The Whispers

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The Whispers
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresBoogie, soul, funk
Years active1964–present
LabelsSoul Clock
Janus
Solar
Capitol
Associated actsCollage
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersLeaveil Degree
Nicholas Caldwell
Wallace Scott
Walter Scott
Past membersMarcus Hutson (deceased)
Gordy Harmon
Jerry McNeil
 
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This article is about The Whispers, a vocal group from the U.S.. For the Australian band of this name, see Ray Brown & The Whispers. For the ABC TV Series, see The Whispers (TV series).
The Whispers
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresBoogie, soul, funk
Years active1964–present
LabelsSoul Clock
Janus
Solar
Capitol
Associated actsCollage
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersLeaveil Degree
Nicholas Caldwell
Wallace Scott
Walter Scott
Past membersMarcus Hutson (deceased)
Gordy Harmon
Jerry McNeil

The Whispers is a group from Los Angeles, California, with a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003,[1] and were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.[2] By popular vote, the group was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com in December 2012.[3]

Career[edit]

The Whispers formed in 1964 in Watts, California. The original members included twin brothers, Wallace "Scotty" and Walter Scott, along with Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson and Nicholas Caldwell. After Harmon injured his larynx in a driving accident in 1973, he was replaced by former Friends of Distinction member Leaveil Degree. Scotty Scott's fluid, melodic voice is featured on virtually all of their hits.

The group scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 with "And the Beat Goes On / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box". In 1987, they enjoyed a brief tenure in the Top 40 when "Rock Steady" became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100, reaching #7, while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart.

After a series of singles on Los Angeles label, Dore, the group signed to a small LA label, Soul Clock, run by producer Ron Carson, who was responsible for their breakthrough hit, "Seems Like I Got To Do Wrong" in 1970. Moving to the larger New York-based Janus label, they continued to be produced by Carson, before he sold all of his recordings to Janus with the group then recording mainly in Philadelphia in the mid '70s. Since that period, most of their studio work has been done in Los Angeles. Their most successful period was in the 1980s with SOLAR Records (Sound Of Los Angeles Records), which was operated by their manager at the time, Dick Griffey. The Whispers later established their own production company, Satin Tie Productions, through which they released their independent 2006 album "For Your Ears Only."

The group opened Game 2 of the 1989 World Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with their rendition of the National Anthem.

Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer. According to the Whispers' website, when Hutson died of it in 2000, they vowed to never replace him, and now perform as a quartet.

Jerry McNeil resigned his position as keyboardist in the latter part of 1993 in order to spend more time with his family. In 2014 The Whispers was inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame.

The Philadelphia soul songwriter team Allan Felder, Norman Harris, Bunny Sigler, and Ronnie Baker provided several of The Whispers' songs including "A Mother for My Children" and "Bingo".

The Whispers group members[edit]

The Whispers band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[5]US
certifications[6]
Record label
USUS
R&B
UK[7]
1972The Whispers' Love Story18634Janus
Life and Breath44
1973Planets of Life48
1974Bingo40
1976One for the Money18940Soul Train
1977Open Up Your Love6523
1978Headlights7722SOLAR
1979Whisper in Your Ear14628
The Whispers61Platinum
1980Imagination23342Gold
1981This Kind of Lovin'10015
Love Is Where You Find It351Gold
1983Love for Love372
1984So Good888
1987Just Gets Better with Time22363Platinum
1990More of the Night838GoldCapitol
1995Toast to the Ladies928
1997Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface27Interscope
2006For Your Ears Only88Kingdom
2009Thankful17225
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Holiday albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[5]Record label
USUS
R&B
1979Happy Holidays to You20150SOLAR
1982Happy Holidays to You (re-release)58
1994Christmas Moments42Capitol
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Live albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positionsRecord label
USUS
R&B
2007Live from Las VegasSatin Tie
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[5]Record label
USUS
R&B
1975Greatest Hits48Janus
1982The Best of the Whispers180SOLAR
1989Vintage Whispers
1990In the Mood
Greatest HitsUnidisc
199430th Anniversary AnthologySequel
1996Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 187SOLAR
1997Greatest Hits89
2000The Best of the WhispersEMI-Capitol
2001Early Gold & New SpinsPurple Pyramid
Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 2SOLAR
2002Best of the WhispersBMG Int'l
2003AnthologyThe Right Stuff
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positions[8]
USUS
R&B
US
A/C
US
Dance
UK[7][9]
1969"The Time Will Come"-19---
1970"Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong"506
"There's a Love for Everyone"11631
1971"Your Love Is So Doggone Good"9319
1972"Can't Help But Love You"11435
"I Only Meant to Wet My Feet"27
"Somebody Loves You"9445
1974"A Mother for My Children"923254
"Bingo"40
"What More Can a Girl Ask For?"60
"Where There Is Love"15
1975"In Love Forever"40
1976"One for the Money (Part 1)"88104
"Living Together (In Sin)"10121
1977"You're Only as Good as You Think You Are"91
"Make It with You"94101659
"I'm Gonna Make You My Wife"54
1978"(Let's Go) All the Way"10110
"(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out"13
1979"Can't Do without Love"43
"Homemade Lovin'"66
"A Song for Donny"21
1980"And the Beat Goes On"19112
"Lady"2834055
"My Girl"26
1981"It's a Love Thing"28249
"I Can Make It Better"1054044
"This Kind of Lovin'"1720
1982"In the Raw"10388
"Emergency"22
1983"Tonight"84418
"Keep on Lovin' Me"4
"This Time"1103281
1984"Contagious"105105956
1985"Some Kinda Lover"1061791
"Don't Keep Me Waiting"60
"Hello Stranger" (with Carrie Lucas)20
1987"And the Beat Goes On" (re-release)45
"Rock Steady"714938
"Special F/X"69
"Just Gets Better with Time"12
"In the Mood"16
1988"No Pain, No Gain"7481
1990"Innocent"553
"My Heart Your Heart"4
1991"Is It Good to You"7
"I Want 2B the 1 4U"58
1995"Make Sweet Love to Me"41
"Come on Home"60
1996"Caravan of Love" (with Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons)89
1997"My, My, My"73
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

Legacy[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Whispers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Whispers were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.

SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vocalgroup.org/inductees/the_whispers.html
  2. ^ http://www.rhythm-n-blues.org/awards_2008.php
  3. ^ http://www.soulmusic.com/halloffame
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geghe6M0oXY
  5. ^ a b c "The Whispers US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "The Whispers US albums certification history". riaa.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  7. ^ a b "The Whispers UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  8. ^ "The Whispers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  9. ^ BMRB Chart May 1974 Top 50 plus Top 10 Breakers

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