|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rhythm and blues doo wop american rock and roll oldies under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This R&B vocal group was formed in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Sheppards created a marvellous transitional style of R&B during the early 60s, drawing much of its character from earlier doo-wop, yet incorporating instrumentation and vocal stylings that in later years would inform soul music. They were named after their producer Bill Bunky Sheppard. The members were lead and bass Millard Edwards, lead and top tenor Murrie Eskridge, baritone Jimmy Allen, bass and fifth tenor James Dennis Isaac, second tenor O.C. Perkins and guitarist Kermit Chandler. The groups most famous song was the doo-wop ballad Island Of Love (1959), but later tracks included The Glitter In Your Eyes (1961) and Tragic (1962). All the members had been veterans of the R&B scene for several years before joining together as the Sheppards. Eskridge and Perkins were members of the Palms on United in 1957, and Edwards, Allen and...