Honey and the Bees

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Female vocal group Honey and the Bees were Nadine Felder White, Cassandra Ann Wooten, Jean Davis Sanders and Gwen (Oliver) Wesley. They originally recorded as “The Yum Yums” for ABC Paramount. Their then manager Jimmy Bishop renamed them in 1966. In 1970 the group left Jimmy Bishop and split; Gwen (Oliver) Wesley and Cassandra Ann Wooten joined Cheryl Mason Jacks to become disco music vocal group “The Ritchie Family” probably best known for the song “The best disco in town”.

Phil Upchurch

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Famous musician Phil Upchurch was born on 19 July 1941 and is still living. He is famous for his own recordings as well as for playing on so many recordings by other people including tracks by The Dells and Curtis Mayfield. Consequently he is featured on a number of Chess recordings. The photo is of him performing in Moscow with Jimmy Smith.

The Zeet Band

The Zeet Band were put together for a Moog synthesiser-oriented funk album and were understood to be Mike Bloomfield, Paul Beaver, Phil Upchurch, Donny Hathaway and Morris Jennings.

Phil Upchurch was born on 19 July 1941. Michael Bernard “Mike” Bloomfield was born on July 28, 1943 and died on February 15, 1981. Paul Beaver was born in 1926 and died on January 16, 1975. Donny Edward Hathaway was born on October 1, 1945 and died on January 13, 1979. Morris “Gator” Jennings is understood to be alive but no biographical details are currently available.

Archie Bell and The Drells

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Archie Bell and The Drells | Northern Soul Train | tc381

Archie Bell and The Drells were a Houston group who formed in 1966. Their first sides were recorded for Ovide Records of Houston, and were backed by the group the TSU Toronadoes. Among the titles recorded in their original sessions were “She’s my woman” (licenced to Chess) and “Tighten Up” (issued on Atlantic). The group line up was Archie Bell, James Wise, Willie Parnell and Billy Butler. Archie Bell was born on September 1, 1944.

McKinley Mitchell

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McKinley Mitchell | In Dangerous Rhythm | tc382

Rhythm and Blues singer McKinley Mitchell was born in Jackson, Miss., on December 25, 1934 and died in Chicago on January 18, 1986 of a heart attack. His first major success as a singer was in 1962.