The “5” Royales hailed from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They were an R&B band combining jump blues, gospel and doo-wop. Most of their R&B recordings were recorded from 1952 to 1953. Original members were: Lowman Pauling, Clarence Pauling, Windsor King and brothers Eugene and John Tanner. Their guitarist Lowman “Pete” Pauling wrote most of the band’s songs including their original version of DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE in 1961. The record was originally released in 1957 on the King Records label, but did not hit the pop singles chart until 1961.
They originally called themselves The Royal Sons Quintet and recorded for Apollo Records in the early 1950’s. They abandoned that name when they began performing secular songs rather than gospel. Their early hits on the Apollo Records label include: BABY DON’T GO-1953 #1 R&B, HELP ME SOMEBODY-1953 #1 R&B, I DO-1954 #6 R&B in all they would chart 5 hits on Apollo, all Top 10’s. In 1957 they would chart the R&B and Pop crossover hit, THINK on King Records, it would chart at #9 R&B and #66 on the Billboard Top 100.
Their 1961 hit DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE made its Billboard Top 100 debut on January 23, 1961. The single only managed to climb as high as #81, but became a trademark song of this legendary R&B group. The Mamas & The Papas recorded their version of this classic song and charted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. The Shirelles recorded their version in 1959, but it only charted at #83. They re-issued it in 1961 and it became one of their biggest hits, charting at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1965, The “5” Royales disbanded, leaving a fantastic legacy of wonderful music for all of us to enjoy. Lowman Pauling died in December of 1973 at the age of 47, Eugene Tanner died in December of 1994 at the age of 58 and Clarence Pauling died in May of 1995 at the age of 67. Their music lives in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”
CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND ENJOY…THE “5” ROYALES, SINGING THEIR CLASSIC RECORDING OF “DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE”
Till the next time-Joe