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(Vocal group, 1952–60, 1972–present)

Formed in 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, this doo-wop outfit comprised Harvey Fuqua, Bobby Lester, Alexander ‘Pete’ Graves, Prentiss Barnes and guitarist Billy Johnson. Originally called The Crazy Sounds, they changed their name at Alan Freed’s suggestion. After several minor singles, they signed with Chess Records in 1954, when they released their first hit, ‘Sincerely’, which credited Freed as co-writer of the song. Six further US R&B Top 20 hits followed by 1958, the last of which, ‘Ten Commandments Of Love’, is regarded as their classic. Fuqua, whose uncle, Charlie Fuqua, was a member of The Ink Spots, left in 1958. He then joined Motown as producer and songwriter for The Detroit Spinners, among others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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