The Fantastic Four

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Tags: northern soul soul 60s motown detroit oldies chill with me rnb all tunes -soul- -funk- Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Detroit in 1965 by ‘Sweet’ James Epps (30 March 1947, d. 11 September 2000), Wallace Childs and Ralph and Joseph Pruitt. This excellent quartet’s early releases were influenced by the hoarse, urgent style of the Four Tops. After three of the group’s singles, ‘The Whole World Is A Stage’, ‘You Gave Me Something’ (both 1967) and ‘I Love You Madly’ (1968), reached the US R&B Top 20 on the Ric Tic label, the Fantastic Four were acquired by Motown Records, but the label was less successful in promoting them. The group, whose later members included Cleveland Horne (d. 13 April 2000) and Ernest Newsome, later moved to the Eastbound/Westbound complex, where their releases, including ‘Alvin Stone (The Birth And Death Of A Gangster)’ (1975) and ‘I Got To Have Your Love’ (1977), enjoyed intermittent success.

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