You Something" on the BJM label.
Around 1974, Jean Quander released a single on BJM Records (BJM 577), "If He Walked Into My Life". She was backed by the distinctive sound of The VELONS, then Jimmy Falwell, Buddy Owens and a new member, Robert "Bobby" Horn, who previously sang with The Ambassadors. Soon after, Gilbert Farrall rejoined The VELONS and Carrie Mingo, who had performed with The Four Jewels, was also recruited. The group recorded two albums. Their first album, "Remember When" on the MAXI label (MR-lll), was re-released as "Come Get These Memories" on Solid Smoke (SS-8008). The second album, "Moonlight and Music," was also released on Solid Smoke (SS-598-1). Carrie Mingo left The VELONS in 1987 to pursue a new business venture. Three of The VELONS, Buddy Owens, Gilbert Farrall and Bobby Horn, did background vocals in 1982 for Billy Price and the Keystone Band's album, "They Found Me Guilty" (Green Dolphin Records, GD7852). In 1985, they also backed Billy ...