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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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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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I love the dance steps and on stage suits
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They don't make music like this anymore. That's a damn shame ! Great song !!!
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I remember this song in summer camp in the PJ'S BROOKLYN ,TILDEN house's
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What a great song, I must of been 7yrs. Old!
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1st time I heard this song was on the last track of the 1st Psycho Realm album as an outtro...phe n o m e n a l song & used to its fullest potential in hip hop. Word up to Big Duke & Sick Jack on this one.
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This song is truly one of the greatest songs of the 70's, and I FEEL SOOO PRIVILEDGE that I was apart that generation when songs really meant something, not just words you throw together, BUT REALLY AND TRULY IS A SONG FROM THE HEART.
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Timeless Classic for those who don't know that this was True R&B Music back in the day, I was raised on this and all types of music like this...Great Love song I Love it...Beings back memories as a kid!
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timeless
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I love this song
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The mood I'm going through right now the song I destroyed your love is perfect
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I'm so GAY with this Rola... It reminds me of my days in the pinta.
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Love it me and Rico.��
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Love this song
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Jamming to this timeless music in a good relaxed mood
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One of The Friends of Distinction famous song beautifully done!!!!!
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Love this song
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going in circles..... t i m e l e s s
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Classic song love it (friends of distinction) .
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Still Love Them Oldies
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hlore58
What's great about Pandora is that it is like a DJ on the radio --the element of surprise of hearing a favorite song -that thrill-.but all the songs are what I like, one after another! :-)))
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hlore58
INSTANT GOOD MOOD!!
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lizabdiaz
Going in circles that's a jam
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bppoll
Remember this song and someone I cared for who loved it.
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Some good oldies to ease the mind.
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Yes it going in circles awesome song to
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Moms cleaning and " puffin " Thai stick you know that stuff that's tidied to a slick
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The �� I grow up on
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Slow and ez
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nrjr2005
Stress free tunes all the way hit after hit
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That's a good music.
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this is my f**kin jamm free me ill be out soon
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tonya_invest o r
Over youuuuu, love this song
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I needcha bayyyyybeh!
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love them Oldies
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These were the best days and memorable times in my life. I love the 60's,70's and 80's music and Jazz! Rodney Turner
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jackiewallac e 3 5
Yes sir the bomb diggity
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Bring back soioooo many memory
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He'll yeah !
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I can relate to the lyrics. Even though the words are depressing and reference heart break, I think artists were way more gifted and in with the truth. If you can't relate to the good and the then you still have some living to do.
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This song take me back to my really happy teenage years. Love it!
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Going In Circles...lo v e old school.
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The only group of the era of 1960 that I really love, the friends of distinction the really bring a lot of memories for me.
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Firme rolas 805 style qvole
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Where are they now, PLEASE bring them back
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gfoster55102
This is great music
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My music that I will always love
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Now this is real music and all you hip hoppers ought to listen and take notes
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This is a bad a** song☺��
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I love their music good songs from the 1969 era, what a year.
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now this is the song
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