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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 Babyface."
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."
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" and "Imagination."
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.
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