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Hard-hitting Buffalo soul singer Darrel Banks had a hit right out of the gate with his first single: 1966’s “Open the Door to Your Heart” on the tiny Revilot label. The tune—a propulsive groover with a jumpy tempo, dynamite bass line, and incisive horn arrangement—raced to No. 2 on the R&B charts. Banks capitalized on this success with his next single, “Somebody Somewhere Needs You.” The buzz surrounding these two minor hits attracted the attention of ATCO Records, which released Banks’ debut LP, Darrell Banks Is Here!, in 1967. This album includes those successful early singles, as well as a brace of stellar tunes recorded after his signing. It’s all first-rate, equal parts deep soul tearjerkers and cracking dance tunes. Banks would release another album for Stax in 1969, but he never achieved anything like the success he deserved. Both of his LPs are essential listens for soul aficionados, and they're easily the equal of anything produced by contemporary gospel-influenced shouters like Wilson Pickett and Johnnie Taylor.

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Darrell was killed by an off duty cop in Detroit, over a woman in March of 1970."Open The Door To Your Heart" # 27, and "Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You" # 55 were charted singles in 1966. The songs for this album were recorded for a small Detroit label called Revilot. By the way. This music is awsome.

Who in the hell is that!

The incredible Darrell Banks everyone. Tracks 3 & 10 DAMN! If you don't have it get it .


If you love Motown music, you will love this!!! Wow, I didn't know the Detroit connection, but when you hear the music, you can hear that Motown soul...


Born: 1938 in Mansfield, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s

Born Darrell Eubanks in Mansfield, OH, (1938), the gospel-voiced soul singer stepped out as Darrell Banks from the east side of Buffalo, NY, where he lived since a toddler. He sang in church before going secular and wailing at local watering holes. He befriended Doc Murphy, a dentist whose nightclub the Revilot lounge was one of those "holes." A scorching song written by fellow Buffalo resident Donnie Elbert got Banks off and running, not in Buffalo, but further west in Detroit, MI. Banks hooked...
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