Darrell Banks Biography

Darrell Eubanks, 1938, Mansfield, Ohio, USA, d. March 1970, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Banks sprang to fame in 1966 with his magnificent debut single, ‘Open The Door To Your Heart’, one of the finest non- Motown Records releases to emerge from Detroit. A second hit, ‘Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You’, followed that same year, but the singer’s progress was undermined by an inability to remain with one label for any length of time. By 1967, he had signed to Atco Records and in 1969 to Stax Records (Volt). Banks’ later work included superb performances in ‘I’m The One Who Loves You’ and ‘No One Blinder (Than A Man Who Won’t See)’, but he was tragically shot dead in March 1970 during a gun duel with a policeman who had been having an affair with his girlfriend.

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

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