'In Paradise' has a mysterious, dramatic intro that leads way to an easy tempo stomper full of hooks, great vocals and hypnotic strings. Flip it over, and 'Take It Baby' is sure to amaze with a strong Motown-like groove and those always fantastic lead vocals, courtesy of the late, great General Johnson.
While the Swan Record label was releasing a slew of fantastic singles during '65-'66, they were having great difficulty getting their records distributed, and were verging on the brink of bankruptcy which turned out to be their fate in '66.
Led by the incredibly powerful vocals of Atlanta native General Johnson, The Showmen scored one national hit with their debut single (the anthemic "It will Stand", which hit the charts twice- once in '61 then again in '64). The music of the Showmen played a very important role in the "beach music" craze of the Carolina coast.
THE SHOWMEN - IN PARADISE
b/w TAKE IT BABY