The Hearts

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(left to right: Theresa Chatman, Anna Barnhill,
Justine Washington, Joyce Peterson and Rex Garvin)

    Joyce West - lead
    Hazel Anderson - tenor
    Florestine Barnes - tenor
    Louis Harris Murray - baritone
    Rex Garvin - keyboard

The Hearts came together in 1954 when Louise Harris, a student at JHS 136, in New York was asked to join Joyce West, Hazel Crutchfield, and Forestine Barnes for rehearsals at the Bronx home of Zel Sanders a female songwriter attempting to break into the record business. Accompanied by Sander's neighbor Rex Garin on piano, the quartet recorded Sanders' song "Lonely Nights" for Baton Records, a New York indie, and became one of the first girl groups to reach the R&B charts when "Lonely Nights" made #5 in 1955. Over the next 10 years the group underwent frequent member changes, (Sanders' discovery Justine "Baby" Washington was a member 1957-58) and had a minor hit with "Dear Abby" in 1963.