Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers (“I Can Tell” on Melatone Records). After the name change, they recorded “Western Movies” (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, “Western Movies” made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thesong reflected the nation’s preoccupation with western themedmovies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TVwesterns, and it included doo-wopharmonies as well as backgroundgunshots and ricocht sound effects.
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