The Coronets

Genres: R&B / Soul
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This vocal group from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, comprised Charles Carruthers (lead), Lester Russaw (first tenor), Sam Griggs (second tenor), George Lewis (second tenor), William Griggs (bass) and Tony King (guitarist). The Coronets, like the Moonglows, tried to grab the brass ring of success, but unlike their more famous Cleveland counterparts never went beyond one-hit-wonderdom. Their lone success, the languorous ballad, ‘Nadine’ (number 3 R&B), became a staple of Chess anthology albums and in 1970 was revived by the Dells for Chess Records with great success. The Coronets have their origin in Thomas Edison High School in Cleveland, and began their foray into the entertainment world in early 1953 with only four songs in their repertoire. One was an original, ‘Nadine’ (written by Carruthers). They took the demo to Alan Freed, who then introduced them to Chess. The failure of subsequent releases and the draft served to splinter the group. The...

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