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The Ideals were an R&B vocal group from Chicago, IL, whose "Kissing" single on Satellite was a Top 40 R&B hit in early 1966. Formed in 1952 by students from Crane High School, the group included Reggie Jackson, Leonard Mitchell, Sam Stewart, and Robert Tharp. For a short time the group included Major Lance ("Monkey Time," "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um," "Hey Little Girl"). The group's first single was issued by the local Paso label in 1961. A couple of years later, Eddie Williams joined and sang lead on "Gorilla," a single on the Concord label that capitalized on the dance craze of the same name. By 1965, the Ideals consisted of the trio of Jackson, Mitchell, and Stewart and scored their only charting single, "Kissing," released by the Satellite Recording Company. Another single, "You Lost and I Won," a doo-wopish ballad, was issued. Soon after, the group broke up. Tharp assumed the name Tommy Dark and joined with fellow Chicagoan Jerry Murray to form Tom and Jerrio. The duo had a 1965 Top 20 R&B hit with "Boo-Ga-Loo" on ABC-Paramount. ~ Ed Hogan

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