The Ideals

Genres: R&B / Soul
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An R&B vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formed in 1952, the outfit scuffled for many years with several personnel changes before recording in 1961 on the local Paso label. The Ideals at this time consisted of Reggie Jackson, Leonard Mitchell, Robert Tharp and Sam Steward (bass). In 1963 the group added a fifth member, lead Eddie Williams, and with his rough-hewn, soulful delivery they recorded their most successful record, ‘The Gorilla’; its ‘monkey dance’ theme was designed to reap sales from the success of the dance fad. It never reached any national charts but nonetheless received national exposure, partly in the pop market, and earned the group its first national tour. In 1965 the Ideals reorganized as a trio with Jackson, Mitchell and Steward, and they finally reached the R&B charts with ‘Kissin’’ in 1966, although the record did not, in fact, sell as well as ‘The Gorilla’. A notable song in 1966 was...

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