Monday, 24 August 2009

The Exciters ”Caviar & Chitlins” & ”Black Beauty”

The Exciters

”Caviar & Chitlins”
( LP RCA Records, 1969 )
Catalog # 1161636

1.Blowing Up My Mind
2.Give It All
3.Fight That Feelin’
5.You Don’t Know What You’re Missing
6.I Don’t Have To Worry
7.You Got Me
8.Movin’ Too Slow
9.If I Could See Into Tomorrow
10.A Year Ago
11.Turn Me On

Courtesy of Paros

The Exciters

”Black Beauty”
( LP Today Records, 1971 )

1.Life, Love & Peace
2.Just Think
3.I Can’t Give In
4.Learning How To Fly
5.Stay Right Here This Morning
6.Don’t Make You Just Feel Good
7.Leaving Him Tomorrow
8.Soul Sister Annie

Courtesy of King1

The Exciters originally comprised of:
Herb Rooney (b. 1941, New York City, New York, U.S.A.)
Brenda Reid (b. 1945)
Carol Johnson (b. 1945)
and Lillian Walker (b. 1945),
The Exciters were an American pop music group of the 1960s. They were originally a girl group, although a male member (Herb Rooney) was added later. The group consisted of lead singer Brenda Reid, her husband Herb Rooney, Carolyn Johnson and Lillian Walker.
From Wikipedia

Formed in 1961 in the Jamaica district of Queens, New York City, this aptly named group originally included Brenda Reid, Carol Johnson (b. 1945, USA, d. 7 May 2007), Lillian Walker and Sylvia Wilbur. The sister act to local doo wop quintet the Masters, the group was originally known as the Masterettes. Wilbur was replaced by Penny Carter and then the Masters’ Herb Rooney (b. New York City, New York, USA), the group’s sole male member. Changing their name to the Exciters, the quartet first came to prominence with the vibrant “Tell Him”, a US Top 5 hit in 1962 (also a hit in the UK for Billie Davis in 1963). Produced by Leiber And Stoller and written by Bert Berns (under his pseudonym Bert Russell), the single’s energy established the pattern for subsequent releases. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (later a hit by Manfred Mann) and “He’s Got The Power” took elements from both uptown soul and the all-female group genre, but later singles failed fully to exploit this powerful combination. The group had lesser hits with “I Want You To Be My Boy” (1965), a revival of “A Little Bit Of Soap” (1966) and “You Don’t Know What You’re Missing (Till It’s Gone)” (1969), but failed to recapture the verve of those first releases. They re-entered the UK charts in 1975 with the disco hit “Reaching For The Best”.
Ronnie Pace and Skip McPhee later replaced Johnson and Walker, while Rooney and Reid (who had married in 1967) had a minor 1978 hit as Brenda And Herb, releasing one album in 1979, In Heat Again. After separating from Rooney, Reid created a new line-up of the Exciters to tour the oldies circuit. The couple’s son, L.A. Reid, is a leading producer and label executive.

* Tell Him – 1963 (United Artists)
* The Exciters – 1965 (Roulette)
* Caviar & Chitlins – 1969 (RCA Victor)
* Black Beauty – 1971 (Today)
* Heaven Is Wherever You Are – 1976 (20th Century)
* The Exciters (1977)

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