Larry Darnell | Public domain | tc195
Leo Edward Donald (Larry Darnell) was born on December 21, 1928 and died on July 3, 1983 of lung cancer, discovered after a severe beating. He was a pioneer of the New Orleans style of R&B in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He started off as a dancer in Burlesque, but by 1949 he was recording as a singer in New Orleans. By 1951 he had two successful singles under his belt and was known as “Mr Heart and Soul”. His recording “With Tears In My Eyes/I’ll Get Along Somehow” was issued on the Argo label. He appeared in the 1955 movie “Harlem Rock & Roll Revue”. He also sang lead vocal with another Argo group, The Fortunes, so I have appended a video of Larry Darnell singing with The Fortunes, whose lineup included Rico Jenkins and Ronnie Strong (Rico and Ronnie on Checker).