may be available for your next special event!
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
-- inducted 2003
In an age where many records are cooked up in marketing meetings, it's a
rare pleasure to come across a collection that has its roots in something real and honest
and downright soulful. Such a collection is the Interscope Records debut from one of the
music industry's most beloved and enduring vocal groups, The Whispers:
"Song Book Vol.1 /The Songs of
In a perfect marriage of singers and songs, "Song Book Vol.1 /The Songs of
Babyface" takes The
Whispers (who have been making music and hits for nearly three decades),
creatively back full circle to their early days at the seminal Solar Records. It was there
that they first joined forces with a fledgling singer/songwriter named Kenneth
"Babyface" Edmonds and his then partner L.A. Reid.
The song that Face and Reid gave The Whispers,
"Rock Steady," would become a top ten pop and number one R&B hit and would
jump-start both Face and Reid's careers. "We all got our starts back there at
Solar," explains Walter Scott, one of The Whispers founding members
and its lead tenor, "But our paths kind of went different ways. So we lost the
opportunity to continue recording with
Babyface. Since then we'd always wanted to do a
selection of his songs and finally, the right time came for that record."
The Whispers saga began in the Watts section of Los
Angeles. It is there that twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell,
Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon first sang together, blended their harmonies and made
places to insure that music was their life.
In 1971, Leavill Degree replaced Gordy Harmon and The Whispers
signed on with a brand new label co-owned by Don Cornelius, the host of the popular TV
show "Soul Train." While on the Soul Train label, The Whispers had hits with
"One For The Money," and a soulful cover of Bread's "Make It With
You." Soul Train metamorphosed into Solar Records and The Whispers
continued churning out hits.
In 1980, the group had a breakthrough with their first gold single
"And The Beat Goes On" which went #1 R&B and top 20 pop. The string of hits
kept growing throughout the 80's and along with it came three gold albums, "Christmas Moments," "Love Is Where You Find It" and "Love For Love" and two platinum albums, "The Whispers"
Now, at a new home and with renewed public interest in the sort of
solidly soulful, decidedly mature rhythm and blues that has always been their hallmark, The
Whispers continue with the personal and passionate work that
their fans enjoy.
Hit songs include --
- And The Beat Goes On
- One For The Money
- Rock Steady
- It's A Love Thing
- Keep On Lovin' Me
- My Heart Your Heart
- I've Got A Feeling
- Put Me In The News
- Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong
- Is It Good To You
- In The Raw
- (Let's Go) All The Way
- Make It With You
- Just Gets Better With Time
- (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out
- Where There Is Love
The Whispers may be available for your next special event!
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