|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul motown northern soul 60s doo wop pop the elgins|
US-born Johnny Dawson, Cleo Miller and Robert Fleming, later replaced by Norbert McClean, sang together in three Detroit vocal groups in the late 50s, the Sensations, the Five Emeralds and the Downbeats. Under the last of these names, they recorded two singles for Motown Records in 1959 and 1962. Also in 1962, Saundra Mallett (later Saundra Mallett Edwards) issued Camel Walk for Tamla, backed by the Vandellas. Motown suggested that she join forces with the Downbeats, and the new unit was named the Elgins after the title originally used by the Temptations when they first signed with Motown. In the fiercely competitive climate of Motown in the mid-60s, the Elgins were forced to wait three years before they could issue a single, but Darling Baby - written and produced by Holland/Dozier/Holland - reached the US R&B Top 10 early in 1966. Heaven Must Have Sent You, which also exhibited the traditional Motown sound of the period,...