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The Friends Of Distinction

Known most for their pop smash "Grazing in the Grass," the Friends of Distinction were founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler and included Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Jean Love, as well as later member Charlene Gibson, who replaced Love during her pregnancy. Elston and Butler's involvement in music entailed several groups, including the Hi-Fi's. When that group disbanded in 1966, Elston and Butler recruited Cleaves and Love for their next endeavor. Initially, Elston came up with Distinctive Friends as a name, but Love suggested reversing the words to Friends of Distinction.

After polishing their act for a few months during 1968, the Friends of Distinction hit the local tour circuit in Los Angeles. With well-developed talent and the support of a well-known manager, former football great Jim Brown, the group signed with RCA. In 1969, the group released its first single, "Grazing in the Grass." Originally recorded by famed trumpeter Hugh Masekela (Elston wrote the lyrics to Masekela's trumpet lead), the song became a smash hit. It graced the Billboard R&B chart for 17 weeks and peaked at number five, while it reached number three on the Hot 100. The second release, "Going in Circles," climbed to number three on the R&B chart during a 19-week stay.

"Love or Let Me Be Lonely," "Time Waits for No One," and "I Need You" also charted for the group, though none was as rewarding as the group's first two hits. The group also encountered some personnel changes following the early success. Love departed, as did Cleaves, who joined Earth, Wind & Fire (and later worked with Parliament-Funkadelic and Raw Silk, among others). When Elston and Butler opted to call it quits over differences, the Friends of Distinction had seven albums to their credit, all of which were released on RCA. After several years apart, Elston and Butler overcame their differences, but Butler died of a heart attack in 1990. Later in the decade, Elston re-formed the group with Pattie Brooks, Van Jewel, and Drake Frye as his fellow performers. Cleaves died after a stroke in 2014. ~ Craig Lytle
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Highly Distinct

1. It's Just A Game Love - (From the MGM Production "The Split")

2. We Got A Good Thing Goin'

3. Workin' On A Groovy Thing

4. It's A Wonderful World

5. It's Sunday

6. Why Did I Lose You?

7. Light My Fire

8. This Generation

9. Let Yourself Go

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Track List: Grazin'

1. Grazing In The Grass

2. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

3. I Really Hope You Do

4. (A) Sweet Young Thing Like You

5. Going In Circles

6. Eli's Comin

7. Help Yourself (To All My Lovin')

8. Baby, I Could Be So Good At Loving You

9. And I Love Him

10. Peaceful

11. Lonesome Mood

12. Impressions

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Track List: Grazin'-Highly Distinct

1. Grazing In The Grass

2. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

3. I Really Hope You Do

4. (A) Sweet Young Thing Like You

5. Going In Circles

6. Eli's Comin

8. Baby, I Could Be So Good At Loving You

9. And I Love Him

10. Peaceful

11. Lonesome Mood

14. We Got A Good Thing Goin'

15. Workin' On A Groovy Thing

16. It's A Wonderful World

17. It's Sunday

18. Why Did I Lose You

19. Light My Fire

20. This Generation

21. Let Yourself Go

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Track List: The Best Of Friends Of Distinction

1. Grazing In The Grass

2. I Really Hope You Do

3. Crazy Mary

4. It Don't Matter To Me

5. Love Or Let Me Be Lonely

6. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

7. Dying To Live

8. Going In Circles

9. I Need You

10. Long Time Coming My Way

11. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)

12. Jenny Wants To Know

13. Love Can Make It Easier

14. And I Love Him

15. Check It Out

16. Down I Go

17. I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

18. Lonesome Mood

19. Time Waits For No One

20. Great Day

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almabluebird
Yes indeed Lord my Soul
Help !!! Oh oh round round I go
Yes yes
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I know that's right!!!
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So real... can you dig it baby!!!
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mladylovebug
Timeless million memories
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Bring back great memories
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Lieing to the Women of the moment.mind spun out.coudnt help my self.
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im spun out over u I N££D ¥OU BAB¥
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Lupe remember this song we love this one remember Greoge Nunez he Loved did song well bady love always. Frenchie ❤️❤️❤️��⚔️⚔️
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I love love love this song!!!!
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My mind keeps going in circles since I lost you 11 months on 2/9/17 babe. It feels like it was only yesterday that I lost you forever. My heart still hurts , I need you baby!! Till then!!
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Lupe remember this song we dance to it all night at your cousins house . Alway love gril❤️��The staint e-mail me look in Facebook for address or in my pendaror radio ok love till them! ��❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ f o r e v e r !
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amazing memories. very sweet.
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Smooth so smooth..
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This is in my top three of all time for me love it freaking outstanding
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When I came back from Vietnam I was in love ,but a short time later she left and too the this day, I still love her when I hear this song
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WHAT EVER HAPPENED 2 ALL OF U. PLEASE COME BACK. U R MISSED
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You got me going around and around don't know where to go great. Music
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We will never hear this beautiful music again awesome!! ��
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hlore58
Fantastic! Puts me in an immediate good mood!
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There never be nothing like old school music you gotta love it
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Was this song in movie : DEAD

PRESIDENTS ?
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When u not over someone and u hear this song it kills u even more
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Got me going in circles, classics!
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That takes me back!
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So nice good memories
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Classic
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all I can is "Timeless"
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Reminds me of the living in projects and quarter socials ...
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Human Hamster wheels aren't fun! Reality feels much better, positive change makes positive change! Life happens! Learn from it & grow!!!!!
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A straight kick- Going In Circles.
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I'm spun out over you ricky love you baby I'll never forget you come back home lets start all over we can make it work
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Round and round I go

Give thanks while you spin so fast

How sweet life can be
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This was the jam back in the day don don Reese stlouis
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Real soul music
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That's.. that Those were the days! #cnudigit
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This is my song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I can hear my sisters and me singing this, HARMONY.
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Freaking love this!!
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This is what real music use to be wont change it for nothing in the world
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The 2016-2017Fri e n d s - o f - D i s t i n c t i o n . R e p l a c e s .....then... . w i t h NOW ! Circles ......round of those GOING "ELITE!".... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Love it
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Feel good music.
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Omg bring me back to the good ole days best music ever
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Reminds me of family picnics, my Dad (Joe...miss you)!!
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One of the best songs ever
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Beautiful Classic Sounds that's very timeless...
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The truth...
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Going in circles baby making music even today
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Going in circles is never ending. You will never stop just keep Hope alive.
Keep smiling...
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** If You Can't Be With The One You Love ******
Love The One You're With! **
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Going in circles ,round and round over you. I need you baby always till we meet again!!!!! :'( :'(
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