In 1961 the Cleftones included Herb Cox, Charlie James, Warren Corbin, Gene Pearson and new addition Pat Spann, the first and only female to sing with the group. They reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Heart and Soul"," a rearrangement of a 1938 song of the same name.
"It seemed like everybody and his brother had a singing group back in the '50s. I think we caught on because we didn't have that stereotypical rhythm-and-blues sound. We were bubblegum. Something bouncing and refreshing. But I'll tell you this: Once you got popular, you were expected to work. I can remember playing five shows a night at the Apollo theater. We went on every hour and were paid $500 to split five ways."
Whispering Bells reached #49 on the Billboard top 100 songs in 1957. This song turned out to be an "Our Song" for a special couple during that formative year. "It wasn't me though. . . Nope! . . . Not Me."