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The Montclairs

An East St. Louis spirit vocal group, the Montclairs documented some good heartache ballads in the first ’70s that deserved better fates than they got. Kevin Sanlin, Phil Perry, George McLellan, David Frye, and Clifford Williams debuted for Arch in 1969. They relocated to Paula within the ’70s. None of the singles ever damaged the R&B Best 30 (“Beggin’ Is usually Difficult to do” and “Thinking out of Time of year” arrived close), but such tunes as “Prelude to some Heartbreak” and “Replace Lost Period” remain fondly kept in mind. Sanlin and Perry later on recorded like a duo.

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