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Enchantment

The smooth and melodious soul group Enchantment was active by the late '60s, but waited ten years for popular success with the Top 40 hit "Gloria." Formed in 1967 at Pershing High School in Detroit -- with members including Emanuel "E.J." Johnson, Joe Thomas, Dave Banks, Ed "Mickey" Clanton, and Bobby Green -- the group obtained their first recording contract, in addition to $500, by winning first place in a 1969 talent contest sponsored by local radio station WCHB.

In 1970, Enchantment joined forces with Artists International, a talent development agency for up-and-coming artists (founded by renowned manager Dick Scott). While with Artists International, Enchantment began to hone their craft, concentrating on stage presence, choreography, and expanding their theatrical talents by performing in numerous musical plays around the city. Enchantment became acquainted with their producer-to-be, Michael Stokes, in 1973 while performing at a local nightclub (Stage One). Through this union, they recorded a movie score on Polydor Records in 1974 entitled Deliver Us from Evil, which was released in 1975.

By 1976, Enchantment had signed with the Roadshow label and recorded their self-entitled debut album. The first single to ride the charts for the fledgling group was "Come On and Ride." Later that year, the charismatic showmen received national acclaim with the release of their second single, "Gloria." Written and arranged by dynamic lead singer E.J. Johnson, "Gloria" became a smash, and was one of the most popular songs of 1976-1977. They followed it up with another hit, "Sunshine," from the same album.

The self-contained group entered the studio in the fall of 1977, and recorded their second album, Once Upon a Dream. Their third consecutive number one single, "It's You That I Need," reigned for a solid four weeks. It was followed by "If You're Ready (Here It Comes)," also a Top Ten single.

Enchantment continued their hit-making ways in the late '70s with a string of hits: "Where Do We Go from Here," "Forever More," "Moment of Weakness," "Enchanted Lady." Their popularity faded not long after, but the group continued to perform regionally as well as around the nation. ~ Craig Lytle
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Track List: The Best Of Enchantment

1. If You're Ready (Here It Comes)

2. It's You That I Need

3. Sunshine

4. Gloria

5. Dance To The Music

6. My Rose

7. Thank You Girl For Loving Me

8. Come On And Ride

9. Sunny Shine Feeling

10. You Must Be An Angel / Up Higher

11. Hold On

12. Silly Love Song

13. Trying To Get Over (With You)

14. Where Do We Go From Here / Journey

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I love this group the D put out great music
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Its you that I need baby
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Always from intrigued by their music and voices
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This takes me back OLD SCHOOL!!
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Wow Reminds Me Of My Husband Rip Me This Was Our Songs Thanks Babe For The Memories... Love Ya
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Yes song of the season
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Ain't it funny how time can change the way u feel
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BRIGHT AS THE SUN WANNA HAVE SOME FUN
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Yes
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I MISS YOU STANLEY GERSHON SR
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Just don't make music like this anymore. Much love Enchantment
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It's you that I need ...
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I MISS YOU STANLEY GERSHON SR YOU WERE MY SUNSHINE
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RIP STANLEY GERSHON REST IN PARADISE STANLEY GERSHON I LOVE YOU
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I love it
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I love in that song so much.my baby. Rico.
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Love it it
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BEAUTIFUL, THIS IS THE BEST SONG THAT ENCHANTMENT EVER SUNG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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One word ENCHANTMENT! THE BEST TO EVER DO IT!
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Oh yeah his ability to hit it on point I love the brother I met him a few years back very humble Brother!!!
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E J Johnson has a unique and different voice that's like magic
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Its you that I need
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I was 11going ON12 my mother and older sisters played there music i was hooked never forgot them they had a cut that many wasnt familiar with called my rose they are truly one of my favorites the top five in my book the harmony vocals was tight these boys are truly boss bad yes sirr love em
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BRIGHT AS THE SUN..WANNA HAVE SOME FUN
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rcoleman1714
I LOVE THIS GROUP SO MUCH..THEY HAVE 5 CUTS ON ONE ALBUM WHO DOES THAT..SANGIN G THIS IS WHAT THIS IS..NO ONE CAN SANG AS A GROUP NOW A DAYS..IT'S JUST USELESS OUT HERE ON THE LOVE DUSTIES..
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Its you that need
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Nothing like it . Sweet. The real deal
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Old school ! Never like it . Sweet. The real deal
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Beautiful music
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SMOOTH
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lizabdiaz
You that I need my heart is full of richest
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I loooooove this song
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Oh my goodness!!! Real basement music with the blue. ...
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jpsterling.j b that's hilarious I use to do the same thing sing into the fan!�� yes ole school for sure!
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I would close my eyes. ..sing this song into the fan ! Lmao yall know what I'm talking about ! Lol old school people.
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
Crisp clear sound
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On of my favorite groups
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Enchantment one of the greatest so groups of their error
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This one of my favorite groups ever never will music sound as pure don't this just sound clear
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#OLDSCHOOLGR O O V E I T S Y O U T H A T I N E E D ` s o u n d i n g good!!!!!!!! !
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Enchantment turn out hit after hit.
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Enchantment will be performing in February 2016, at THE BEACON THEATRE here in New York city on Valentine's Day. .
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What you know about this???. .GOOD MUSIC
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Real music!
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THE s-l-o-w GRIND RECORD ! IN DAYTON,OHIO
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This is real music! So blessed to have enjoyed it'
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Love this song it's something special ......
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Can't get any better then that
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The enchantment jams it's you that a need. So smooth and sexy
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People around the country have the belief that Berry Gordy cornered the market on talent in Detroit for Motown. Actually he didn't. Enchantment was one of several groups he didn't sign to Motown. While Gloria was the hit the nation knew best, they had several B side hits especially among Detroit fans. And they received airplay on WCHB not from payola (they were too broke to pay for play:); they earned it with a great sound that in it's day was hard to compete against.
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