• The Siberians

    The Siberians  

    The Siberians (Detroit, Michigan)

    Personnel :

    Otis Williams

    Elbridge "Al" Bryant

    James Crawford

    Arthur Walton

    Vernard Plain

    Discography :

    1958 - Pecos Kid / All of My Life (?)

    Biography :

    Four of the Distants became members of the world-renowned Temptations, the most popular male recording group ever. They began as Otis & the Siberians with a lineup of Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, James Crawford, Arthur Walton, and Vernard Plain. Detroit DJ Bill Williams discovered them singing at a hop and became their manager, and helped get them their first recording opportunity "Pecos Kid" b/w "All of My Life" for another DJ, Senator Bristol Bryant's label. Williams had little time and no managerial skills, and Bryant had no inclination to promote the record outside of Detroit; so they switched to Johnnie Mae Matthews' Northern Records. Like most groups seeking fame and fortune, the Distants endured many personnel changes, Melvin Franklin nee David English replaced bass singer Arthur Walton. Franklin had recorded with the Voice Masters on "Need It." Then Plain left, which gave Franklin's cousin Richard Street, an opening; he stepped in as the groups' lead singer. And if that wasn't enough change, the Siberians became the Distants.


  • Comments

    Saturday 1st February 2020 at 10:04

    Hi dion1,  your lineup description doesn't match with the top photo of The Siberians: I'm pretty sure Elbridge "Al" Bryant is not one of these five guys and 100% sure Otis Williams neither is. I guess this is a photo of another group ?!... Whatever, thanks for this post. I did everywhere I can hoping to listen of these two songs "Pecos Kid" "ll of My Life", if you have any clue I'd appreciate :)
    All the best, Mat

    Monday 25th January 2021 at 22:09
    That's not a picture of none of the Siberians,Otis Williams,or Melvin Franklin
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