The Olympics is the name of at least three artists: 1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957 2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008 3) An indie rock group out of Iowa City ~ Detailed Infos Found Below ~ 1) The Olympics are an American doo-wop group, formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward (August 28, 1940 – December 11, 2006). The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor, Ward's cousin), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and, except for Lewis, were friends in a Los A...
The Olympics is the name of at least three artists:
1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957
2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008
3) An indie rock group out of Iowa City
~ Detailed Infos Found Below ~
1) The Olympics are an American doo-wop group, formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward (August 28, 1940 – December 11, 2006). The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor, Ward's cousin), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and, except for Lewis, were friends in a Los Angeles, California, high school.
Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers ("I Can Tell" on Melatone Records). After the name change, they recorded "Western Movies" (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, "Western Movies" made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation's preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.
In 1959 the group recorded "(Baby) Hully Gully," which initiated the hully gully dance craze. "Big Boy Pete," which the group released in 1960, served as inspiration for The Kingsmen's "Jolly Green Giant." Over the next ten years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.
In 1966 The Young Rascals covered The Olympics 1965 song, "Good Lovin'", and took it to #1 on the US Hot 100. Since then, many recorded versions have been made by prominent artists, including The Who, The Grateful Dead, and Bobby McFerrin.
Fizer was shot and killed during the Watts Riots in 1965. Shortly thereafter, King left the group after his sister died in an accidental shooting. A revamped group continued to record into the early 1970s but were unable to attain popular chart success after the mid 1960s. The Olympics continued to perform on the oldies circuit in the United States and other countries.
Walter Ward's song "Well (Baby please don't go)" (the b-side to "Western Movies") was recorded twice by John Lennon in 1971: the February 1971 studio recording was not issued until the 1998 John Lennon Anthology, then again on Wonsaponatime. A June 1971 live recording with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was issued on 1972's Some Time In New York City, and on Zappa's 1992's Playground Psychotics.
Eddie Lewis, tenor singer and last original member of the Olympics, passed away on May 31, 2017.
(Chart positions, except were noted, listed are from the Billboard Hot 100 chart)
"I Wanna Dance With the Teacher"71——
1960"(Baby) Hully Gully"72——
"Big Boy Pete"5010—
"Shimmy Like Kate"42——
"Dance By the Light of the Moon"47——
1961"I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"——40
"Baby, Do the Philly Dog"6320—
"Doin' The Hully Gully" (1960) Arvee A-423
"Dance By The Light Of The Moon" (1961) Arvee A-424
"Party Time" (1961) Arvee A-429
"Do The Bounce" (1963) Tri-Disc 1001
"Something Old, Something New" 1966 Mirwood
2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008 and consisting of Jonas Delfs on electronics, Robert Fabrin on drums, Niklas Frost Iversen on vocals and guitar, Jonatan Lykke-Olesen on bass and Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt on guitar.
The band has so far released:
Adventure Pop (EP)
Fires and Rivers (Single)
3) The Olympics are an indie rock group out of Iowa City who excel at weaving catchy riffs and melodies into a unique brand of pop music that makes for an upbeat live show. Little Village Magazine boasts The Olympics as "one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today" while TV personality Yale Cohn also claims "...The Olympics, one of the best young bands in Iowa..."
Barefoot Blondes (2012 / album)
Young Braves (2011 / EP) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.