It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

The 5 Royales

The "5" Royales were a relatively unheralded, but significant, link between early R&B and early soul in their combination of doo wop, jump blues, and gospel styles. Their commercial success was relatively modest -- they had seven Top Ten R&B hits in the 1950s, most recorded in the span of little over a year between late 1952 and late 1953. A few of their singles would prove extremely popular in cover versions by other artists, though -- James Brown and Aretha Franklin tore it up with "Think," Ray Charles covered "Tell the Truth," and the Shirelles (and later the Mamas & the Papas) had pop success with "Dedicated to the One I Love." Almost all of their material was written by guitarist Lowman Pauling, who influenced Steve Cropper with his biting and bluesy guitar lines, which at their most ferocious almost sound like a precursor to blues-rock.

Pauling's guitar is pretty muted on their early sides, though, which sometimes walk the line between gospel and R&B. The gospel elements aren't surprising, given that the Royales were originally known as the Royal Sons Quintet when they formed in Winston-Salem, N.C. In fact, they were still known as the Royal Sons Quintet when they began recording for Apollo in the early '50s, although they had six members. They would change their name to the "5" Royales in 1952, although they would, confusingly, remain a six-man outfit for a while; the quotes around the 5 in their billing were designed to alleviate some of the confusion. The Apollo singles "Baby Don't Do It" and "Help Me Somebody" made number one on the R&B charts in 1953, and they had a few other hits for Apollo before being lured away to King Records in 1954.

Although the group would remain on King for the rest of the 1950s, they would only enter the R&B Top Ten two more times, with "Think" and "Tears of Joy" (both in 1957). Their later sides, however, are their best, as Pauling became much more assertive on the guitar, dashing off some piercing and fluid solos. Some of these solos are among the heaviest and wildest in '50s rock, on both relatively well-known cuts like "Think," and virtually unknown numbers like "The Slummer the Slum." Greil Marcus once wrote something to the effect that a young Eric Clapton would have once paid to hold Pauling's coat. They remained primarily a harmony vocal group, though, and if their late-'50s sides are considerably more modernized than their early Apollo hits, they're still a lot closer to doo wop than soul.

Even when their records weren't selling, the "5" Royales were a popular touring band. Their constant activity at King Records, in all likelihood, had some influence on the young James Brown, then starting his career on the same label; one of Brown's first big R&B hits was a frenetic cover of "Think." They couldn't sustain themselves without more hits, though. After leaving King and recording some more sides in the early '60s, they finally broke up by 1965. ~ Richie Unterberger
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: It's Hard But It's Fair: The King Hits And Rarities

