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Donnie Elbert's All Platinum/Sugar Hill Records' output consisted of either updates of his or other's classics. This repackage album first emerged on All Platinum as Dancin' the Night Away with the songs in a different order. The enthralling Elbert whips his effervescent falsetto heartily into makeovers of Eddie Kendricks' "Going Up in Smoke," the Average White Band's "A Love of My Own," Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way," the Sylvers' "Boogie Fever," and six more tasty jams aimed at the disco crowd.


Born: 25 May 1936 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Northern soul legend Donnie Elbert was born May 25, 1935, in New Orleans. His family relocated to Buffalo, NY's east side three years later, and there he learned to play guitar and piano. Influenced most profoundly by the Drifters' Clyde McPhatter, Elbert co-founded a doo wop group called the Vibraharps with friend Danny Cannon in 1955, serving as its guitarist, songwriter, and arranger while largely relegating himself to background vocals. After making his recorded debut on their single "Walk Beside...
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