Monday, 8 August 2011

The Teardrops (Girl Group) - past member Hazel "Tinker" Smiddy (1965–1967)

The Teardrops were formed around 1961 by two friends, Dorothy Dyer and Linda Schroeder, (both girls were 14 years of age at the time) in Cincinnati, Ohio. They later recruited Hughes High School student and school friend Pat Strunk as the third voice. During 1962-63 the trio were performing at local teen tenues in Cincinnati until they were spotted by musician/arranger George Bud Reneau, who then introduced them to his partner, songwriter, Paul Trefzger. The trio signed with Bud and Paul's Saxony Records in 1964 along with the deal came fourth member, Wanda Sheriff. the now quartet recorded "Tonight I'm Gonna Fall In Love" / "That's Why I'll Get By" in the fall of 1964, It received local airplay in Cincinnati, and in other cities across the US. The Teardrop's local success had them opening for The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher.
In early 1965, they followed up with "Call Me and I'll Be Happy", which featured Schroeder on lead. After the single's release, founding member Dyer decide to leave the group, and was replaced by Tinker Smiddy. Their third single "Tears Come Tumbling" was granted national distribution by Musicor Records, who also issued their final single, "I Will Love You Dear Forever", in 1966.
By late 1966, other founding members, Sheriff and Strunk both left with Smiddy departing the group the following year. Dyer later returned to the group, rejoining Schroder along with two new members, Bobbie Frost and Susie Leight, for the final incarnation, until marriage and career changes caused the group to break up in 1969.
By the 1980s, all of the Teardrops recordings resurfaced on vinyl in the United Kingdom, including the unreleased track "Here Comes Loneliness" which went on to become a Northern soul favorite along with the B-sides, "Bubblegummer", You Won't Be There, and "I'm Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend". In 2001, Saxony Records released a compact disc of all the Teardrops material.
Today, all members of the Teardrops (with the exception of Linda Schroeder-Milazzo, who died in 2003) still reside in Cincinnati, and reunite to perform on special occasions.

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