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Persians

Like Rodney Dangerfield as Baltimore/D.C. area groups go, the Persians got no respect, despite cutting seven singles on ABC-Paramount, GWP, GWP Grapevine, and Capitol Records. They were a soulful quintet from Baltimore similar to the Persuaders ("Thin Line Between Love and Hate"), who dressed up their rather mundane stage outfits with smarmy turbans. The members were James Ellis (first tenor), Leroy Priester (baritone), Freddie Lewis (bass), James Harlee (baritone), and William June Brown (second tenor); Louis Crawley replaced Brown in 1971. Although some of their releases have surfaced on compilation CDs (e.g., GWP NYC TCB), to date there has not been an entire CD of the Persians' tracks.

"Too Much Pride," their debut on ABC Paramount, released in the summer of 1968, is their most memorable recording. They toured the DJ circuit, doing little television shows at odd hours to promote the record. Turbans (usually the only piece of clothing they wore that matched) and hard passionate singing were the group's trademarks. A second ABC single in 1968, "I Only Have Eyes for You," a remake of the standard defined by the Flamingoes, flopped. The summer of 1969 found them on GWP Records for "Here It Comes" b/w "I Don't Know How." In early 1970, they cut a single on GWP Grapevine entitled "I Can't Take It Anymore" b/w "Detour"; both GWP recordings were abject failures. One last shot on Capitol Records from 1971-1972 certainly wasn't the charm. Three singles -- "Your Love" b/w "Keep on Moving," "I Want to Go Home" b/w "Baby Come Back Home," and "I Won't Cry for You Anymore" b/w "Give Me a Little Time" -- found no takers, and the Persians put the sleek Turban head adornments away for good. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: GWP - NYC - TLC Vol 2

1. Detour

4. Go Away

5. Never Gonna Let Him Know

6. I Don't Care What He's Done

7. All In My Mind

8. Good To Me (As I Am To You)

9. You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)

10. Changes

13. Here It Comes

14. So Much In Love

15. How Long Can This Last

17. Never Give Up On Love

19. Stop

21. I Won't Be Such A Fool Anymore

22. Yes I'm Ready

23. Don't Let Your Mind Go Wild

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Track List: Cameo Parkway (1957-1967)

Disc 1

1. Butterfly

2. Fabulous

3. Race For Time

5. You're The Greatest

6. Over The Weekend

7. Night Time

8. Memory Lane

9. Silhouettes

10. Daddy Cool

11. Back To School Again

12. The Class

13. Bad Motorcycle

14. Shake A Hand

15. Dinner With Drac Part 1

16. Mexican Hat Rock

18. Birds N' Bees

19. Two Weeks With Pay

20. Rocka-Conga

21. Kissin' Time

22. We Got Love

23. The Twist

24. Wild One

25. Swingin' School

26. Pony Time

27. Teach Me To Twist

28. Let's Twist Again

29. Bristol Stomp

30. The Wah-Watusi

Disc 2

1. Slow Twistin' (Feat. Dee Dee Sharp)

2. Mashed Potato Time

3. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)

4. Don't Hang Up

5. Ride!

6. Do The New Continental

7. The Popeye Waddle

8. Limbo Rock

9. The Cha-Cha-Cha

10. Volare

11. Sweet Georgia Brown

12. One More Time Back To School

13. I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain

14. Rowdy

15. Forget Him

16. Mother Please!

17. Come On And Dance With Me

18. Groovy Baby

19. The Jam Part 1

20. You Can't Sit Down

21. South Street

22. Everybody South Street

23. Do The Bird

24. Not Me

25. Crossfire!

26. (Everybody Do) The Swim Pt. 1

27. The 81

28. Daydreamin' Of You

29. The Boy With The Beatle Hair

30. Jingle Bell Rock

Disc 3

1. So Much In Love

2. Wonderful! Wonderful!

3. I'll Be True

4. When We Get Married

5. Somewhere

6. Hey Good Lookin'

7. Just One Chance

8. You'll Never Walk Alone

9. Danny Boy

10. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

11. It Only Took A Minute

13. Boys

15. Funny How Love Can Be

16. Tossing & Turning

17. She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man

18. Wild Thing

19. Little White House

20. Fool, Fool, Fool

22. Society Girl

23. Soldier Baby Of Mine

24. S.O.S. (Heart In Distress)

26. Heartaches Away My Boy

27. Got To Run

28. My Boy

Disc 4

1. Angel Of The Morning

2. The Love Of A Boy

3. This Can't Be True

4. World Of Fantasy

5. Come Back

6. Am I A Loser (From The Start)

7. Danger! She's A Stranger

8. Meet Me In Church

9. You've Been Untrue

10. Get A Hold Of Yourself

11. He Don't Really Love You

13. The Grass (Will Sing For You)

14. I (Who Have Nothing)

15. Beg, Borrow And Steal

16. 96 Tears

19. Can't Get Enough Of You Baby

20. Respect

21. Shake Your Tambourine

22. Let The Good Times Roll & Feel So Good

24. Lovey Dovey-You're So Fine

25. Sock It To Me Santa

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Track List: Masters Of Soul: George Kerr - Singles & Rarities, Vol. 2

1. Boy (Please Help Me)

2. Count To Ten

3. The Picture Became Quite Clear

4. How Can I Get Over A Fox Like You

5. I Don't Know How (To Fall Out Of Love)

6. Here It Comes

7. Too Much Pride

8. Let's Prove Them Wrong

9. Never Gonna Let Him Know

10. Loving You

11. Love Is An Itching In My Heart

12. Pigtails

13. I Wanna Know Right Now

14. Got To Find A New Love

15. Just Another Guy (On A String)

16. Baby Baby Please

17. My Queen Of Hearts

18. Old Man Soul

19. Look Over Your Shoulder

20. I Wish It Were Me

21. Have No Second Thoughts

22. Give It Up

23. Girl I'll Always Love You

24. Seeing Is Believing

25. Look What You Took

26. I Have A World Of Love

27. Because You're Funky

28. No Words

29. I Wasn't There

30. I Can't Stand To See You Cry

31. Give Him Up

32. Instigating (Trouble Making Fool)

33. I Don't Know If I Can Make It

34. Can't Live Without You

35. One Last Memory

36. You Found My Weak Spot

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