Brenda & The Tabulations Biography

This R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, comprising Brenda Payton (d. 14 June 1992), Jerry Jones, Eddie Jackson, and Maurice Coates, was recognizable for the fetchingly innocent-sounding vocals of Payton on a series of intensely sung ballads. Their biggest hit was their 1967 debut single on the Dionn label, ‘Dry My Eyes’ (number 8 US R&B chart, number 20 pop chart). This was followed by further successful records, including a remake of the Miracles’ ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’ (number 19 R&B, June 1967), ‘When You’re Gone’ (number 27 R&B, December 1967). Bernard Murphy joined the line-up in 1969, and, reorganized in 1970 around Brenda Payton, Pat Mercer, and Deborah Martin, the group achieved a further string of hits including ‘The Touch Of You’ (number 12 R&B, December 1969), ‘And My Heart Sang (Tra La La)’ (number 12 R&B, May 1970), ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ (number 15 R&B, August 1970) and 1971’s ‘Right On The Tip Of My Tongue’ (number 10 R&B, number 23 pop), all released on the Top & Bottom label. A stint at Epic Records produced no major hits, but in 1973 their excellent ‘One Girl Too Late’ (number 43 R&B) deserved far greater recognition and success. The group’s last chart success was in 1977.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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