Chris Bartley Biography

17 April 1947, Harlem, New York, USA. Inspired by local groups such as the Teenagers, high-voiced tenor Bartley formed the Soulful Inspirations in 1959 with William Graham, Henry Powell, Ronald Marshall and Sam Nesbitt. With various personnel and name changes, the group stayed together until the mid-60s. Bartley and Marshall then formed a soul duo that came to the attention of top producer/writer Van McCoy, who subsequently signed Bartley to his new Vando label. His first release, ‘The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven’, shot into the US Top 40 and the R&B Top 10 in 1967. Unfortunately, neither the follow-up, ‘Baby It’s Wonderful’, nor any of his other records on Vando, and later Buddah Records, managed to dent the US charts. His time in the spotlight was short, but he did have the chance to perform outside New York and even made a trip to the UK on the strength of that one hit single.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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