The Ad Libs were a male-female R&B vocal quintet from Bayonne, New Jersey that became famous during the mid 1960s. Formed in 1964 and first known as The Creators, the original lineup consisted of Danny Austin, Norman Donegan, Hugh Harris, Dave Watt, and lead singer Mary Ann Thomas.
The Ad Libs are best known for their upbeat doo-wop-styled 1965 debut smash, "The Boy From New York City," featuring Thomas' crystal clear lead vocals with male harmonic backing. They followed up later that year with "He Ain't No Angel" (1965) and had their final charting song in 1969 with "Giving Up," which made the R&B Top 40. The group continued to record through the early 1980s, with a number of personnel changes.
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The Ad Libs
- The Boy From New York City 1965
(This song later also became a hit for the Manhattan Transfer (1981).)
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