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T.V. Slim

Oscar “Television Slim” Wills’s hilarious story of the sad sack named “Smooth Feet Sam” briefly produced him a bankable name in 1957. Sam’s ongoing saga lasted much longer than Slim’s minute or two in the limelight, but that didn’t quit him from documenting through the entire 1960s. Affected by DeFord …

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Tony & the Twilights

Tony & the Twilights, also called Tony Richards & The Twilights, were an offshoot of 3 different groups in the Bushwick portion of Brooklyn, NY. Tony Richards, aka Tony Passalacqua, acquired sung using the Fascinators, a quartet produced in Bushwick in 1957. One of the Fascinators’ competitors and contemporaries had …

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Seldon Powell

A veteran tenor saxophonist and flutist, Seldon Powell adjusted and honed his design over time, being flexible plenty of to try out anything from golf swing to very difficult bop and among. He wasn’t the best soloist, most ambitious composer, or most magnificent arranger; he was just a great, consistent …

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Panama Francis

With an extended and winding career that stretched within a total of seven decades, drummer David “Panama” Francis continues to be highlighted both in top Harlem nightclubs and legendary rock and roll songs over time. Blessed in Miami, Francis started playing his device using the drum and bugle corps around …

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T-Bone Walker

Modern electric powered blues guitar could be traced directly back again to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for open public consumption circa 1940 and therefore initiated a revolution so total that its tremors remain being felt today. Few main postwar blues guitarists one thinks of …

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T.J. Fowler

Born Sept 18, 1910, in Columbus, GA, close to the Alabama state line, T.J. Fowler experienced three brothers who, like him, had been anointed at delivery with initialized 1st titles: E.J., F.C., and K.C. At age six, small T.J. relocated with his family members to the commercial boomtown of River …

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Herman Griffin

An acrobatic performer/saving designer who deserves a footnote for just two occurrences. In 1958, he documented the first melody ever released under Berry Gordy’s Jobete Posting company, “I WANT You,” on HOB Information. Gordy captured Herman’s take action at a golf club, loved his acrobatics, and vowed to record him. …

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The Larks

Not to end up being confused with Don Julian’s Larks, his post-Meadowlarks trio (whose large R&B strike in 1965 was “The Jerk”), or the Philadelphia-based spirit group called the Larks, this band of Larks goes back to the first times of vocal music, with root base in gospel music, and …

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Stacy & Komiko

Stacy & Komiko were the performing duo of Stacy Irvin and Komiko Whittaker. Before teaming up, the duo was area of the trio Sugars Babes with Patrice Lydia. The group documented for MCA Information and mid-charted R&B with “We Rock and roll the Defeat” in the springtime of 1987. Irvin …

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Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy

The songwriting/production duo of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy produced gold and platinum, career-launching hits for Natalie Cole (“This Can Be,” “Inseparable,” “Sophisticated Female [She’s a Different Female],” “Our Like,” and “I’ve Got Like on My Brain,” among numerous others). In addition they produced strikes for Ronnie Dyson, including “THE …

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