|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||doo wop oldies 50s rock and roll rock american|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s|
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Formed in 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the Silhouettes recorded one of the classics of the doo-wop era, Get A Job. The song was written by tenor Rick Lewis (Richard Lewis, 23 September 1933, USA, d. 19 April 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) while he was in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Upon returning home, Lewis joined a singing group called the Parakeets. He left them to front a band called the Gospel Tornadoes, comprising lead singer Bill Horton (b. 25 December 1929, North Carolina, USA d. 23 December 1995, Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA), bass singer Raymond Edwards (b. 13 September 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 March 1997) and baritone Earl Beal (b. 18 July 1924, Denora, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 2001). When the gospel group changed to secular music, it took on a new name, the Thunderbirds. A disc jockey, Kae Williams, signed the group to his own Junior Records in 1958 and Get A Job was recorded...