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The Elgins

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Within the ’50s and 60s there have been several R&B groups who documented beneath the name Elgins. There is an Elgins group who documented for MGM in 1958, another with two produces for Congress in 1964, along with a Detroit-based spirit group who documented for Tamla and V.We.P in the later ’60s and were best-known because of their saving of “Heaven WILL NEED TO HAVE Delivered You.” And lastly, there’s the Elgins from southern California group, unrelated towards the additional three. The California Elgins had been made up of Jimmy Smith, William Devase, Darryl “Cappie” Lewis, Kenny Sinclair, and Oscar McDonald, who became a member of makes in 1959. The many people brought some solid musical encounter with them. Lewis, Devase, and Sinclair got all went to Centennial SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Compton, CA. Lewis and Sinclair had been both original people from the Six-Teens, fronted by Lewis’ cousin Trudy Williams, who was simply 12 yrs . old when she became a member of the group. The Six-Teens obtained a big strike in 1956 with “AN INFORMAL Appear” and got waxed other follow-up platters for Turn Records. Devase became a member of Sinclair in 1958 within the Passions group, who documented “My Aching Center” for Period (reissued on Capitol). Becoming a member of William Devase and Kenny Sinclair within the Passions had been Sinclair’s sibling Earl, Sammy Hardy, and Harold Garcia. The next yr, 1959, Earl remaining the group, along with a name modification to the Colognes, documented “A River Moves,” the next record to become released for Lummy Fowlers’ fresh Lummtone label. Oscar McDonald and Jimmy Smith had opted to senior high school collectively in Beaumont, TX. Jimmy Smith remembers taking part in many skill contests in Tx, and completing as runner-up to Johnny Nash, of “I COULD See Clearly Right now” fame. Pursuing senior high school in 1957, Smith shifted to California to keep his education, and his musical pursuits. In 1959, supported by the feminine group the Lockettes, he documented “I Cry and Cry EVERY EVENING” supported with “NIGHTTIME Is the Best Period” for Turn Records. A comparable period, Smith also changed Kenny Sinclair within the Six-Teens and will be heard on the last Turn recordings in 1960. Struggling to match their preliminary “AN INFORMAL Look” achievement, the Six-Teens finally parted methods in 1960. Darryl Lewis had not been quite prepared to contact it quits on performing, and made a decision to come up with another group. He reunited with Kenny Sinclair and William Devase, added his sibling Carl Lewis, and brought Jimmy Smith directly into handle the business lead vocal tasks. The quintet was referred to as sun and rain and documented “Depressed Hearts Membership” b/w “Poor Man” for the Titan label in 1960. In addition they documented a melody entitled “My Disease,” but this is to look unreleased at that time. Shortly after documenting these edges, Carl Lewis still left the group to be able to spend additional time searching for achievement as an professional. To fill up his place, Jimmy Smith considered his former senior high school friend, Oscar McDonald who, like Smith, acquired also get to California following senior high school in Tx. With McDonald today put into the group, the Elgins had been born. Plus a modification in employees and group name, emerged a label modification to Turn, a go back to familiar shores. The Elgins documenting on Turn of “Uncle Sam’s Man” b/w “Casey Cop” premiered in Dec of 1960 and set up the group for the western coastline. With “Uncle Sam’s Man,” Lewis got went back again to the “appreciate and the armed forces” theme that got proved helpful well for the Six-Teens on “AN INFORMAL Appear.” The achievement of “Uncle Sam’s Man” certainly captured the eye of George Dark brown at Titan Information. Keeping in mind that he still got an unreleased documenting with the group (that they had documented as the Components) still within the vaults, Dark brown made a decision to capitalize on the recent achievement and released “My Disease” supported with “Extra Extra” in 1961 beneath the name the Elgins as opposed to the Components. Though it was an excellent tune, the name, “My Disease,” had not been the catchiest of phrases. Recognizing this, Dark brown reissued the record in 1962 using the “My Disease” title transformed to “Heartaches, Heartbreak,” a relatively much less somber name for the tune. The brand new name originated from section of a refrain within the track. 1962 saw another label switch for the group, this time around towards the Lummtone label. Their 1st launch, Lummtone 109 was “SUCCESSFUL Never Quits” supported with “Finally.” Barbara Lewis, (not really linked to Darryl) who got replaced Devase within the group at that time, can be noticed on “Finally” behind the business lead of Darryl Lewis. Following pressings of Lummtone 109 changed “Finally” with “Johnny I AM SORRY.” Issued once again as Lummtone 110, “Johnny I AM SORRY” got on new lease of life, this time supported with “YOU HAVE Your Magnet on Me Baby.” For the Elgins’ following outing on Lummtone, Devase was back the group to record “I Still left My Heart within the Big Town.” The flipside was “Finally,” that was resurrected from the prior discharge. The record was afterwards released for the Lantam label as “Big Town” with the Daniels. Lummy Fowler have scored once again with “I Still left My Heart within the Big Town” once the tune was covered many years afterwards by Jermaine Jackson. The Elgins’ last documenting for Lummtone is at 1963, “Your Lovely Methods” b/w “Getting a Sweetheart.” In 1965, the Elgins released what will be their last record collectively, a far more pop-sounding record, “Road Scene,” supported with “You Discovered Yourself Another Fool” for the Valiant label. The record didn’t appeal to too much interest at that time, but is currently highly appreciated in North Soul circles. Within the same 12 months, Lummy Fowler required some previously unreleased Elgins songs, “Female And Kid” and “The Granny Gown,” and released them as from the Arrivals on Lummtone 118. Just like the Valiant launch, this quickly performed itself out and then become a North Spirit collectable. Sinclair, Devase, and McDonald documented once again between 1968-1970 because the Bagdads, placing out three singles for the Increase Shot label, perhaps most obviously which was “RECREATE Those Doo-Wops.” The Elgins reunited within the mid-’90s with all the current original members, and also have been executing, to receptive viewers on both East and Western world coasts.

