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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
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Track List: The Escorts: Greatest Hits

1. I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow

2. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

3. Little Green Apples

4. All We Need Is Another Chance

5. Look Over Your Shoulder

6. I'm So Glad I Found You

7. Ooh Baby Baby

8. Disrespect Can Wreck

11. We've Come Too Far To End It Now

12. Brother

13. I Only Have Eyes For You

14. The Shoo-Nough

15. La La Means I Love You

16. Within Without

17. I Can't Stand To See You Cry

18. Hypnotized

19. There's A Love For Everyone

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Timeless music, reminds me of the 70s and 80s, Old Town National City.
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The escorts

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Hey sweet soulful music. I have four kids that music help me make in the world.
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Where are the escorts now 2016
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MUSIC THATS ALL I CAN SAY IS.. MUSIC.. GOOD STUFF
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I loved the escorts where are they now I wonder
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An autobiograph y film or book would be a great idea. A lot of folk do not know The Escorts story. The thought of them recording in a correction facility just blows my mind. You could here the echo when they sing on every song on their album. (talent) LOVE The Escorts
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1970s down town fulton st Delancey st playboys silk taylormades the 500, 5000 grind swissup & koolaid ��
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Lets make Love at home, just Me and You, Alone, After All this Time. Counting down the days.lil bit couple months under 3 yrs ive been waiting faithfully For you, for this day, night, for this time together, to touch you.
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I love this song ��
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Why did you come into my life
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I Love You Babey!!!! XOXO
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We've come this far to end it now. Baby don't you know never let you go got to lrt you know how much you mean to me
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ariel

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thats the song right there i can lmost relate
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Ooh my baby, my baby, my baby.. .. it's alright, it's alright.. I still love you baby.. yeah yeah ..I remember that day baby when you walked our on me ..yeah baby .. would you please oooooh oooh ........ oh all of the endings had such a flow.. for you to KNOW they've been "there" !! I was 14 ... and the lyrics are still in my mind like fresh, yesterday.. my best group until " TRe'TOWN whom I'm still trying trying to make effort..to introduce to the "ESCORTS" 1& ONLY!!!!!!
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I love these guys! A God given voices. Look over your shoulder, ooo baby baby.
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Love it .
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andersondeni s e 5 9
I always loved the Escorts I use to go see them on family day at rahway it was nice and the kids really enjoyed it..
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My favorite ESCORTS song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! #jerzeee
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I still love the hall out of this song
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It's funny wen u think that one will b there for u ...f**k no !!!
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Sexy damn
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Look over.... Your shoulder E.C.
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Love this song more and more
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For me the Escorts will always be one of best groups of that era. Maybe the best ever, really love those guys,
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Straight up classic. Oldies never die
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heeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e y baby
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Hey thats my cut back n tha days.
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Now this is a Jam I love the Escorts!!! East side story vol. 11
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Let's make love at home sometimes- classic
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Oh please, oh please, oh please, just give us just one more chance now . These guys were awesome, my favorite song they did was Look over your shoulder.
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The Escorts ♥ theses guys are absolutely amazing their beautiful voices beautiful music gives me chills tho ;) ♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~
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One of the best singing groups of their era. It's just sad they were kept imprisoned.
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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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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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