In 1963, they released their third and most
successful record, "Twins." After reaching No. 7 on
the local Top 40 charts, Cadet Distributing, a
promotional firm in Detroit, signed them to a
record contract. Cadet then re-released "Twins" in
1964 with a slightly different arrangement, on the
Derry label. Cadet promoted the record heavily in
the western states. Just when it looked as though
it was going to take off, the "British Invasion"
struck like lightning. The record stopped receiving
airplay and died.
Discouraged, but unwilling to give up, the
Kingtones cut their fourth record, "The Girl I
Love" in 1965, released on the Drummond label.
Cadet promoted the record and it soared to No. 4 on
the Top 40 charts. The Michigan Review reported it
as one of the biggest selling records in Grand
Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and in neighboring
Toledo, Ohio. Nationally however, radio stations
did not give it enough airplay to keep up the
momentum, and another record died. Cadet soon
relinquished any hope for The Kingtones, and their
next recording, "I Am the One Who Stands Alone,"
never went to vinyl.
In the spring of 1964 the band traveled to Fort
Lauderdale. They decided to try to book a gig in
Florida and went to discuss the possibility with
the management of Lenny's, one of the largest clubs
in the area. They struck out there, but refused to
give up and auditioned at Porky's, another large