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Thursday, October 27, 2011


For some unknown reason, New Orleans has never had much of a harmony singing group tradition. Surprising, considering this city has been (and continues to be) one of the universal epicenters of musical melting pots incorporating jazz, r&b, soul and funk into the local styles and beyond.

The Barrons (or as they were more commonly known on most releases, The Barons) were an exception, and the group shows off a gorgeous harmony blend on this record, featuring falsetto lead singer Lloyd Shepard in full flight. The group found their recording debut in 1964, co-billed with Eddie Bo on Eddie's "Gotta Have More" (a past 45 of the day which I'll re-post at the Daily 45 Facebook page to correspond with this posting).

By the time this record was released, the group had experienced the type of line-up changes that are seemingly always an inevitable in the world of groups.

from 1973...


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