The Friends of Distinction Biography

The band was formed in 1968 by Floyd Butler (5 June 1941, San Diego, California, USA, d. 29 April 1990), Harry Elston (b. 4 November 1938, Dallas, Texas, USA), Jessica Cleaves (b. 10 December 1948, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Barbara Jean Love (b. 24 July 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA). This smooth vocal quartet began working together in the Ray Charles’ revue. Stylistically similar to the Fifth Dimension, the Friends scored a million-selling hit with a vocal version of Hugh Masekela’s ‘Grazing In The Grass’ (1969). Two further releases, ‘Going In Circles’ and ‘Love Or Let Me Be Lonely’, were also substantial hits, before their sweet-harmony, MOR soul established them as an attraction on the cabaret circuit.

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

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