The fifties: a time of musical change.
The place: Chicago, home of the blues, gospel, jazz. Pulsating with rhythm and nightlife. No other city except perhaps New Orleans has that rhythm. The sounds from the independent labels - Chess, Checker, Chance, Parrot, United, Vee-Jay - are setting the pace.
The groups - the Dells, the Spaniels, the El Dorados, the Moonglows - are creating the Chicago sound. Enter into this mix a group called the Swallows, who must change their name because of an existing group. They call themselves El Flamingos and then the Flamingos.