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    The Rayber Voices (Detroit, Michigan)



    Personnel :

    Ranoma Liles Gordy

    Robert Bateman (Bass)

    Sonny Sanders (First Tenor)

    Brian Holland




    Discography :

    Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices
    1958 - I'm So Glad I Learned To Do The Cha-Cha / I Need You (Hob 112)

    Marv Johnson & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Come To Me / Whisper (Tamla 101)
    1959 - I'm Coming Home / River Of Tears (UA 175)
    1959 - Don't Leave Me / You Got What It Takes  (UA 185)
    1960 - I Love The Way You Love / Let Me Love You (UA 208)
    1960 - Ain't Gonna Be That Wa / All The Love I've Got (UA 208)

    Chico Leverett & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again (Tamla 54024)   

    Barrett Strong & The Rayber Voices
    1960 - Whirlwind / I'm gonna cry (Tamla 54033)

    Tom Clay & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Never before / Marry me (Chant 103)

    Mike Power & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - I Left My Love In Paris /  Teenage Sweetheart (Zelman 5301)



    Biography :

    This early Motown backing vocal group came from Detroit, Michigan, USA. The ensemble was established in 1958 and directed by Berry Gordy's second wife, Raynoma Gordy. The Rayber Voices were the original background singers on Gordy's early recordings.

       
                                Marv Johnson                                                                                       

    This is the original line-up: Raynoma Gordy (Berry Gordy's ex-wife), Brian Holland, Sonny Sanders (Satintones Tenor) and Robert Bateman (Satintones bass), later Gwen Murray was in the group as well. The group was on recordings from mid-1958 to about the end of 1959.

       
                                                                                                                  Barrett Strong

    The Rayber Voices made their debut on Herman Griffin's I Need You (1958), and toured with Marv Johnson the following year after his Come To Me achieved a modicum of success. Joining the voices at this time was Gwendolyn Murray.


    Paste up picture :  Bateman, Gordy ,Sanders, Holland

    As Gordy's Motown empire grew the Rayber Voices would eventually include members of the Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, and the Miracles. But the days of using ad hoc ensembles soon ended and by the early '60s the Rayber Voices was replaced by a full-time back-up group, the Andantes.



    Songs :


    Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices

       
    I'm So Glad I Learned To Do The Cha-Cha     I Need You



    Marv Johnson & The Rayber Voices

            
    Whisper                                     Come To Me                You Got What It Takes

           
    I'm Coming Home             Let Me Love You                   River Of Tears

           
    I Love The Way You Love          Don't Leave Me             All The Love I've Got


    Ain't Gonna Be That Way

     

    Chico Leverett The Rayber Voices

       
    Solid Sender                            I'll Never Love Again


    Barrett Strong & The Rayber Voices

       
    I'm gonna cry                                    Whirlwind

     

    Mike Power (bb The Rayber Voices)

       
    I Left My Love In Paris         Teenage Sweetheart

     

    Tom Clay & The Rayber Voices

         
    Never before                         Marry Me


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