1. My Wants For Love

3. I Can't Stand Losing You

4. Mohawk Squaw

5. One Mistake

6. I Need Your Lovin' Baby

7. Every Dog Has His Day

8. Women About To Make Me Go Crazy

9. Behave Yourself

10. Do Unto You

11. Mine Forevermore

12. I Ain't Getting Caught

13. I Could Love You

14. Say It

15. Think

16. The Feeling Is Real

17. The Slummer The Slum

18. Your Only Love

19. Tell The Truth

20. Dedicated To The One I Love

21. I Know It's Hard But It's Fair

22. Don't Give No More Than You Can Take

23. ( Something Moves Me ) Within My Heart

24. It Hurts Inside

25. Why

26. I'm With You

x

Track List: The Very Best Of The 5 Royales

1. Monkey Hips & Rice

2. I'm Gonna Run It Down

3. One Mistake

4. How I Wonder

5. I Need Your Lovin Baby

6. Women About To Make Me Go Crazy

8. Right Around The Corner

9. My Wants For Love

10. Come On & Save Me

11. Just As I Am

12. Mine Forevermore

13. 30 Second Lover

14. Tears Of Joy

15. Think

16. Dedicated To The One I Love

17. The Feeling Is Real

18. Tell The Truth

20. Your Only Love

21. The Slummer The Slum

22. Miracle Of Love

23. I Know It's Hard But It's Fair

24. I'm With You

25. Don't Give No More Than You Can Take

x

Track List: The Apollo Sessions

1. Baby Don't Do It

2. Laundromat Blues

3. Too Much Lovin'

4. Baby Take All Of Me

5. I Do

6. Courage To Love

7. Crazy Crazy Crazy

8. What's That

9. All Righty

10. You Know I Know

13. Cry Some More

14. I Am Thinking

16. With All Your Heart

17. Good Things

18. Help Me Somebody

19. Too Much Of A Little Bit

20. Give Me One More Chance

21. Six O'Clock In The Morning

22. I Like It Like That

x

Track List: The Five Royales

1. I Know It's Hard But It's Fair

2. Miracle Of Love

3. My Sugar Sugar

4. When You Walked In Through The Door

5. School Girl

6. Get Something Out Of It

7. Tell Me You Care

8. Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone

9. It Hurts Inside

10. Mine Forever

11. One Mistake

12. Women About To Make Me Go Crazy

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Girl i Love You......gre a t Words An Feelings tells it al
Report as inappropriate
kremit181
My name is nellie
Report as inappropriate
jlt689
Finally the group is getting more of the credit and recognition that they earned. April 18, 2015, they are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influencers.
Report as inappropriate
They are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence, whoever they are.
Report as inappropriate
Love this song it's smooth wish they could bring it back !!
Report as inappropriate
The Five Royals were really GREAT. Dedicated to the One I Love being their beat
Report as inappropriate
Love this song, absolutely love it. The words are beautiful...
Report as inappropriate
I like this group, classic R&B love songs, and an overall great sound. I especially like their song Right Around The Corner.
Report as inappropriate
I like this particular song "Miracle of Love". What a testament to the person one loves. I appreciate the lyrics. Nice.
Report as inappropriate
jackofshadow s
In the early 50s The Five Royales was certainly on my list of groups to listen to. Surprised to see the Laundramat Blues isn't on the Best Of album . . . or any album here. It was one of their best recordiings.

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[92, 97, 68, 92, 121, 82, 83, 77, 113, 122, 111, 75, 111, 66, 67, 101, 80, 76, 114, 82, 75, 111, 86, 82, 127, 95, 112, 86, 110, 98, 64, 76, 66, 110, 113, 117, 107, 116, 101, 78, 65, 89, 102, 82, 80, 69, 98, 88, 120, 72, 121, 77, 107, 102, 115, 96, 103, 114, 95, 113, 126, 80, 103, 106, 73, 101, 91, 107, 119, 107, 117, 106, 79, 124, 86, 74, 109, 72, 68, 99, 68, 70, 105, 89, 75, 87, 93, 87, 106, 100, 70, 126, 95, 106, 77, 64, 112, 96, 71, 119, 126, 123, 80, 79, 78, 102, 96, 74, 103, 84, 69, 101, 106, 116, 122, 124, 65, 124, 125, 121, 64, 105, 125, 71, 76, 95, 97, 75, 79, 86, 94, 117, 64, 124, 122, 122, 66, 100, 73, 91, 74, 84, 87, 118, 88, 82, 73, 111, 67, 96, 116, 104, 110, 123, 106, 86, 87, 71, 93, 127, 121, 70, 87, 65, 116, 111, 120, 124, 86, 74, 119, 114, 81, 96, 83, 67, 66, 104, 83, 114, 75, 117, 118, 104, 104, 116, 94, 86, 100, 64, 101, 84, 125, 86, 81, 103, 72, 123, 123, 101, 76, 78, 119, 94, 92, 97, 111, 110, 94, 68, 66, 113, 124, 102, 76, 88, 106, 82, 65, 123, 97, 65, 94, 100, 103, 88, 82, 117, 95, 118, 73, 110, 125, 98, 97, 74, 109, 105, 120, 94, 114, 94, 93, 118, 73, 69, 103, 119, 98, 85, 125, 73, 86, 102, 88, 79, 98, 64, 122, 97, 122, 105, 126, 66, 66, 126, 127, 121, 90, 108, 120, 79, 83, 80, 70, 108, 94, 64, 97, 92, 91, 81, 105, 104, 116, 108, 110, 103, 94, 121, 78, 93, 98, 87, 86, 81, 99, 96, 91, 84, 126, 94, 89, 82, 117, 116, 98, 101, 89, 108, 77, 64, 122, 76, 119, 82, 65, 113, 64, 105, 77, 124, 71, 118, 119, 124, 72, 118, 110, 117, 68, 107, 101, 127, 122, 88, 103, 77, 73, 123, 117, 90, 113, 123, 121, 93, 107, 84, 125, 94, 93, 124, 104, 116, 109, 94, 68, 85, 109, 112, 86, 70, 69, 80, 122, 73, 127, 93, 98, 97, 101, 113, 77, 65, 86, 76, 114, 74, 70, 109, 104, 83, 76, 124, 85, 108, 122, 72, 116, 91, 124, 106, 124, 73, 78, 103, 99, 69, 79, 102, 73, 84, 86, 110, 78, 107, 127, 91, 109, 111, 70, 111, 126, 126, 69, 75, 71, 77, 80, 112, 79, 76, 69, 84, 64, 112, 76, 68, 110, 77, 83, 101, 124, 122, 67, 121, 72, 71, 113, 68, 124, 104, 84, 73, 86, 124, 125, 106, 64, 94, 106, 108, 91, 101, 79, 81, 121, 95, 123, 75, 99, 109, 97, 97, 79, 105, 117, 75, 98, 111, 107, 89, 87, 118, 69, 92, 119, 89, 116, 105, 90, 92, 104, 114, 126, 104, 112, 109, 117, 103, 97, 85, 107, 116, 102, 80, 99, 65, 92, 104, 118, 88, 104, 113, 73, 118, 84, 106, 80, 96, 75, 70]