The Moments Biography

Formed in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, in 1968, this distinctive sweet soul trio comprised Al Goodman (31 March 1947, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; ex-Vipers and Corvettes), Harry Ray (b. 15 December 1946, Longbranch, New Jersey, USA, d. 1 October 1992; ex-Sounds Of Soul and Establishment) and William Brown (b. 30 June 1946, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA; ex-Broadways and Uniques). The falsetto-led, 50s-style harmony vocal group recorded for Sylvia Robinson’s Stang label. According to Goodman, the original group led by Mark Greene was replaced by Ray, Goodman and Brown in 1969, after their first hit ‘Not On The Outside’. It was this trio’s fourth R&B Top 20 hit, ‘Love On A Two-Way Street’, in 1970, that gave them their biggest pop hit, reaching number 3 in the US charts. They had a further 21 R&B chart records, which included their self-penned Top 20 hit ‘Sexy Mama’ in 1973, and the R&B number 1 ‘Look At Me (I’m In Love)’ in 1975. Their first UK success came in 1975 with ‘Girls’, made with fellow Stang group the Whatnauts. They had two further UK Top 10s: ‘Dolly My Love’ in 1975 and ‘Jack In The Box’ in 1977, neither of which charted in the USA. In 1979, they joined Polydor Records as Ray, Goodman And Brown and had further success notably with the hit ‘Special Lady’.

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

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