The Tymes Biography

Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA during 1956, George Hilliard, Donald Banks, Albert Berry and Norman Burnett first came together in the Latineers. Adding lead vocalist George Williams (6 December 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 28 July 2004, Maple Shade, New Jersey, USA), they secured a US number 1 hit as the Tymes with the evocative ‘So Much In Love’ (1962), a gorgeously simple performance which recalled the bygone doo-wop era while anticipating the sweet harmonies of 70s Philly soul. The follow-up singles, a cover of Johnny Mathis’ ‘Wonderful! Wonderful!’ and ‘Somewhere’, were also major hits. The band then entered a somewhat lean patch before a version of ‘People’, recorded for the movie Funny Girl, restored them to the upper regions of the US and UK charts in 1968.

Although the original line-up stayed intact for several years, the recruitment of female vocalists Terri Gonzalez and Melanie Moore helped shake-up the band’s image in the early 70s. The Tymes scored international hits with two 1974 releases, ‘You Little Trustmaker’ and ‘Ms. Grace’ (a UK number 1), which pitched the band’s harmonies into a modern context. Such changes, however, failed to sustain the Tymes’ chart career beyond 1976. Various line-ups of the band have continued to ply a trade on the oldies circuit.

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

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