The Magnificent Men

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s

Biography

A white R&B vocal septet from York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, the Magnificent Men (often abbreviated to the ‘Mag Men’) drew their members from doo-wop groups called the Endells (who released one single, ‘Vicky’, in 1963) and the Del-Chords (who released ‘Everybody’s Gotta Lose Someday’ in 1964). From the latter band were culled singers Dave Bupp and Buddy King, with instrumental backing provided by the former Endells (Jim Seville, Bob Angelucci, Tom Hoover, Terry Crousare and Tom Pane). They signed to Capitol Records and ‘Peace Of Mind’ was released in 1965. The follow-up single was ‘Maybe, Maybe Baby’, radio exposure for which brought them to the Apollo Theatre in New York. Their legendary performance here drew James Brown up from the audience, joining them in a 45-minute set. However, the group was facing difficulty in outgrowing their local popularity, with ‘Stormy Weather’ failing and...

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