The Wrens began in the Morrisania section of the Bronx in 1950. Neighborhood friends Waldo Champen, Francis Concepcion, Archangel Oropeza, and Raoul McLeod sang together under this name for around two years. They slowly drifted apart.
Concepcion was determined to make the group last, and in 1952, he recruited two new members; tenor George Magnezid and bass James Archer. They sang as a trio in the community center of P.S. 99 for a couple of months before deciding to expand to a quartet by adding tenor Bobby Mansfield.
In 1954, they heard about a contest that was being held by an arranger/pianist named Freddy Johnson at the old CBS building. The Wrens entered and won, and Johnson became their manager. Rama Records arranged a session for the Wrens that took place on November 21, 1954. They recorded four songs that day: Love's Something That's Made For Two (led by Mansfield), Beggin' For Love (fronted by Concepcion), Come Back My Love and Eleven Roses (both by Mansfield). "Come Back My Love" was released on Rama 65 in 1955. Further recordings including six single releases on Rama, which were unsuccessful and Mansfield left in 1956 to pursue a solo career.
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