|Genres:||Dance Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock and roll rhythm and blues 50s pop oldies|
23 January 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 16 April 1993. Church first recorded with Jesse Belvin in a duo called the Cliques; their 1956 song Girl Of My Dreams was classic Los Angeles-styled R&B, featuring a dreamy, smooth sound. His debut solo record, Open Up Your Heart, was in essence a group record, since on it he was backed by the Turks. This was followed by Rock & Roll Show, on which Church sang as a member of the Saxons. Church had his biggest hit in 1958 with Pretty Girls Everywhere (number 6 R&B, number 36 pop), which featured backing from Jesse Belvin and members of the Turks. Subsequent chart successes were Miami (number 24 R&B, number 67 pop) in 1959 and Mind Your Own Business (number 19 R&B) in 1961. With the exception of a one-off record in 1986, his recording career was essentially over by 1963. Church died from AIDS in 1993.