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Acappella

The Persuasions

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The first Persuasions release, recorded live in Los Angeles. The sound is a little two-dimensional, but this recording captures the spirit of joy in live harmonizing, which is the very essence of The Persuasions. Includes great takes on The Temptations's "Don't Look Back" and The Drifters's "Up on the Roof," making manifest the intrinsic connection between '50s doo wop and '60s group singing.

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Formed: 1966 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A cappella singing has been part of the African-American musical tradition since the days of slavery. Despite the recent success of the hi-tech a cappella group Take 6, the tradition has suffered a steady decline to the point where it is rare even in gospel circles. The Persuasions, though, are resolutely a cappella. Their chart successes have been minimal (two fleeting R&B entries in 1974-1975), but they carry forward the tradition without appearing ossified. Airplay will probably always elude...
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