• The Majestics (2) aka The Majestic’s

    The Majestics (2) (Detroit)
    aka The Majestic’s

    Personnel :

    First Group

    Johnny Mitchell (Lead)

    C. Autry "Breeze" Hatcher (First Tenor)

    Alvin English

    Cyril Clark (Bass)

    Second Group

    Thomas Mealy (Lead and Tenor)

    Maurice Fagin (Lead)

    Johnny Mitchell (Tenor)

    Pedro Mancha (Baritone)

    Warren Harris (Bass)

    Discography :

    First Group
    The Majestics (2)
    1960 - Hard Times / Teenage Gossip (Contour 501)

    Second Group
    Johnny Mitchell & The Majestic’s
    1961 - Shoppin' And Hoppin’/ So I Can Forget (Chex 1000)
    1961 - Give Me A Cigarette / Shoppin' And Hoppin' (Chex 1000)
    1962 - Give Me A Cigarette / So I Can Forget (Chex 1004)

    The Majestics (2)
    1962 - Unhappy And Blue / Treat Me Like You Want To Be Treated (Chex 1004)
    1962 - Lonely Heart / Gwendolyn (Chex 1006)
    1963 - Baby / Teach Me How To Limbo (Chex 1009)
    1964 - Hello Love / The Further You Look, The Less You See (V.I.P 25010)

    Biography :

    The Majestics, like many groups of the era have a complicated history. The late Johnny Mitchell was the lead singer on their "Shoppin' And Hoppin’" and "So I Can Forget" released in 1961 as Chex 1000. There are two pressings available on this ballad: according to producer and singer Tony Ewing, the first was called "So I Can Forget" and the title was changed to "Give Me A Cigarette" for some forgotten reason. "So I Can Forget" generated enough local response to encourage Ewing to develop his tiny new record company. According to former Contour Cyril Clarke, who sang with the Majestics on their first record, "Hard Times" / "Teenage Gossip" in 1960 for Robert West’s Contour label, the original Majestics consisted of Johnny Mitchell, C. Autry "Breeze" Hatcher, Alvin English and Cyril Clarke.

    The Majestics (2) aka The Majestic’s

    Yet by the time the Majestics recorded for Chex about a year and a half later, only Johnny Mitchell remained. The rest of the group consisted of Thomas Mealy (Lead and Tenor), Maurice Fagin (Lead), Pedro Mancha (Baritone) and Warren Harris (Bass). The Majestics’ second Chex 45 was "Unhappy And Blue" with Maurice Fagin on lead backed with "Treat Me Like You Want To Be Treated." Locally distributed in the spring of 1962 as Chex 1004, it failed to make much noise for the young group. They did much better with  "Lonely Heart" / "Gwendolyn" also released in 1962 as Chex 1006. Thomas Mealy sang the lead on most of the Majestic releases for Chex, and "Lonely Heart" was distributed national at that time by Jerry Blaine’s Cosnat-Jubilee operation.

    The Majestics (2) aka The Majestic’s    The Majestics (2) aka The Majestic’s
    Tony Ewing                                                                                                                                           

    The Majestics last record for Chex was "Baby" / "Teach Me How To Limbo" wich came out in early 1963 as Chex 1009 . "Baby" was the final wax by the Majestics for Chex. In 1964 The Majestics Warren Harris & Maurice Fagin came to Motown and with Richard Street and Saundra Fagin  signed to the V.I.P label Their first single was to be "Hello Love" but the single was canned and Motown discovered there was a group based out of East LA called The Majestics, so Motown's Majestics became The Monitors and "Say You" was their first single in 1965.

    Songs :

    The Majestics (2)

    Hard Times                                  Teenage Gossip

    Johnny Mitchell & The Majestic’s

            Shoppin' And Hoppin’            So I Can Forget (Give Me A Cigarette)

    The Majestics (2)

           Unhappy And Blue                Treat Me Like You Want To Be Treated

    Lonely Heart                                  Gwendolyn

                Baby                                 Teach Me How To Limbo

                      Hello Love                 The Further You Look, The Less You See

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