A doo-wop band from the early 1960s whose roots are in Coatesville – Little Tommy and the Elgins – has been featured in a music magazine named Echoes of the Past as part of its cover story, writes Lucas Rodgers for the Daily Local News.
The band was formed by Tommy Bryant, Arnold Runner, Curtis Allen, Nathan Alston, and James Toland when they were studying at Scott High School. The band’s two best-known songs are “I Walk On” (listen below) and “Never Love Again.”
Toland, Alston, and Allen traveled to Philadelphia for the interview with Bob Bosco, who wrote the story that was published in Echoes of the Past. Bryant and Runner have since passed away.
Toland, now 80, said that the band was formed after he and his fellow band members got together to practice on the streets of Coatesville for fun.
Little Tommy and the Elgins performed at colleges across the state, including Muhlenberg and Shippensburg. One of the band’s biggest concerts took place in the summer of 1962 at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, with many of their Coatesville fans making the trip to see them play.
Read more about the band in the Daily Local News here or listen to one of its greatest hits below.