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The band chords DEFAULT

The Chords (American band)

This article is about the U.S. doo-wop group who had a hit with "Sh-Boom". For the British band from the 1970s, see The Chords (British band).

The Chords were a 1950s Americandoo-wop group, whose only hit was "Sh-Boom", which they wrote.


The group was formed by friends from a high school based in the Bronx, New York, United States.[1] The initial members were the brothers Carl and Claude Feaster, plus Jimmy Keyes, Floyd McRae, William Edwards, with support from the pianist Rupert Branker. The Chords were one of the first acts to be signed to the Atlantic Records subsidiary label, Cat Records.[1]

Their debut single was a doo-wop version of a Patti Page song, "Cross Over the Bridge", whilst the record label reluctantly allowed a number penned by the Chords on the B-side.[2] That track was "Sh-Boom", which quickly turned out to be the more popular side.[2] The record reached the top 10 of the US pop chart, which was then a unique occurrence for a R&B number.[2] The track was covered by The Crew-Cuts who took the song to the top of the charts, to arguably register the first US rock and roll number one hit record.[1]

The enthusiasm doo-wop fans had for the Chords' music was dampened when Gem Records claimed that one of the groups on its roster was called the Chords; consequently the group changed their name to the Chordcats.[2] Their success was a one-off, as subsequent releases, including "Zippety-Zum", all failed to chart.[2] A round of personnel changes and recordings on a variety of labels all failed to reignite the public's interest.[1][3][4][5]

Original members[edit]

  • Carl Feaster (lead, 1930–1981)
  • Claude Feaster (baritone, 1933–1975)
  • Jimmy Keyes (first tenor; 1930–1995)[3]
  • Floyd "Buddy" McRae (second tenor; 1927–March 19, 2013)[6]
  • William "Ricky" Edwards (bass, died 1964)

Floyd McRae, the last surviving original member, died on March 19, 2013, at a nursing home in the Bronx, at the age of 86.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abcdColin Larkin, ed. (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 71. ISBN .
  2. ^ abcdeColin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 45. ISBN .
  3. ^ abDavid Hinckley (2011-04-12). "Resolution would rename Bronx street in honor of 'Sh-Boom' group The Chords". Daily News. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^R.I.P. Floyd ‘Buddy’ McRae, Last Surviving Member Of The Chords - VVN Music, 21 March 2013
  5. ^"The Chords | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  6. ^ abDavid Hinckley (March 21, 2013). "Floyd 'Buddy' McRae, the last living member of the Chords and a singer on the song, 'Sh-Boom,' dies in Bronx hospital". Daily News. Retrieved April 10, 2015.

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The Chords (British band)

This article is about the British band from the 1970s. For the US doo wop group who had a hit with "Sh-Boom" in the 1950s, see The Chords (US band).

The Chords are a 1970s Britishpop music group, commonly associated with the 1970s mod revival, who had several hits in their homeland, before the decline of the trend brought about their break-up. They were one of the more successful groups to emerge during the revival, and they re-formed with the four original members for a UK tour during 2010.


The Chords, a South East London group, formed in 1978 when singer/guitarist Billy Hassett and his bassist cousin, Martin Mason, advertised for musicians in the NME and found guitarist and songwriter, Chris Pope.[1] Original drummer Paul Halpin did not stay long, at least behind his drum kit, and eventually became the group's tour manager.[1] In his place came Brett "Buddy" Ascott, and by March 1979 The Chords were taking the stage.[1] They gigged continuously over the spring and summer, headlining two modfestivals at London's Marquee Club and recording their first BBC Radio 1session for DJ John Peel in early July.[1] They also featured, along with some of their fans, on the cover of Time Out magazine. Amongst their early supporters were Paul Weller, who saw one of their first concerts, and Sham 69's Jimmy Pursey, who signed the group to his JP Productions company.[1]

The quartet recorded a handful of demos for Pursey, before the relationship soured after he heckled The Undertones at a concert which the Chords had opened. Polydor then signed the band to a recording contract.[1] For their debut single, the Chords chose one of the songs recorded for Pursey, "Now It's Gone", re-recorded it and had it released in September 1979. It rose to No. 63 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

They followed it up in January 1980 with "Maybe Tomorrow", which, bolstered by rave reviews in the press, shot in to the UK Top 40.[1][2] A second Peel session was recorded in March, and the next month their third single, "Something's Missing", arrived.[1] This taster for their debut album, So Far Away, reached No. 55.[1][2] The album made No. 30 in the UK Albums Chart in May,[2] bolstered by a UK tour.[1] The album included two cover versions; Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and The Beatles' "She Said She Said". AllMusic gave So Far Away 4.5 stars, the second highest rating possible.

