Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Vocal Group – “The Flamingos”

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Rock , Easy listening

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 16th July 1934
Location Born: United States of America

Date Died: 16th January 1995
Location Died: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Cancer


Other Links: See below:

Website:  The Flamingos


Sollie McElroy

Lead vocalist of “The Flamingos” and “The Five Echoes”
later he joined “The Chaunteurs”.

The Flamingos were a doo wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid to late 1950s.

Sollie McElroy was on their first Parrot session in 1953 but left the group in December 1954, to be replaced by tenor Nate Nelson.

The group split up in late 2005 due to money disputes.

Many changes during the groups career included members.

The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted[2] doo-wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid- to late 1950s and best known for their 1959 cover version of “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Billboard magazine wrote: “Universally hailed as one of the finest and most influential vocal groups in pop music history, the Flamingos defined doo wop at its most elegant and sophisticated.

Jacob Carey (Jake) and Ezekial Carey (Zeke), bass and 2nd tenor, respectively, formed the group in Chicago, Illinois, after meeting cousins baritone Paul Wilson and first tenor John E. “Johnny” Carter at a Hebrew Israelite congregation. Earl Lewis (not the Channels lead) soon joined, and after a series of name changes (The Swallows, El Flamingos, The Five Flamingos), wound up being known as the Flamingos. Sollie McElroy soon replaced Lewis (who joined the Five Echoes). The Flamingos’ first single (for Chance Records), “If I Can’t Have You”, was a moderate local success, as was the follow-up “That’s My Desire”, but it was Johnny Carter’s composition of “Golden Teardrops”, with its complex vocal harmonies and Carter’s soaring falsetto, that cemented their reputation as a top regional act of the day.

The Flamingos:

J.C. Carey
Doug McClure
Victor Brown
Sidney Hall
Flip Thomas

Terry Johnson’s Flamingos:

Terry “Buzzy” Johnson
Theresa Trigg
Jeff Calloway
Joseph Mirrione

Former members:

Ezikial Carey
Jacob Carey
Earl Lewis
Sollie McElroy
Nate Nelson
Paul Wilson