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Keynotes

George Lowe

The Keynotes were probably the first black doo-wop vocal group in Grand Rapids. They recorded a 45 (single) which included Congratulations Baby and Carelessly. These songs were written by Jodi Bancino, who wrote music and facilitated recording sessions for other musicians, as well. During the summer of 1959, Congratulations Baby was located on the WMAX Top 40 charts. WMAX, WGRD and WOOD were among the first 1950s radio stations in Grand Rapids to play rock and roll and the recordings of local artists.

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