The Showmen

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: northern soul oldies 60s beat italian italian beat italiana folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1990s
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An R&B vocal group from Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The Showmen were a classic early 60s transitional group who represented some of the dying gasps of doo-wop and the first stirrings of the soul revolution. The members were General Norman Johnson (23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia, USA), Milton Wells, Gene and Dorsey Wright, and Leslie Felton. The group signed with the New Orleans-based Minit Records label in 1961 and had an immediate hit with a perky rock ‘n’ roll/R&B anthem called ‘It Will Stand’ (number 40 R&B, number 61 pop). The b-side, ‘Country Fool’, received solid airplay in many parts of the country. The staying power of ‘It Will Stand’ was most evident when it made a modest return to the charts in 1964 (number 80 pop). In 1963, the Showmen found success in many markets with the delightful ‘39-21-46’, and this, too, proved to have staying power over the years. The Showmen moved to the...

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