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The Escorts

The Escorts literally tried to sing their way out of Rahway State Prison (NJ). All seven -- Reginald Haynes, Lawrence Franklin, Robert Arrington, William Dugger, Stephen Carter, Frank Heard, and Marion Murphy, with assistance from producer/writer/singer George Kerr -- were serving time for various felonies and somehow hooked up with Kerr who was allowed to bring recording equipment into the slammer, which accounts for the less than sterling quality of their tracks; Kerr recorded the Escorts in prison then sweetened the tracks on the outside.

The project lasted from 1973 to 1974 and resulted in five singles, the first, "All We Need Is Another Chance, Pts. 1 & 2," written by Kerr, was tailored for them. The Alithia Records release reminds you of Kerr's productions on the Whatnauts, but not nearly as sharp, though the Escorts multi-man (seven singers) lineup provided for a full harmony sound. The record saw airtime in Jersey, New York, Philly, Virginia, Maryland, and a few other locales, mostly along the East Coast, but it never really broke. But just recording and having record releases gave the Escorts tons of hope.

Kerr chose the remake route for singles two and three. "Look Over Your Shoulder" b/w "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" didn't cut the mustard; Kerr had already cut a far superior version of the A-side on the O'Jays for Bell Records a few years earlier. The Escorts closed out 1973 with two more Kerr productions previously done by the O'Jays: "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow" b/w "I'm So Glad I Found You"; once again, the originals reigned supreme.

Kerr, who sung with the Serenaders, usually managed at least one R&B Top 20 hit with everybody he produced, but never could get the Escorts that high on the charts. Prior to working with them, he enjoyed success with the Moments, Linda Jones, the Whatnauts, Barbara English, and others. Alithia issued one more single the summer of 1974 entitled "Lets Make Love at Home" (arguably one of their finest), but the results were the same -- a lot of promise, but it charted low and royalties never materialized. An album, 3 Down 4 to Go, dropped in 1973 and Collectables Records released a CD All We Need Is Another Chance in 1994; subsequent CDs', The Best of the Escorts (Sequel Records) and Prisoners of Soul (Priority Records) are fine efforts. Some of the Escorts best (unreleased as singles) songs are on these compilations and the digitally remastered compact disks are far superior to the original vinyl releases.

Franklin and Arrington resurrected the Escorts in 1981 for an unsuccessful two-single run. With new Escorts -- George Byles, James Green, Frank Harris, and Grover Troutman -- they cut "Love Is Like a Dream" b/w "Make Me Over Lord" and "Heart of Gold" b/w "Sing a Happy Song" on Knockout Records. Reginald "Reggie" Haynes, the Escorts' original lead singer, embarked on a solo career that fizzled quick; his "Get Ready to Move" b/w "I'll Be Sweeter Than Yesterday" on Escort Records bombed in 1986. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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LOL..THIS MY SONG!! LOL
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I absolutely luv these guys❤️❤️. I am an old school type of Gurl I was born in the 70's and my mom stayed playing all the hits.... I pretty much grew up on all these artist in this error!!!!!!! !
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pjleibas
Back in the day. Memorable and great times growing up with music like this.
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I graduated in 75, herd this song then and loved it now its 2015 and it sounds even better plus all the memories in between...cl a s s i c
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LaLaLa...... . c l a s s i c !
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YeA BABY
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josuelopez36 5 1
Jam after jam no natter where ur at in life them lyrics run deep all u gotta do is listen
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lalalalalala l a l a l a l a l a Good God Almighty...I love this song
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j2walsh2002
I love this song I feel it in my heart. I miss groups like them. Those were some bad brothas :-)
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Lalalalalala l a is singing ? These guys bite
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Tonysalcido. Brings back memories
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This song brings me back when I saw them in concert good song!!!!!
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Salaam2423 real heart felt music there will never be anything like it
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This is the JAM!!!
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nancyweissbe i n
Nice song!
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j2walsh2002
Lets make love at home all the time :-)
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surita482
Sandra 59 This song goes out to Pete.R. and I will always be here for you.
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❤this jam ...
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That's one bad jam ,from Escorts look over your shoulders !!
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Sonny these guys are the without a doubt, the best.
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Your. Sugar. & spice. Man. Bbydoll. ��
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nancyweissbe i n
Wow! I have not heard this song, look over your shoulder I love it! Gives me goose bumps ❤️
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It's not easy finding someone who truly cares.
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rmartin64.rm 3 5
Just play the dam song
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My favorite song by them.
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So nice to listen to the Escorts whenever I feel like it....hey baby
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judyrivas46
I actually had there album they sing from the heart I still get chills Nice to slow dance to. Where are the Escorts today? Would love to see them do a concert..... . . .
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tyhesia74
Ohhh yess!!! I love these guys!!! Yess!
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I loved when I have a date ,after awhile they would start to cry,.
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I always wondered why the Escorts had a unique sound of constant echo, not realizing they recorded every song while incarcerated . I am amused and amazed to this day. #Unsung and a bio would be GREAT! I'd love to hear their stories....
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Lets learn more about the Escorts on unsung
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Wow what a story, I was not aware that the escorts were locked up when they recorded. This is a Hollywood story in the making. I wonder what they are doing now.
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Yes
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j2walsh2002
Cali here lovin those boyssss and all the groups like em. If guys were like this these days us women would have it going on like we did back then. I'm sure there is some of them out there, we just don't know where ya at :-) PEACE to all my generation of people in this day and age.
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I am dc native and the escorts were also large in the dmv .had an opportunity several years back to see them at ft DuPont and the tore it up.i have escort station on my Pandora and at the car wash or the park or cook out you have to listen to them
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The Escorts were big in my hood
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The escorts I wish I could look over my shoulder to see all the original singers. You all sang the hell out of that song. If I had the power you all would havevsang your way out of that prison pronto. Love you guys, and thanks for the memories, you all were awesome, old school is the best.
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classic
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This is one beautiful song.
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Ditto2014

Look over your shoulder, standing close by...
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Never heard this group until now. Love their sound. ' WERE ARE THEY NOW? RQ/rlh
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seguin5
Smokey Robinson song ooh baby baby was the best I ever heard, until I heard it by the Escorts! Love their music! Would love to hear more music by them.
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I remember this jam! I was blown away when my dad's correction officers friend told us these brothers were in the State Pen in NJ! They were the bomb! I would listen to this all day!
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Those who bite shall be bitten
Those who never bite shall be
Cased to the wayside.10.4 k * 9 7 8 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
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nlcordova20
The best love song " EVER"....
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Here is another one of the best groups to ever sing LOVE songs RASHON IBN ALMUHYI newark, n.j.
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Look over ur shoulder youll find me!!
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sweet sweet soul
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Old stool thursday's chill n with Escorts.... that goods!!!
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soonskiez1
GANgStER s**t
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