|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk 60s northern soul rnb los angeles california chess records southern soul|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 2000s|
Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1955 and originally known as the Jayhawks, this quartet comprised Dave Govan (2 August 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA), Carl Fisher (b. 27 December 1939, Quardon, Texas, USA), James Johnson (b. 13 September 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA) and Carver Bunkham. The Vibrations were notable for being equally proficient with smooth ballads, such as Oh Cindy (1962), and exuberant dance tunes like Sloop Dance (1964). Their exciting stage show made the group one of the favourites on the R&B theatre circuit. After coming together at the Jefferson High School, as the Jayhawks, they recorded the original version of Stranded In The Jungle, a novelty hit they shared with the Cadets. Ricky Owens (b. 24 April 1939, St Louis, Missouri, USA) subsequently replaced Bunkham, and the line-up was later augmented by Don Bradley (b. 7 August 1936, St Louis, Missouri, USA). The group became the Vibrations...