Campbell council honors 'Rama Lama' writer


Staff Report

CAMPBELL

The late George Wydell Jones Jr., the lead singer of the 1950s doo-wop group the Edsels, was honored this week by the city council.

Jones, perhaps best known for the song “Rama Lama Ding Dong,” which he wrote, was a Campbell resident and attended Campbell Memorial High School. When he was a youth, he sang on the street corners in Campbell with friends.

A resident of Youngstown in his later years, He died in September 2008 at 71 after a battle with cancer.

Friends and family members were at Wednesday’s council meeting to hear council read and pass a resolution honoring Jones. They included his daughters Dedera Jones-Griffin of Youngstown, Gina Jones of Springfield, Mass., and his son Steffon Wydell Jones of Youngstown.

Steffon said his father was “a true singer.”

“He could sing all types of music,” he said. “A true singer can sing everything.”

Steffon said the family is grateful that city council chose to honor their father.

Jones’ song “Rama Lama Ding Dong” became a huge hit in 1961.

He also recorded two songs with Ray Charles, “I’m Gonna Cut You Loose” and “Do the Walk.”

The Edsels also included Jimmy Reynolds, Harry Green, Marshall Sewell and the late Larry Green.

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