The Friends Of Distinction
|Genres:||Comedy Movies Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television|
|Tags:||soul 70s motown and soul oldies pop 60s|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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The band was formed in 1968 by Floyd Butler (5 June 1941, San Diego, California, USA, d. 29 April 1990), Harry Elston (b. 4 November 1938, Dallas, Texas, USA), Jessica Cleaves (b. 10 December 1948, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Barbara Jean Love (b. 24 July 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA). This smooth vocal quartet began working together in the Ray Charles revue. Stylistically similar to the Fifth Dimension, the Friends scored a million-selling hit with a vocal version of Hugh Masekelas Grazing In The Grass (1969). Two further releases, Going In Circles and Love Or Let Me Be Lonely, were also substantial hits, before their sweet-harmony, MOR soul established them as an attraction on the cabaret circuit.