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Leola Jiles, Ella Jamerson, and Dorothy Ramsey (pictured) comprised THE APOLLAS, a stupendous combination of churchy sass and sophisticated soul. In some ways, the ebullient trio were Loma’s early torchbearers, as they were TV regulars and an in-demand nightclub act. Jiles and Jamerson hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area and had gained valuable experience singing in the gospel-slanted Apollos. Ramsey replaced original Apolla Joann Forks, and the girls benefited from the personal supervision of Warners A&R staffer Dick Glasser, who normally utilized Gene Page for the arrangements. The Apollas’ debut was the Ashford- Simpson-Armstead belter, “You’re Absolutely Right,” cut at their first session in September 1965, while the Northern favourite “Pretty Red Balloons” constituted their third Loma single in April 1966.
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