This short-term group from Long Beach, Long Island recording career lasted three years, and five singles; they broke up a year after they started recording in 1958, but Warwick Records issued canned material til 1961. The original members: Roy Hammond, Bill Gains, Alexander Faison, and Fred Jones formed in 1956. They didn't record until Brooklynite Claude Johnson came aboard.
Johnson, the only member not from the Long Beach area, named them the Genies; he had sung with a Brooklyn group that included Eugene Pitt, who never sang with the Genies. Bob Shad, the owner of Shad Records saw them singing on a beach and invited them to audition for his label. The result was "Who's That Knockin'," recorded, June 195; but Shad didn't release it until March 1959, nearly a year later.