The Lost Generation Biography

An R&B vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Lost Generation bucked the early 70s major trend in sweet falsetto-led vocal groups by providing a fresh sound of a dry, hard lead. The members were Lowrell Simon (lead), his brother Fred Simon, Larry Brownlee (d. 1978; ex-CODs) and Jesse Dean. Lowrell and Dean had previously been members of the Vondells, who had a local Chicago hit in 1964 with ‘Lenore’. The Lost Generation established themselves with the ‘The Sly, Slick, And The Wicked’ (number 14 R&B, number 30 pop) in 1970, and although they were never able to penetrate the national pop charts again, they managed to sustain themselves on R&B hits for the next several years, notably with ‘Wait A Minute’ (number 25 R&B) in 1970, and ‘Talking The Teenage Language’ (number 35 R&B) in 1971. The group broke up after their last chart record in 1974. Lowrell Simon, under the name of ‘Lowrell’, went on to establish a solo career, having a solid hit with ‘Mellow Mellow Right On’ (number 32 R&B) in 1979. AVI released his self-titled debut the same year.

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

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