The Van Dykes
|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul doo wop rhythm and blues northern soul southern soul blackpool mecca need to rate sought after soul the ritz|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 2000s|
This US group was formed in Fort Worth, Texas in 1964 when Rondalis Tandy (lead vocal) teamed with three aspiring singers, Wenzon Mosley (tenor), James Mays (bass) and Eddie Nixon (falsetto). Nixon left prior to recording No Man Is An Island, which was the Van Dykes first single, and the prototype for many of their subsequent releases. This exquisite ballad featured Tandys tight, almost claustrophobic falsetto, while a sparse instrumental section emphasized the three singers close harmonies and their indebtedness to the Impressions. The trio folded in 1968 following Tandys departure for California. No Man Is An Island released in 1982 features previously issued material together with newly discovered masters.