|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rhythm and blues doo-wop rhythm & blues under 2000 listeners soul blues acoustic rnb oldies male vocalists the doo wop need to rate lamplighters|
This vocal R&B outfit was formed in 1952 at Jordan High School in Los Angeles, California, USA, but was always too erratic and plagued with personal problems to be destined for success in the long haul. Leon Hughes, Matthew Nelson and Willie Ray Rockwell comprised the initial trio, who entered a talent show at Johnny Otis Barrell House but came second to singer Thurston Harris (11 July 1931, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 1990, California, USA). They set about convincing him to join forces with them, and he eventually agreed. Al Frazier, formerly vocalist with the Mellomoods, helped to choreograph their rough stage act. Their performances soon evolved into some of the most exciting and wild events on the west coast R&B circuit, with acrobatics and audience participation that predated the rock n roll boom. Frazier, too, was persuaded to join the group. After losing Leon Hughes, the unit secured a contract at Federal Records, having been...