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A good history of Independents recordings. Calling them Discs of Gold, however, is a stretch; most of these cuts didn't go gold. The members were Chuck Jackson (younger brother of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson), Maurice Jackson, Eric Thomas, and sole female Helen Curry. Chuck handles the leads in a smooth baritone, sometimes adding a meandering slow rap to some of the songs, while the group harmonizes like a mini-choir. "Understated" best describes this LP; neither Chuck nor the group ever break loose and let it all hang. Wilson Pickett would have been screaming all over these tracks.


Formed: 1971 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

Among the more interesting male/female vocal groups, the Independents made some outstanding singles in the early '70s. Chuck Jackson, Maurice Jackson, Helen Curry, and Eric Thomas specialized in almost melodramatic, overwrought, but perfectly performed love songs. Their first single for Wand, "Just as Long as You Need Me," set the stage in 1972, reaching number eight on the R&B charts. They topped those charts in 1973 with "Leaving Me," while "Baby I've Been Missing You" made it to number four. They...
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