The Dippers formed sometime in the early 1950s, although the precise year is not currently known. Sometime in 1955 the Dippers made their first recording "It Must be Christmas" and "Look What I Found." Their first recording was the outcome of the group winning a radio station talent contest. The record was sponsored by and released on the Flayr record label owned by Theodore Gaffney, the renowned news photographer. By 1956 the group established themselves citywide through placing multiple times as finalists in WUST radio talent show at the Howard Theater hosted by DJ Jackson Lowe.
Members of the group included Johnny Stewart, Billy Stewart's brother, lead singer George Torrence, two unnamed members who were possibly Spingarn High School students, and guitarist Irving C. Williams (aka Irv Clark). George Torrence made additional recordings with a group known as The Carribeans in 1959, reformed Dippers group in 1960. And recording as George Torrence and The Naturals, Torrence's song "Lickin' Stick," released on Shout records, reached Number 40 on Billboard's R&B chart in 1968. The song is not to be confused with James Brown's hit song "Licking Stick" released the same year. George Torrence is reported to have passed away sometime in 1970s.
Courtesy of Jay Bruder. 1st and 3rd from left are members from Spingarn High School, George Torrence is 2nd from left, John Stewart on right, and guitarist is Irving C. Williams
“For being alone for so long, finding you now just couldn't be wrong”
- Look What I Found