The Pentagons

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: doo wop oldies 50s all rhythm & blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s
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The members of this vocal group from San Bernadino, California, USA, were Joe Jones (lead), Carl McGinnis (bass), Otis Munson (tenor) and the brothers Ted (tenor) and Ken Goodloe (baritone, piano). The Pentagons helped to make the early 60s the era of neo-doo-wop renaissance, in which they sang classic 50s vocal harmonies that evoked the past, but with full orchestrated support that reflected the coming soul era. The original Pentagons group, which was assembled in 1958, comprised the Goodloe brothers, McGinnis, plus Bill James as tenor and Johnny Torrence as lead. They recorded one unsuccessful single for Specialty Records, and then Torrence and James departed to be replaced by Jones and Munson, respectively. Another single for Modern Records was released under the name of the Shields, and then in 1961 the group had a big hit with a Ken Goodloe song, ‘To Be Loved (Forever)’ (number 48 pop). It was released on Bob Keane’s Donna label, but after one...

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