The Winstons

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades Active: 1960s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia

Biography

An R&B band from Washington, DC, USA. Members were Richard Spencer (lead vocals/tenor saxophone), Ray Maritano (vocals/alto saxophone), Quincy Mattison (vocals/lead guitar), Phil Tolotta (second lead/organ), Sonny Peckrol (vocals/bass guitar), and G.C. Coleman (vocals/drums). The Winstons like many black self-contained bands during the soul years created records that sounded like a stand-up vocal group. Spencer, Mattison, and Coleman had all worked previously in Otis Redding’s band. The three later joined Peckrol, Tolotta, and Maritano to form a back-up band for the Chicago-based Impressions. They then decided to play on their own under the name Winstons. Their one hit, ‘Color Him Father’, written by Spencer, featured moving and heartfelt lyrics about being brought up by a wonderful father. The public was thoroughly taken by this enchanting song, making it a monster hit by buying a million copies, and going to number 1 R&B and number 7 pop in...

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