When the G-Clefs — Harwich, MA-born brothers Teddy, Chris, Tim, and Ilanga Scott, and their pal Ray Gipson — first started performing in Roxbury backyards in the early 1950s as the Bob-o-Links, people paid a penny to see them. Just a few years and one name change later, they hit the recording studio and the national charts with the doo-wop songs like 1956’s “Ka-Ding-Dong” (featuring Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon on guitar!), ‘57’s “Cause You’re Mine,” and their big 1961 hit, the “Auld Lang Syne”-indebted “I Understand (Just How You Feel).” The group gigged regularly in the region, performing at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre, Revere Beach, and the Wonderland Ballroom, among countless other venues. By the time the band purchased the Peppermint Lounge in Revere — renaming it The Pied Piper — they were doing multiple shows every weeknight and more on Sundays. The group continued to perform together for over fifty years, into the 21st century, though Gipson, Tim Scott, and Teddy Scott have passed away in the past few years.
(by Ed Symkus and Stuart Troutman)