• The Uniques (1)

    The Uniques (1) (Milwaukee, Wisc.)


    Personnel :

    Earl king (Lead)

    Johnny Taylor (Lead)

    Charles Jordan (Second Tenor)

    Leonard Garr (Baritone)

    Bob Morland (Bass)

    Discography :

    1957 - Right Now / Somewhere (Peacock 1677)
    1960 - Mysterious / Picture Of My Baby  (Peacock 1695)

    Biography :

    This group came together in 1956 as Earl King and the Kingsmen. In 1957 they signed with the Peacock label.  Peacock Records was an American record label, started in 1949 by Don Robey in Houston, Texas, United States. "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton was a hit for Peacock in 1953.

    Other significant rhythm and blues artists on Peacock were Marie Adams, James Booker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Little Richard, Memphis Slim, and former gospel singer Jackie Verdell. The label also dabbled with jazz, releasing albums by vocalist Betty Carter and saxophonist Sonny Criss. In 1952, Robey gained control of the Duke Records label of Memphis, Tennessee. Duke/Peacock Records was formed. 


    A Month after signing, The Kingsmen Went to Chicago to record. Robey was there and decided to rename the group the Uniques! Following their second recording for Peacock in 1960, with no hits to their credit, the group split up. In 1963, Taylor joined one of the Ink Spots groups and stayed with them for the next twenty-five Years.
    Mitch Rosalsky (Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Vocal Groups)



    Songs :

    Mysterious                           Picture Of My Baby

    Somewhere                          Right Now





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