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Cliff Nobles

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Though given birth to in Grove Hill, AL, in 1944, Cliff Nobles’ family moved to Mobile phone when he was an awful two-year-old. He by no means demonstrated any inclination toward music until senior high school, when he became a member of the institution choir and began singing business lead for a favorite local group known as the Delroys. After college, he relocated to Philadelphia, PA, to get fame and lot of money. Nobles found your competition a whole lot stiffer compared to the Mobile phone scene and experienced to aid himself by living commune-style with some musical close friends in Norristown, a little town 18 kilometers from Philadelphia. Prior to the move, Nobles slice three singles for Atlantic Information that went undetected. In Norristown, he created Cliff Nobles & Co., which contains Benny Williams (bass), Bobby Tucker (business lead acoustic guitar), and Tommy Spirit (drums). The clothing produced tapes for Jimmy Rogers (never to become confused with the united states vocalist of the same name), who produced them open to maker/article writer/vocalist Jesse Wayne (never to become puzzled with the popular outlaw of the same name), who resided locally. James had currently noticed something in Nobles’ tone of voice when he noticed him sing in an area church. Adoring their energy, Adam started writing music for Nobles as well as the music group, and guaranteed a agreement for the group with Phil La of Spirit Records. The very first discharge bombed. The next featured “Like Is FINE,” supported with “The Equine.” “The Equine” became a big success and set up Nobles being a legit one-hit question. Ironically, “The Equine” was merely “Love Is FINE” without Nobles’ vocal — Nobles isn’t also highlighted on “The Equine.” He neither sings nor has an instrument over the monitor; the brass playing over the melody would become well-known years afterwards as MFSB. The complete incident was a major accident, the side using the vocal was said to be the side which was connected, but DJs held playing the nonvocal edition. The record could have gone to number 1, but another instrumental, “Grazin’ within the Lawn” by Hugh Masekela, was a lot more well-known and occupied the very best spot for 14 days. The week of July 29, 1968, needed to be the very first time in contemporary pop music background that two instrumentals had been ranked at quantities one and two, respectively, over the graphs. Shamelessly, Phil La of Spirit released two even more instrumentals — “Equine Fever” and “Change It On,” — and acknowledged them to be by Cliff Nobles, though Nobles didn’t play a musical instrument. A afterwards one on Roulette in fact featured Nobles’ performing and nearly damaged the R&B Best 40, stalling at amount 42. Phil La released an record entitled The Equine that contains mainly instrumentals and dance music like “The Mule,” “The Camel Walk,” and “Judge Baby I’m Back again,” a melody sounding such as a strike that Nobles sings using a feel much like a Berry Gordy, Jr. creation for the Curves. Moonshot Information released an LP twelve months later on, in 1969, where Nobles sang three tracks, the rest becoming instrumental. The Atlantic materials remains within the vaults. Supposedly, Nobles was a fantastic entertainer along with a gifted dancer, but, essentially, he was the Milli Vanilli from the ’60s.

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Full Name Cliff Nobles
Died October 12, 2008, Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Music Songs The Horse, Love Is All Right, My Love Is Getting Stronger, Switch It On, Horse Fever, Judge Baby, I'm Back, Pony the Horse, Gettin' Away, Darling Goodbye, Burning Desire, Little Claudie, The Camel, That's Why I Love You, This Love Will Last, Wonder Baby, The More I Do for You Baby, Rock and Roll Angel, Angel Love, Rock Awhile, If You Don't, Little Girl, I Need Love
Albums Pony the Horse, The Phil-La of Soul Music Collection 1968-1972


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1 A bassist who was leader of the rock & roll band, The Virtues, who had a #5 pop hit with "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" on the Philadelphia-based Hunt label in 1959. He opened Virtue Recording Studios in Philadelphia in 1962. Among the hits recorded there were "Yes, I'm Ready" by Barbara Mason, "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C, "The Horse" by Cliff Nobles & Co. and "Hey There, Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman. He was also the recording engineer on those hits.


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Rock Rock Rock! 1956 composer: songs "Manhunt" and "Midnight Hassle"

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New American Bandstand 1965 1957 TV Series Himself

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