Don Brown – USA

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 “The following is based upon my personal knowledge, personal research and personal experiences” 

Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.

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“She won’t be gone long” (Transistor Sound) 7’

RELEASE DATE: 3/2/2018

Sweet California Soul with remnants of Philly and Chicago Doo-Wop make this new 45 from Transistor Sound a must have for fans of the slow and low sound. The Sentiments have composed in one song a companion for warm summer nights and long winter days. Let the sweet, soulful sounds of “She Won’t Be Gone Long” wash over you.

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The Nu-Rons

“All My Life” / “Disco Hustle”  (Soul Junction SJ1010)

Release Date: Monday 12th February 2018

The Nu-Rons, were a family group consisting of two sets of brothers and cousins, the four young men in question being brothers Daryl Howard and Raymond Gibson (Daryl’s mother registered him under his father’s surname of Howard and Raymond under her maiden name of Gibson) together with Otho Bateman and Charles Bateman. They were all born and raised in Salem, New Jersey and from the age of ten and eleven began singing with a fifth member and Gibson brother Rudolph in a group called The Gospel 5. They eventually decided to crossover to secular music and as a group known for their energetic dance routines they came up with the new performing name of ‘The Nu-Rons’ (taken from the word ‘Neuron’ which is a cell that transmits nerve impulses). However Rudolph was soon to leave the group due to physical illness. Also Daryl Howard and Charles Bateman had also been part of a working group known as The Devotions prior to becoming The Nu-Ron’s.

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Between The Two

“Take a little time/”My next step” (Right Combination) 7’

Between The Two was the creation of the late great fashion designer Bill F. Whitten, whom is highly known for his remarkable designs for the following Artist: Michael Jackson, The Jackson’s, E.W.F., Stevie Wonder, etc The band originated from his home town of Bessemer
Alabama, which he relocated all eight of the original group to Hollywood in March of 1977. Continue reading Between The Two