The Valadiers (Detroit)

    Personnel :

    Stuart Avig (Lead)

    Martin Coleman (Lead, Bass, Baritone)

    Art Glasser (Second Tenor)

    Jerry Light (Bass, Baritone)

    Discography :

    1961 - Greetings (This is Uncle Sam) / Take A Chance (Miracle 6)
    1962 - While I'm Away / Because I Love Her (Gordy 7003)
    1963 - I Found A Girl / You'll Be Sorry Someday (Gordy 7013)

    1961 - Nothing Is Going to Change It  (Miracle)
    1961 - Somebody Help Me Find My Baby (Miracle)

    Biography :

    The Valadiers was formed in Detroit, MI, in 1959 with Stuart Avig as lead singer, Martin Coleman, Art Glasser and Jerry Light . Their early influences included among others Jerry Butler & the Impressions and Jackie Wilson. One day after high school in 1960, they auditioned at Hitsville USA for Berry Gordy and secured a three-year contract, and became Motown's first white group.

    Berry Gordy                                                                         

    Their first recording session produced "Nothing Is Going to Change It," and "Somebody Help Me Find My Baby," but Motown shelved them. Their second recording was the self-written "Greetings, This Is Uncle Sam," and "Take a Chance," on the B-side.


    Their other recordings with Motown were. "When I'm Away" in 1962 and "I Found a Girl" in 1963. The Valadiers toured frequently Marv Johnson, the Isley Brothers, Wilbert Harrison and other early Motown artists and lead singer Stuart Avig wowed the audiences with a voice that is a cross between Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson. After their Motown contract ended the Valadiers split.

    Songs :

     Take A Chance             Greetings (This is Uncle Sam)      You'll Be Sorry Someday

    While I'm Away / You'll Be Sorry Someday         I Found A Girl







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