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The Essex

Fondly recalled for their 1963 chart-topper "Easier Said Than Done," R&B vocal quintet the Essex was formed in 1961 by Walter Vickers and Rodney Taylor, a pair of U.S. Marines stationed in Japan; upon returning stateside to Camp LeJeune, NC, the duo recruited fellow leathernecks Anita Humes, Billie Hill, and Rudolph Johnson and recorded a demo tape which earned them a contract with the Roulette label. Highlighted by Humes' distinctively sassy lead vocal, "Easier Said Than Done" reached the top of the American pop charts in June of 1963, although the Essex found promoting the single trying as they were forced to coordinate their live appearances around their Marine duties. Johnson's subsequent shipment to a military base in Okinawa, Japan, further complicated matters, but the group's follow-up "A Walkin' Miracle" nevertheless reached the number 12 spot; when the Essex's third single "She's Got Everything" stalled, however, their chart run was over, and after a handful of little-noticed records like "Curfew Lover," they disbanded. Humes later pursued a solo career. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Its Ricardo valenzuela
Love dis song
a lousy version of Robert and Johnnie's classic
Your mine & we belong together, yes we belong together ��
It belongs to me only meeeee, y Que <3 :))))
At a party today and feel so sad right now
RITCHIE IS STILL BETTER THEN EVERYONE LIKE HE IS STILL BETTER THEN SELENA PERÉZ
I luv this song but Ritchie Valens sings it better right like I cry because I don't see my mom anymore ��
this is RITCHIE VALENS SONG STOP IT STLER��
What no Jaynettes?
Every one knows that this is Richie valens song
Simonex3
lhs119
Billy Hilly continues to perform, immense talent
Essex version of We Belong Together is lame...Bob jones & Dee Kelley could do a better job on Robert & Johnny's classic
curitiba4lif e 5 0
Gladys Knight & The Pips sung the Temptations song I WISH IT WOULD RAIN-it didn't sound good at all, but they r one of my favorites-so don't judge The essex based on their remakes either.
curitiba4lif e 5 0
All u clowns bashing their remakes-ever y group does remakes-Marv i n & Tammy, my favorite artist, did BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN-it wasn't that great-you can't judge a group by their remakes. Gladys Knight did a not so great remake also-I forgot the song.
not bad version of All in my Mind not as good as Maxine Brown or Bobby Marchan though
DeeKelley EXACTLY what I was going to say ! the original version of Why do fools fall in love is bad enough to endure but the Essex is AWFUL
Out Of Sight. Out Of Mind is worse than their version of We Belong Together:-( HORRIBLE is to good of a word for their version!!!!!
The Essex's version of We Belong Together is HORRIBLE Robert Johnny must get SICK when they hear it. :-(
Ritchy Valens he is & will be the #1 baby AREBA la Rasa Orale
Ritchir Valens is the original singer and Ritchie Valens was better and still is :)
Richie valens was the original one who song this song
18 in 1959
could listen to this fantastic music for 25 hours straight or more!
better than lymon (lymon overdosed on heroine...)
?? what about frankie lymon
The Essex. Camp Lejeune marines. 1961.
enrique4203
The best of the BEST!!! I was not born at that time, but I wish
This is a great example of a great song by an under rated group.
t_heath
Anita had such a strong voice!!
jgdiehl
but where is she today?
Young Love Remember When
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN UNDERRATED GROUP, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID WITH THIS "WE BELONG TOGETHER". THEY SURE KNEW THE MEANING OF HARMONY!!!
I thought this song was fantastic! I was just a teen when this was published. A great song, and she had a super voice!!
You can pretty much tell a good song by the number of remakes made of it - this is a good song! Wasn't it Sam and Dave that did it also? or Don and Juan?
actually the person singing is a boy, buy yeah it does sound like girl, A movie was made about him, its called "why do fools fall in love" i thought it was a good movie.
N/G
Idon't want to "knock the rock"...but why don't you play the original song by the original artist that made it popular?
t_heath
This girl had one helluva' voice!
herecomes2mo r r o w
cool
check out TJ Lubinsky's show on Sirius Gold Wednesdays 9-11pm after Cousin Brucie.
rockyusmc
THESE guys really know how to harmonize. A bunch of kool Marines. Semper Fi
Easier said then done "dirty white gymn sneakers" plaid flared skirts and flip hair do's. I was to young to wear the style but I looked up to the gir's that did. All the while listening to the music and the Essex's were one of those groups in summer. You brought me back.

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