Cleveland “Cleve” Duncan, the lead singer for the Penguins died Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Los Angeles. He was 77.
The group was started in 1953 by former classmates Duncan and Curtis Williams after the addition of Dexter Tisby and Bruce Tate.
Williams, a former member of the Hollywood Flames, offered the group a song called “Earth Angel,” which the Penguins recorded with Duncan on lead vocals.
The song was on the B-side of the Dootone recording while “Hey Senorita’ was featured on the A-side.