• The Victorials
    Charles Godfrey, Willis Miller, Harold Davis, Sedrick Cox & Clyde Giles 

    The Victorials (Cincinnati, OH.)
    Ref :The Emeralds (1) 


    Personnel :

    Harold Davis (Lead)

    Sedrick Cox (First Tenor)

    Charles Godfrey (Second Tenor)

    Willis Miller (Baritone)

    Clyde Giles (Bass)


    Discography :

    1956 - I Get That Feeling / Prettiest Girl In The World (Imperial 5398)


    Biography :

    Harold Edward "Hal" Davis (February 8, 1933 — November 18, 1998) was an American songwriter and record producer. He is best remembered as the key figure in the latter part of the Motown career of The Jackson 5. Davis was the co-writer and producer of Jackson 5 hits such as "I'll Be There" and "Dancing Machine," and Eddie Kendricks' "Can I". Davis also produced for Bette Midler (her Motown record of 1975, produced by Davis, was never released), Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Brenda Holloway, Thelma Houston, Joy Holden, Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Junior Walker, and The Miracles.

    The Victorials
    Marc Gordon, Marvin Gaye & Hal Davis in Motown's studios

    Back in the mid 50’, At the end of 1955, Hal Davis joined some neighborhood friends, Willis Miller, Clyde Giles and Sedrick Cox. The three fellows were part of Luther Bond & the Emeralds and have recorded three singles for the Savoy Label. With the addition of Charles Godfrey, they named themselves the Victorials after the car (Ford Crown Victoria). DJ: Charles "Bugs" Scruggs of WCIN managed the group for about eight months and recorded some demos at the station. 

    The Victorials    The Victorials
    Charles "Bugs" Scruggs                                                                                                   

    Scruggs sent the demos to Imperial Records. Imperial responded by sending pianist Ernie Freeman to Cincinnati to hire some pick-up musicians and oversee a recording session. The Victorials cut "I Get That Feeling" and "The Prettiest Girl In The World" written by Scruggs & Davis.  The record released in July went nowhere and the Victorials decided to call it a day, breaking up after about a year in existence.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    I Get That Feeling                      Prettiest Girl In The World


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