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Ronald Cornelius Cuffey

  • Birth 14 Mar 1936
  • Death 2 Nov 1960
  • Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Plot U, 717
  • Memorial ID 14738438

R&B/Doo-Wop Musician. A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Cuffey was a member of the 1950s Rhythm and Blues musical group, The Five Sharps, along with tenor Robert 'Bobby' Ward, pianist Thomas 'Tommy Duckett, Mickey Owens, and Clarence Bassett (later a member of Shep & The Limelites, The Drifters and The Flamingos). The group which formed in the early 1950s, is best remembered for there 1952 single, "Stormy Weather." The song which was recorded on the Jubilee Record Label is considered one of the most collectible doo-wop singles ever released. The song was previously recorded by singer Lena Horne, who had a hit with the recording ten years earlier. The group's version of the song contained cheap thunder effects and the session only took one day, with the group only being paid with hot dogs and soda pop. The song was previously recorded by singer Lena Horne, who had a hit with the recording ten years earlier. The group followed this up with there next single, "Sleepy Little Cowboy", also in 1952. In 1953, a couple of the band members left to join the military, and shortly afterwards the group disbanded, and went there separate ways. In 1958, Clarence Bassett and Ronald Cuffey joined forces and created another musical group, The Videos. They signed with the Casino Record Label and recorded the song, "Trickle Trickle", which was a minor success for them, but they too disbanded shortly thereafter. Sadly though Ronald Cuffey was diagnosed with leaukemia and he passed away at the age of 24, on November 2, 1960. A veteran of the Korean War, he had served with the United States Air Force, and upon his death he was buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, in Farmingdale, New York. In 1964, the Jubilee Record Label hired anothe group called The Five Sharps to record "Stormy Weather", but the song was not as a big success as it's predecessor was. The original could sell for auction at an estimated $4,000 to $25,000. In 1961, Clarence Bassett continued his career with the group, Shep & The Limelites until they to disbanded in 1966. He had also had success with other groups including The Flamingos, The Drifters, and the 1970s band, Creative Funk. In 1975, all four surviving members of The Five Sharps reunited and performed at the Academy of Music in New York. Duckett passed away in 1996, and Bassett passed away in 2005, while Mickey Owens and Bobby Ward are also believed deceased.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14738438
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald Cornelius Cuffey (14 Mar 1936–2 Nov 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14738438, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .