|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul 60s pop northern soul female vocalists oldies girl groups girl group|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
Formed in 1961 in the Jamaica district of Queens, New York City, this aptly named group originally included Brenda Reid, Carol Johnson (1945, USA, d. 7 May 2007), Lillian Walker and Sylvia Wilbur. The sister act to local doo wop quintet the Masters, the group was originally known as the Masterettes. Wilbur was replaced by Penny Carter and then the Masters Herb Rooney (b. New York City, New York, USA), the groups sole male member. Changing their name to the Exciters, the quartet first came to prominence with the vibrant Tell Him, a US Top 5 hit in 1962 (also a hit in the UK for Billie Davis in 1963). Produced by Leiber And Stoller and written by Bert Berns (under his pseudonym Bert Russell), the singles energy established the pattern for subsequent releases. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (later a hit by Manfred Mann) and Hes Got The Power took elements from both uptown soul and the all-female group genre, but later...