Jean & The Darlings (4)
Jeanne & The Darlings (4)
(Little Rock, Arkansas)
Jeanne Dolphus (aka Jean/Jeanne Darling) (Lead)
Delores “Dee” Dolphus
Jean & The Darlings
1967 - How Can You Mistreat The One You Love / That Man Of Mine (Volt 151)
Jeanne & The Darlings
1968 - Soul Girl / What's Gonna Happen To Me (Volt 156)
1968 - What Will Later On Be Like / Hang Me Down (Volt 159)
1968 - It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul) / I Like What You're Doing To Me (Volt 4005)
1969 - It's Time To Pay For The Fun (We've Had) / Standing In The Need Of Your Love (Volt 4015)
1969 - Singing About Love / Let Them See In Me (Volt 4035)
196x - Changes (Volt)
196x - I’m In Love With You (Volt)
In the mid-1960s, when the Gospel group The Dolphus Singers evolved into the secular group Jeanne & The Darlings, they auditioned for Barry Gordy of Motown Records, but left Motown without a record deal. Shortly afterwards they signed with Chess Records in Chicago. The group had a recording session, but Chess didn’t release a record. When the contract expired they switched to the Stax/Volt label in Nashville.
At that time the group consisted of the sisters Jeanne (also spelled Jean) and Dee Dolphus, Jeanne’s daughter Paula, and family friend Phefe Harris. They rolled out six exemplary 45s, but also backed up a number of Stax’ solo artists, and brought sass, grit and power to the girl group sound.
Isaac Hayes and David Porter wrote and produced their first two Volt (a subsidiary of Stax) singles: ”How Can You Mistreat The One You Love” b/w “That Man of Mine” (1967) and “Soul Girl” (1968), nice songs that didn't go. “Soul Girl” was a re-working of Sam & Dave’s mighty “Soul Man”.
The company assigned Homer Banks and Allen Jones for the third single, “What Will Later on Be Like,” released late in 1968. Banks, along with Don Davis and Clyde Wilson (Steve Mancha), wrote “It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul)” a gutty May 1969 release backed with a revamping of Carla Thomas' “I Like What You're Doing to Me.” Volt issued the final Jeanne & the Darlings single October 1969, but “It's Time to Pay for the Fun (We've Had)” didn't even pay the water bill and Jeanne & the Darlings vanished forever. Two songs, “Changes” and “I’m In Love With You” stayed in the can, and has been recently released.
How Can You Mistreat The One You Love
That Man Of Mine
What's Gonna Happen To Me
What Will Later On Be Like
Hang Me Down
It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul)
I Like What You're Doing To Me
It's Time To Pay For The Fun (We've Had)
Standing In The Need Of Your Love
Singing About Love
Let Them See In Me
Changes / I'm In Love With You