With Tony Williams added, Bass was ready to record them.However, before that happened, Chicago's Flamingos started hitting it big on the Los Angeles charts with "That's My Desire." Oh, well, there were plenty of other names to choose from.
Early on, the Flamingos made it to TV, when they (probably Cornell Gunter, Joe Jefferson, Alex Hodge, and Herb Reed) appeared on the Ebony Showcase TV show, singing "Old Mac Donald," with Cornell in the lead.
Ram confirmed that with Ralph Bass (an acquaintance of his) and then listened to the recordings.
As he later said: "I heard the group and they were just terrible." In truth, Bass said that the records were dismal sellers and that he had no plans to record the group again.
In January 1954, Federal released "I'll Cry When You're Gone" and "I Need You All The Time." Both sides were ranked "fair" on January 23. Sometime between September 1953 and January 1954, Gaynel Hodge (who had both sung and played the piano on all their songs up to this point) left to be with the Hollywood Flames full time (he'd been singing with them for a while, in spite of being with the Platters).
Probably in January 1954, Tony Williams went to see Buck Ram (his sister's manager) about managing him as a soloist.