Led by Howard "Howie" Guyton, the Pearls bloomed on Detroit's music scene around the same time as the Royals (later the Midnighters). While not as renowned as the Royals, the Pearls were arguably as good. Visually, they were ladies' men and players: conked/processed hair, bow ties, and immaculate matching threads made them quite an eyeful to the chicks. With a lineup comprised of Guyton, Derek Martin, Coley Washington, George Torrance, and Dave Clowney (tenor/piano) they cut "Please Let Me Know" on Aladdin in 1954 as the Five Pearls two years after the Royals debuted with "Every Beat of My Heart" on Federal Records. That first single remains the Pearls' most illustrious piece and its modest success whetted their appetite for more, which they sought with Onyx Records via "Shadows of Love" (written by Clowney, Guyton, and Don Angelo); the beautiful piece came close to the misty romanticism of the Aladdin single; when sales started to pick up, it was licensed to Atco Records, as was the follow-up "Bells of Love." Five more Onyx waxings from 1956 to 1957 received critical acclaim and love from all who heard the modest R&B hits, but none became the big-blasting bust-out they sorely needed. They included "Let's You and I Go Steady," "Ice Cream Baby," and a doo wop version of "Your Cheating Heart." At least three more singles came out by them: "Band of Angels"/"Ugly Face" (On the Square Records); "It Must Be Love"/"I Cried" (Amber Records); and "More Than the Day Before," on OKeh Records (1959) as Howie & the Sapphires.