SONG OF THE DAY–THE MOONGLOWS–“TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE”

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The Moonglows are one of the most famous R&B and Doo-Wop groups of all-time.  They formed in Cleveland, Ohio.  Lead singers were Bobby Lester, who died in 1980 (age 50) and Harvey Fuqua, died in 2010 (age 80), with Alexander “Pete” Graves, died in 2006 (age 76), Prentiss Barnes, also died in 2006 (age 81) and Billy Johnson, who played guitar…he died in 1987 (age 58).

The Moonglows recorded classic hits such as…SINCERELY  a #1 R&B hit in 1955…MOST OF ALL…#5 in 1955…WE GO TOGETHER…#9 in1956 and…SEE SAW…a #6 hit also in 1956.  In 1957 The Moonglows recorded the #5 R&B hit record…PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE.

One of the groups biggest hits charted in October of 1958…TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE on Chess Records, where all of the above mentioned hits were recorded.  The single record was credited as “Harvey and The Moonglows” (Harvey Fuqua on lead) as was…SEE SAW and PLEASE…

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THE FALCONS–“YOU’RE SO FINE”

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Hello,  The Falcons are an R&B vocal group from Detroit, Michigan.  They were founded in 1955 by Eddie Floyd, members included Bonny “Sir Mack” Rice, Joe Stubbs (brother of the Four Tops’, Levi Stubbs), Willie Schofield and Lance Finnie.  Wilson Pickett was a member on the group from 1961-1963.  Their backing band was the Ohio Untouchables who would later become the Ohio Players.

Eddie Floyd would go on the have an outstanding solo career with hits such as his #1 R&B record,  KNOCK ON WOOD  in 1966.  He would place 18 hits on the Billboard R&B chart.  Wilson Pickett would record such classics as  IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR,  LAND OF 1000 DANCES,  MUSTANG SALLY  and  FUNKY BROADWAY  to mention a few.  He would chart 49 Billboard R&B hit records.

The Falcons first and biggest hit was their recording of  YOU’RE SO FINE  that was originally released on the Flick Records…

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#1 HITS-PERCY SLEDGE-“WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN”

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Hello:  In April of 1966 soul singer/songwriter Percy Sledge released his classic recording of WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN on Atlantic Records.  He made his way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on May 28, 1966 When A Man Loves A Woman was #1 in America, staying at #1 for 2 weeks and selling a million copies along the way.  Percy also  was #1 on the R&B chart for 4 weeks.

Michael Bolton recorded a cover version of Percy’s hit record in 1991 on Columbia Records and his version also went to #1 for 1 week on the Hot 100 and for 4 weeks on the Adult  Contemporary chart.  Percy’s version of  When A Man Loves A Woman is the ultimate version and still receives much air-play and is a dance floor favorite.

Percy Sledge would chart 14 records on the Billboard Hot 100 but none better than his classic #1 record, When A Man…

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