Don Bryant

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul memphis soul all southern soul real soul music spotify Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s

Biography

1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A significant songwriter for Joe Cuoghi’s (and then Willie Mitchell’s) Hi Records, especially for (and sometimes with) his wife, Ann Peebles, Bryant was also a superb soul stylist, although most of his own recordings for Hi were cut long before Al Green, in particular, gave the label the commercial soul base it needed for continued survival. One of 10 children, Bryant’s father (Donald Snr.) featured in the gospel quartet the Four Stars Of Harmony, and in 1955, Don Jnr. and four of his brothers formed their own gospel group, the Five Bryant Brothers, which soon became ‘secularized’ as the doo-wopping Quails. At Booker T. Washington High School, Bryant joined a group variously called the Canes and the Four Canes, named after their ‘manager’, local Radio WLOK DJ, D. Cane Cole. For their live gigs the Canes dressed in striped jackets and straw hats and carried walking canes. Don’s brother James was...

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