The Persuasions

Genres: Acappella Folk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia


Formed in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of New York City, this talented vocal group has continued the a cappella tradition despite prevalent trends elsewhere. Jerry Lawson (23 January 1944, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; lead), Joseph ‘Jesse’ Russell (b. 25 September 1939, Henderson, North Carolina, USA; second tenor), Little Jayotis Washington (b. 12 May 1941, Detroit, Michigan, USA; tenor), Herbert ‘Toubo’ Rhoad (b. 1 October 1944, Bamberg, South Carolina, USA, d. 8 December 1988, USA; baritone) and Jimmy ‘Bro’ Hayes (b. 12 November 1943, Hopewell, Virginia, USA; bass) first started singing together in 1962. Having recorded for Minit Records, the Persuasions gained prominence four years later with Acappella, a part live/part studio album released on Frank Zappa’s Straight label. Their unadorned voices were later heard on several superb collections, including Street Corner Symphony and Chirpin’, while the group also supplied...

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