Eugene Church

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": rock and roll rhythm and blues 50s pop oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

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.

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