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the Emperors

Columbus, early 1960s

The Emperors were a male vocal group. The original members were Mike Grimm, Ron Treadway, RIch Kenny, with Donnie Fisher as the lead singer. Donnie left the group and was replaced by Frankie Adams.

This lineup recorded a 45 for Olimpic. Frankie Adams wrote the songs, with the A-side a dance novelty song "Steve Allen", named for the popular TV personality. The record was issued in a picture sleeve. There isn't much history on them after the record.

Frankie Adams opened his own club, Frankie's, in 1968 on Main St.

There is another record by the Emperors on the 3-J label from Columbus, almost certainly a different group. There was an ad in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper for Johnny Maynard and his Emperors with Ted Therio on guitar. We're not sure they were a rock/R&B group, if they are, they are likely the group on 3-J

Steve Allen / Darlin' In The Moonlight - Olimpic 245, 1963