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"5" Royales, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

"5" Royales

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Biographical Information

The "5" Royales are responsible for crafting some of rock and roll's first true standards. Over the course of two decades, from 1945 to 1965, the group created a remarkable body of work that laid the foundation for a host of music that followed in its wake, with pivotal recordings and performing techniques that helped define a variety of styles under the rock and roll umbrella.  - See more at: http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-5-royales/

The "5" Royales are responsible for crafting some of rock and roll's first true standards. Over the course of two decades, from 1945 to 1965, the group created a remarkable body of work that laid the foundation for a host of music that followed in its wake, with pivotal recordings and performing techniques that helped define a variety of styles under the rock and roll umbrella. The group transitioned to secular music by the early 50s, and they were among the very first to incorporate elements of gospel, jazz and blues into the genre of group vocal harmony. Their resoundingly soulful sound was built around the dual-lead vocals of siblings Johnny and Eugene Tanner. That combination paired perfectly with Lowman Pauling's exceptional songwriting and innovative guitar playing, which profoundly influenced the likes of Steve Cropper and had many similarities to the single-string soloing favored by Albert King and Freddie King. With a move to King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1954, the "5" Royales hit a stride that produced "Dedicated to the One I Love," which decades later became a hit with versions by the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas; and "Tell the Truth," later recorded by Ray Charles and also covered by Eric Clapton. The "5" Royales' "Think" was a Top 10 R&B hit in 1957 and is a nearly unclassifiable masterpiece. In 1960, "Think" made the R&B Top 10 for a second time in a radical re-working by James Brown and the Famous Flames that pointed toward future funk classics like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "Cold Sweat." In 1993, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger recorded a version of "Think" for a solo album, Wandering Spirit. Not long after recording a handful of singles produced by James Brown, the “5” Royales disbanded in 1965. - See more at: http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-5-royales/bio/#sthash.J9eJ6I1T.dpuf

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