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Full Name The Elgins
Music Songs Heaven Must Have Sent You, Darling Baby, Put Yourself in My Place, Stay in My Lonely Arms, I Understand My Man, It's Gonna Be Hard Times, It's Been a Long, Long Time, It's Sensational, Take The Train, Don't Wait Around, When a Man Loves a Woman, You Got Emotion, All for Just Lovin' You, How Sweet It Is, Uncle Sam's Man, Heading Away From Heartaches, Your Lovely Ways, Love Where Are You Hiding, My 2 Arms - You = Tears, My Love for Your Love, Found Yourself Another Fool, That's the Night the Love Died, Oooh Honey Baby, Look What You've Done to My Heart, Look Up To The Sky, Stop Dead in My Tracks, Souvenirs Of Love, Another Hurt Like This, Life Can Be Beautiful When You're in Love, Casey Cop, Make You My Own, Bring Back Those Doo Wops
Albums Darling Baby, The "E" of Everything, Reunited, The Motown Anthology, Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Best of the Elgins, The Elgins' On My Own, The Very Best Of The Elgins


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Writer

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North 2017 announced
Mayans MC 2017 TV Series pre-production
Lowriders 2016 earlier script
Little Birds 2011 written by

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Director

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Little Birds 2011

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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Little Birds 2011 performer: "Tinted Soft Green", "Alison's Theme", "The Boy's Theme" / writer: "Tinted Soft Green", "Alison's Theme", "I Will Die Young", "The Boy's Theme"

Actor

Actor

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Isolated 2013/I Ambassador for Peace

Composer

Composer

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Little Birds 2011

Music Department

Music Department

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Little Birds 2011 musician: vocals, guitar, The Suicide Gang

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Mayans MC 2017 TV Series executive producer pre-production

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Alone Time 2013 Short special thanks

Self

Self

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Last Call with Carson Daly 2011 TV Series Himself
Sundance Directors Lab 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Gangland 2008 TV Series Himself
National Geographic: Inside Straight Edge 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Elgin Nathan James)
Boston Beatdown: See the World Through Our Eyes - Volume II 2004 Video documentary Himself (as Elgin Nathan James)
Release 1998/I Documentary Himself (as Elgin Nathan James)

Won awards

Won awards

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2011 Directors to Watch Palm Springs International Film Festival Little Birds (2011)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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2011 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Little Birds (2011)
2011 Golden Eye Zurich Film Festival Best International Feature Film Little Birds (2011)


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