The Whispers | 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits, Vol. One

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50th Anniversary Greatest Hits, Vol. One

by The Whispers

The legendary Whispers have covered 50 years of love songs in this first volume of their greatest hits.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Its a Love Thing
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2. Lets Go All the Way
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3. Make It With You
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4. Olivia Lost and Turned Out
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5. Cant Do Without Love
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6. A Song for Donny
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7. Imagination
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8. Lady
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9. Get It On
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10. Planets of Life
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11. Loves Calling
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12. And the Beat Goes On
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13. I Only Meant to Wet My Feet
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14. Up On Soul Train
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15. If You Feel Like Coming Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Whispers are a veteran R&B quintet with an impressive 50-year legacy of R&B hits. Formed in Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973 replaced by Leaveil Degree), The Whispers joined the Dore label in 1964 with "I Was Born When You Kissed Me." In 1969, the quintet climbed the soul charts for the first time with "The Time Has Come" on Soul Clock, and they cracked the R&B Top Ten the next year with "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong." They've remained hitmakers ever since for the labels Janus, Soul Train, and Solar, with smashes like the solid gold chart-topper "And the Beat Goes On" in 1980 and another number one urban contemporary hit, "Rock Steady," in 1987.

As a group who have recorded since the late '60s, the Whispers seemed to often be textbook journeyman who were one bum steer away from obscurity. Throughout the '70s they got their success by way of great tracks like 1970's anthem, "Gotta Do Wrong," and 1976's "Living Together (In Sin)." By the late '70s, the group had been maintaining a consistent following for some years. As Soul Train Records became Solar, the group and producer Dick Griffey finally attained a definable sound after much trial and error. The Whispers was their first big album effort. This starts off with "A Song for Donny," a song written by Carrie Lucas that serves as elegy to Donny Hathaway. The ballad, set to the melody of Hathaway's "This Christmas," is touching, apt, and believable. Their biggest hit was "And the Beat Goes On." A brilliant mix of disco's enthusiasm and synth-derived flash, it's proof that the Whispers got to the '80s faster than any of their contemporaries. Although the group is known for its dance tracks, they had equal success with ballads. The neoclassic "Lady," written by group member Nicholas Caldwell, features a smooth vocal from Wallace "Scotty" Scott. They were successful with many romantic arrangements and continued into the new millennium with "for Your Ears Only" on their independent label.


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Suvivors Rock

Old School
Our kids of today just don't understand. This group has been together 50 years can we say it again 50 years. I came up on their music and I'm 64 so you know I know.