Chairmen Of The Board
|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul northern soul detroit cool cob|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music page discogs lyrics wikidata wikipedia|
Briefly known as the Gentlemen, this Detroit-based quartet was instigated by General Norman Johnson (23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia, USA). A former member of the Showmen, he left that group in 1968 intent on a solo path, but instead joined Danny Woods (b. 10 April 1944, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), Harrison Kennedy (b. Canada) and Eddie Curtis (b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) in this budding venture. Signed to the newly formed Invictus Records, the group secured an international hit with their debut single, Give Me Just A Little More Time. His elated performance established the Generals emphatic delivery, which combined the emotional fire of the Four Tops Levi Stubbs with the idiomatic trilling of Billy Stewart. Its follow-up, the vibrant (Youve Got Me) Dangling On A String, was a more substantial hit in the UK than America, the first of several releases following this pattern. Such commercial contradictions did...