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Thursday, September 15, 2011


As a member of Milwaukee-by-way-of-Chicago soul group The Esquires (of which her brother Alvis was also a member), Betty Moorer had a great taste of success with their first Chicago production "Get On Up". While on the surface it may seem like an overnight success, the Esquires were formed in 1957 and saw their first (ultra obscure) release in 1962! The group was signed by Chicago producer Bunky Sheppard.

Here, we find Betty Moorer stepping out front as leader (with the Esquires providing gorgeous vocal backing) with stellar results. This cut has a dreamy, otherworldly quality that draws me in to a hypnotic vortex for two minutes thirty nine seconds.

from 1969...


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