The Tymes are an American soul vocal group who enjoyed equal success in the United Kingdom and in their homeland. They are one of the few acts to have one and only one chart-topper in both the US and UK with different songs.

Early career

The group was formed in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, in 1956 as the Latineers, by Donald Banks (bass), Albert Berry (first tenor), Norman Burnett (baritone), and George Hilliard (second tenor).After a four-year stint on Philadelphia's club circuit, they recruited a new lead vocalist, George Williams in 1960, and changed their name to The Tymes.

The Tymes had hits in the UK in the 1960s with songs such as "So Much in Love", a US chart topper and million-seller in 1963,[3] "Wonderful! Wonderful!", a remake of the Johnny Mathis classic hit from 1957, "Somewhere", then in 1970s with "You Little Trustmaker" and "Ms Grace". The last of these became the group's biggest UK hit, reaching Number One in the UK Singles Chart in 1975, but barely dented the Billboard Hot 100, long after the success of "So Much in Love". "Ms Grace", while only charting modestly in the US, was and remains a regional hit with the Carolina Beach Music scene.

The Tymes were also The Jewels (obviously not to be confused with the R&B girl group The Jewels), as in Billy Abbott and The Jewels, whose only Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100 entry was "Groovy Baby" in July 1963.

Later career

Their song "So Much in Love" was elected to the Songs of the Century in 2001. In 2005 The Tymes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The Tymes continue to perform with surviving original members Berry and Burnett. The group appeared on the 2003 PBS special My Music: Love Songs of the 50s and 60s, one of the last times all five original members performed live.

Deceased members

  • George Williams – born George Reginald Williams Jr, December 6, 1935, Philadelphia — died July 28, 2004, Maple ShadeNew Jersey – Lead vocalist[2]
  • Donald Banks – died October 7, 2011, aged 72 – bass[6][7]
  • George Hilliard – died September 24, 2014, age 73 – second tenor[8]

Discography Singles

Release date Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions Album
US UK
1963 "So Much In Love"
b/w "Roscoe James McClain" (Non-album track)
1 21 So Much In Love
"Wonderful! Wonderful!"
b/w "Come With Me To The Sea" (from Somewhere)
7  
"Somewhere"
b/w "View From My Window" (from Tymes Biggest Hits)
19   Somewhere
"Isle Of Love"
b/w "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
   
1964 "To Each His Own"
b/w "Wonderland Of Love"
78   Non-album tracks
"The Magic Of Our Summer Love"
b/w "With All My Heart"
99  
"Here She Comes"
b/w "Malibu"
92  
"The Twelfth Of Never"
b/w "Here She Comes" (Non-album track)
    So Much In Love
1966 "Pretend"
b/w "Street Talk"
    Non-album tracks
"A Touch Of Baby"
b/w "What Would I Do"
   
1967 "This Time It's Love"
b/w "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)"
   
1968 "People"
b/w "For Love Of Ivy"
39 16 People
1969 "God Bless The Child"
b/w "The Love That You're Looking For"
(Ain't Gonna Find It Here)"
   
"If You Love Me Baby"
b/w "Find My Way"
    Non-album tracks
1970 "Most Beautiful Married Lady"
b/w "Love Child"
   
1971 "She's Gone"
b/w "Someone To Watch Over Me"
   
1974 "You Little Trustmaker"
b/w "The North Hills"
12 18 Trustmaker
"Ms Grace"
b/w "The Crutch"
91 1
1975 "Someway, Somehow I'm Keepin' You"
b/w "Interloop!"
   
"God's Gonna Punish You"
b/w "If I Can't Make You Smile"
  41[3] Tymes Up
1976 "It's Cool"
b/w "Good Morning Dear Lord"
68[9]  
"Only Your Love"
b/w "Goin' Through The Motions"
   
"Savannah Sunny Sunday"
b/w "Love's Illusion"
    Turning Point
1977 "How Am I To Know (The Things A Girl In Love Should Know)"
b/w "I'll Take You There"
    Diggin' Their Roots