by John Clemente
year-old music enthusiasts, Dorothy Sunni Dyer and Linda Lin Schroeder
formed the Teardrops in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. They were encouraged
to form a singing group after someone heard them singing from the
audience at a concert in a teen nightclub. They soon recruited Pat
Punkin Strunk, a friend from Hughes High School, to be the third voice
in the group. Dorothy gave The Teardrops their name and soon the trio
was performing at local teen venues in Cincinnati during 1962-63. The
girls were spotted by musician/arranger George Bud Reneau, who soon
introduced them to his partner, songwriter Paul Trefzger. Paul was
enthused that the girls sang well and were quick studies.
trio signed with Bud and Pauls Saxony Records in 1964, and soon after
recruited their fourth member, Wanda Wendy Sheriff. This quartet
recorded Tonight Im Gonna Fall In Love/Thats Why Ill Get By for Saxony
in the fall of 1964. This double-sided gem received local airplay in
Cincinnati and in many other cities in America and abroad, hitting
Number 1 in, of all places, Okinawa! The Teardrops capitalized on this
local success, opening for national acts like The Beach Boys and Sonny
and Cher when these acts appeared in Cincinnati. A polished stage act
with an extensive repertoire garnered The Teardrops much club work in
greater Cincinnati. A second Saxony single followed in early 1965, the
beautiful Call Me and Ill Be Happy, led by Linda, flipped with the
frantic Im Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend, led by Dorothy. Later in 1965,
Tinker Smiddy replaced Dorothy. The groups third single, the intense
Tears Come Tumbling, flipped with the girl group dance floor favorite,
You Wont Be There, won enough local airplay to be picked up for national
distribution by Musicor Records. Musicor also released their final
single, the patriotic I Will Love You Dear Forever flipped with the
snappy Bubblegummer in 1966.
Wendy and Pat left in 1966. Tinker
left in 1967. Dorothy returned, joining Linda, Bobbie Frost and Susie
Leight for the groups final incarnation. Marriage and career changes
finally broke up the group in 1969.
During the 1980s, Teardrops
recordings surfaced on vinyl in England, including the previously
unreleased Northern Soul stomper Here Comes Loneliness. The Teardrops
still reside in the Cincinnati area and get together on occasion to sing.
This prompted Paul Trefzger to release two Saxony singles, I Will Love
You Dear Forever and Walking Down Main Street, plus a CD of The
1964 (L-R) Wendy Sheriff,
Pat Strunk, Dorothy Dyer, Linda Schroeder.
Teardrops, 1965 - Wendy, Pat, Linda,
The Teardrops, 1967 -
(L-R) Bobbie Frost, Susie Leight, Dorothy, Linda.
The Teardrops, 1990 -
(L-R) Tinker, Dorothy, Linda, Wendy
Photographs used with
permission of the owners. Each of the copyrights in and to the
on this page is owned by Linda Milazzo and Dorothy Wethington. All