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About The Olympics

There is more than one artist with this name.

1. A doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward.
2. Ryan Polich, an acoustic singer-songwriter, adopted the name in 2008.

1. The Olympics were initially a doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward. The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and except for Lewis were friends in a Los Angeles, California high school. Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers ("I Can Tell" on Melatone).

After the name change, they recorded "Western Movies" (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, "Western Movies" made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation's preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.

In 1960 the group recorded "(Baby) Hully Gully," which initiated the hully gully dance craze. "Big Boy Pete," which the group also released in 1960, served as inspiration for The Kingsmen's "Jolly Green Giant."

The Rascals later covered their song "Good Lovin'" and took all the way to #1.

Over the next 10 years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.

Fizer was shot and killed during the Watts Riots in 1965. Shortly thereafter, King left the group after his sister died in an accidental shooting. A revamped group continued to record into the early 1970s, but were unable to attain popular chart success after the mid 1960s. The Olympics continued to perform on the "oldies group" circuit in the United States and other countries.

Singles
* "Western Movies" (1958) #8
* "(I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher" (1958) #71
* "Private Eye" (1959) #95
* "(Baby) Hully Gully" (1960) #72
* "Big Boy Pete" (1960) #50
* "Shimmy Like Kate" (1960) #42
* "Dooley" (1961) #94
* "Little Pedro" (1961) #76
* "The Bounce" (1963) #40
* "Good Lovin'" (1965) #81

2. Ryan Polich started playing in the late 1990s in his home state of Colorado. After a move to Seattle in the summer of 2007, he adopted the name The Olympics and began performing under the new moniker. As of September 2008, The Olympics remains unsigned.
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Genres:
60s, Decades, R&b, Rnb-soul, R&b/soul, Soul
Band Members:
Jonatan Lykke-Olesen, Robert Fabrin, Jonas Delfs, Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt, Niklas Frost Iversen

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About The Olympics

There is more than one artist with this name.

1. A doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward.
2. Ryan Polich, an acoustic singer-songwriter, adopted the name in 2008.

1. The Olympics were initially a doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward. The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and except for Lewis were friends in a Los Angeles, California high school. Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers ("I Can Tell" on Melatone).

After the name change, they recorded "Western Movies" (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, "Western Movies" made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation's preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.

In 1960 the group recorded "(Baby) Hully Gully," which initiated the hully gully dance craze. "Big Boy Pete," which the group also released in 1960, served as inspiration for The Kingsmen's "Jolly Green Giant."

The Rascals later covered their song "Good Lovin'" and took all the way to #1.

Over the next 10 years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.

Fizer was shot and killed during the Watts Riots in 1965. Shortly thereafter, King left the group after his sister died in an accidental shooting. A revamped group continued to record into the early 1970s, but were unable to attain popular chart success after the mid 1960s. The Olympics continued to perform on the "oldies group" circuit in the United States and other countries.

Singles
* "Western Movies" (1958) #8
* "(I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher" (1958) #71
* "Private Eye" (1959) #95
* "(Baby) Hully Gully" (1960) #72
* "Big Boy Pete" (1960) #50
* "Shimmy Like Kate" (1960) #42
* "Dooley" (1961) #94
* "Little Pedro" (1961) #76
* "The Bounce" (1963) #40
* "Good Lovin'" (1965) #81

2. Ryan Polich started playing in the late 1990s in his home state of Colorado. After a move to Seattle in the summer of 2007, he adopted the name The Olympics and began performing under the new moniker. As of September 2008, The Olympics remains unsigned.
Show More
Genres:
60s, Decades, R&b, Rnb-soul, R&b/soul, Soul
Band Members:
Jonatan Lykke-Olesen, Robert Fabrin, Jonas Delfs, Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt, Niklas Frost Iversen

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