Originally known as the Versatiles and later as the Vocals, Marilyn McCoo (30 September 1943, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA), Florence LaRue (b. 4 February 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Billy Davis Jnr. (b. 26 June 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA), Lamont McLemore (b. 17 September 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Ron Townson (b. 20 January 1933, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 3 August 2001, Las Vegas, USA) were a soul-influenced harmony group, based in Los Angeles, and signed to Johnny Rivers fledgling Soul City label. They sprang to fame in 1967 as an outlet for the then unknown talents of songwriter Jimmy Webb. Ebullient singles on the pop charts, including Go Where You Wanna, Up, Up And Away and Carpet Man, established their fresh voices, which wrapped themselves around producer Bones Howes dizzy arrangements.
Having completed two albums containing a number of Webb originals, the...
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