"The British Way of Life" single arrived in July and reached No. 54, and "In My Street", released in October, topped out at No. 50.[2] The group continued touring, until a show at London's Music Machine in November 1980. The Chords sacked Hassett, and the former Vibrators' singer Kip Herring stepped in.[1] The old line-up was featured on the cover of their next single, "One More Minute", which arrived in May 1981.[1] It was a flop, as was August's "Turn Away Again", and the Chords called it a day the following month.[1]

In 1986, a live album entitled No One's Listening Anymore was issued, which was recorded in 1980.[1] A decade later, the double album compilation CD, This Is What They Want was released.[1]

In August 2010, The Chords went back on the road with their original line-up, promoting the single, "Another Thing Coming", and playing gigs across the UK. They also toured Australia and Japan in 2012. A DVD, What Became of the People We Used To Be - The History of The Chords was available from May 2012, charting the band's rise to cult status.



  • "Now It's Gone" (1979) – UK No. 63
  • "Maybe Tomorrow" (1980) – UK No. 40
  • "Things We Said" (1980) - UK
  • "Something's Missing" (1980) – UK No. 55
  • "The British Way of Life" (1980) – UK No. 54
  • "In My Street" (1980) – UK No. 50
  • "One More Minute" b/w "Who's Killing Who" (1981)
  • "Turn Away Again" (1981)
  • "Another Thing Coming" (2010)[2]


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FREE Campfire Singalong Songbook

The Weight

The Band


Capo 2 - Original version is in same key w/out capo, and requires a C#m barre chord.  This version avoids barre chords by substituting a Bm7 chord for the Bm.


Chord Guide

     3    4

G:    3x0003

       1 2 3

Bm7:  x20202

(substitute for Bm)

       32 1

C:    x32010


D:    xx0232

     2    4

G/F#: 2x0003


Em:   022000




Strum:D B D DUD B D DU  w/swing feel

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +





G(1 measure)


G(½)              Bm(½)             C(½)                         G(½)

I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead;

G(½)                       Bm(½)       C(½)              G(½)
   I just need some place where I can lay my head.

G(½)                           Bm(½)                C(½)                  G(½)
"Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?"

G(½)                              Bm(½)                   C(½)                   G(½)
   He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No!", was all he said.



G(¼)        D(¼)      C(½)  G(¼)    D(¼)        C(½)
   Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free;

G(¼)        D(¼)      C(½)   C(hold 7 beats--a measure of 4/4 and a measure of3/4) 
   Take a load off Fannie, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me.

/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C - - - /

G(½)                   Bm(½)        C(½)                         G(½)

  I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide;
G(½)            Bm(½)                        C(½)               G(½)

When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side.

G(½)                   Bm(½)          C(½)                   G(½)
    I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."

G(½)         Bm(½)                 C(½)                          G(½)
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."


G(½)                    Bm(½)             C(½)                G(½)
   Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say

G(½)              Bm(½)                 C(½)                                G(½)
  It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day.

G(½)                      Bm(½)             C(½)                 G(½)
   "Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"

G(½)                         Bm(½)                     C(½)                          G(½)
   He said, "Do me a favor, son, woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?"


G(½)                  Bm(½)                     C(½)                    G(½)
   Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog.

G(½)                    Bm(½)               C(½)                       G(½)
    He said, "I will fix your rags, if you'll take Jack, my dog."

G(½)                                  Bm(½)                C(½)                G(½)
   I said, "Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man."

G(½)                       Bm(½)                    C(½)                        G(½)
   He said, "That's okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can."


/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C - - - /


G(½)                     Bm(½)         C(½)                  G(½)
    Catch a Cannonball, now, t'take me down the line

G(½)            Bm(½)               C(½)              G(½)
   My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time.

G(½)                          Bm(½)                C(½)              G(½)
   To get back to Miss Annie, you know she's the only one.

G(½)                   Bm(½)             C(½)               G(½)
    Who sent me here with her regards for everyone.



/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C (hold) /

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