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The Soul Seekers – Where Are They Now?

The original six members of this sextet included Arthur Blake, Ernest Irvin, Alex “Junior” Bolton, Carneil Underwood, guitarist, Wallace Meyers, and dynamic lead singer, Marion Hannah. The Soul Seekers released two more albums on Savoy Records’ Gospel record label and on Choice Records, SOUND OF AMERICA, in the 1960s. The latter two albums included new members, guitarists Richard and Frankie Boyce, songwriter Larry Lawson, and vocalist George Washington. The Soul Seekers’ second album is Songs For My Mother. The DeVoil Brothers, Johnny and Wimbley, joined the group as well for the third album, Tell It Like It Is, a social commentary written by Larry Lawson describing issues that still plague the Black church today. The group is also known as “The Soul Seekers featuring Rev. Marion Hannah”. ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Original_Soul_Seekers

About SAVOY Records

Savoy was founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky. The Newark, New Jersey label issued many of the important early bebop jazzalbums. With the rise of rock and roll, Lubinsky concentrated more on African-American black gospel music, recording many groups of the 1950s and cementing Savoy’s preeminence in the black gospel recording industry through its association with James Cleveland and his Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Savoy’s artistic directors have included Buck Ram, Teddy Reig, Ralph Bass (1948‒1952), Fred Mendelsohn (1953), and Ozzie Cadena (1954‒1962) (father of punk rock musician,Dez Cadena).

After Lubinsky’s death in 1974, Clive Davis (then manager of Arista Records) acquired Savoy’s catalog. The current owner of its jazz and blues material is Columbia Music Entertainment of Japan which operates in the US as Savoy Label Group (SLG). In 1986, Malaco Records acquired Savoy’s black gospel titles and contracts.[1]

Many of the label’s African-American artists begrudged label founder, Herman Lubinsky, feeling grossly underpaid for their work. Tiny Price, a journalist for the African-American newspaper, The Newark Herald News, said of Savoy and Lubinsky:

There’s no doubt everybody hated Herman Lubinsky. If he messed with you, you were messed. At the same time, some of those people ‒ many of them Newark’s top singers and musicians ‒ would never have been exposed to records if he didn’t do what he did. Except for Lubinsky, all the hot little numbers, like Buddy Johnson’s “Cherry” would have been lost. The man may have been hated, but he saved a lot of our history for us and for future generations.

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In the early 1960s, Savoy recorded a number of avant-garde jazz artists, giving them important early exposure. These included Paul Bley, Ed Curran, Bill DixonMarc LevinCharles MoffettPerry Robinson, Joseph Scianni, Archie SheppSun RaMarzette Watts, and Valdo Williams.

As of 2012, the Savoy library is primarily controlled by Nippon Columbia, a TokyoJapan-based public company which purchased Savoy in 1991. Nippon Columbia’s wholly owned subsidiary, Savoy Jazz, handles Savoy Records distribution in the United States.

 

Always In SeaySon!

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
~Maya Angelou

Music has always had a way of transforming and evolving into something fresh and new. Does music always reflect where we are in relationship to society? The music of the 60’s and 70’s certainly did. Does our music, today somehow show what and where our consciousness lie, especially in a troubling state of affairs? There were gangs back in the day. These cats feuded and had some major problems with each other, but never to the extent we see today. How does our music mirror the social angst’s of our times? and Do our musicians speak to the need for more than what is being received – both individually and societal? Sam, Marvin and Stevie did.

From The Beginning

A Capella has no race distinction about it. It’s just about the sound. Musicians came together…

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