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The Escorts

The Escorts literally tried to sing their way out of Rahway State Prison (NJ). All seven -- Reginald Haynes, Lawrence Franklin, Robert Arrington, William Dugger, Stephen Carter, Frank Heard, and Marion Murphy, with assistance from producer/writer/singer George Kerr -- were serving time for various felonies and somehow hooked up with Kerr who was allowed to bring recording equipment into the slammer, which accounts for the less than sterling quality of their tracks; Kerr recorded the Escorts in prison then sweetened the tracks on the outside.

The project lasted from 1973 to 1974 and resulted in five singles, the first, "All We Need Is Another Chance, Pts. 1 & 2," written by Kerr, was tailored for them. The Alithia Records release reminds you of Kerr's productions on the Whatnauts, but not nearly as sharp, though the Escorts multi-man (seven singers) lineup provided for a full harmony sound. The record saw airtime in Jersey, New York, Philly, Virginia, Maryland, and a few other locales, mostly along the East Coast, but it never really broke. But just recording and having record releases gave the Escorts tons of hope.

Kerr chose the remake route for singles two and three. "Look Over Your Shoulder" b/w "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" didn't cut the mustard; Kerr had already cut a far superior version of the A-side on the O'Jays for Bell Records a few years earlier. The Escorts closed out 1973 with two more Kerr productions previously done by the O'Jays: "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow" b/w "I'm So Glad I Found You"; once again, the originals reigned supreme.

Kerr, who sung with the Serenaders, usually managed at least one R&B Top 20 hit with everybody he produced, but never could get the Escorts that high on the charts. Prior to working with them, he enjoyed success with the Moments, Linda Jones, the Whatnauts, Barbara English, and others. Alithia issued one more single the summer of 1974 entitled "Lets Make Love at Home" (arguably one of their finest), but the results were the same -- a lot of promise, but it charted low and royalties never materialized. An album, 3 Down 4 to Go, dropped in 1973 and Collectables Records released a CD All We Need Is Another Chance in 1994; subsequent CDs', The Best of the Escorts (Sequel Records) and Prisoners of Soul (Priority Records) are fine efforts. Some of the Escorts best (unreleased as singles) songs are on these compilations and the digitally remastered compact disks are far superior to the original vinyl releases.

Franklin and Arrington resurrected the Escorts in 1981 for an unsuccessful two-single run. With new Escorts -- George Byles, James Green, Frank Harris, and Grover Troutman -- they cut "Love Is Like a Dream" b/w "Make Me Over Lord" and "Heart of Gold" b/w "Sing a Happy Song" on Knockout Records. Reginald "Reggie" Haynes, the Escorts' original lead singer, embarked on a solo career that fizzled quick; his "Get Ready to Move" b/w "I'll Be Sweeter Than Yesterday" on Escort Records bombed in 1986. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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tyhesia74
Ohhh yess!!! I love these guys!!! Yess!
I loved when I have a date ,after awhile they would start to cry,.
I always wondered why the Escorts had a unique sound of constant echo, not realizing they recorded every song while incarcerated . I am amused and amazed to this day. #Unsung and a bio would be GREAT! I'd love to hear their stories....
Lets learn more about the Escorts on unsung
Wow what a story, I was not aware that the escorts were locked up when they recorded. This is a Hollywood story in the making. I wonder what they are doing now.
Yes
j2walsh2002
Cali here lovin those boyssss and all the groups like em. If guys were like this these days us women would have it going on like we did back then. I'm sure there is some of them out there, we just don't know where ya at :-) PEACE to all my generation of people in this day and age.
I am dc native and the escorts were also large in the dmv .had an opportunity several years back to see them at ft DuPont and the tore it up.i have escort station on my Pandora and at the car wash or the park or cook out you have to listen to them
The Escorts were big in my hood
The escorts I wish I could look over my shoulder to see all the original singers. You all sang the hell out of that song. If I had the power you all would havevsang your way out of that prison pronto. Love you guys, and thanks for the memories, you all were awesome, old school is the best.
classic
This is one beautiful song.
Ditto2014

Look over your shoulder, standing close by...
Never heard this group until now. Love their sound. ' WERE ARE THEY NOW? RQ/rlh
seguin5
Smokey Robinson song ooh baby baby was the best I ever heard, until I heard it by the Escorts! Love their music! Would love to hear more music by them.
I remember this jam! I was blown away when my dad's correction officers friend told us these brothers were in the State Pen in NJ! They were the bomb! I would listen to this all day!
Those who bite shall be bitten
Those who never bite shall be
Cased to the wayside.10.4 k * 9 7 8 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
nlcordova20
The best love song " EVER"....
Here is another one of the best groups to ever sing LOVE songs RASHON IBN ALMUHYI newark, n.j.
Look over ur shoulder youll find me!!
sweet sweet soul
Old stool thursday's chill n with Escorts.... that goods!!!
soonskiez1
GANgStER s**t
They were hot music with Luv wow
In comment to your bio on The Escorts, I disagree with saying their albums bombed. I lived on the West Coast and they were played on the radio.
wanna hear im so proud
tyrandadavis
music during my journey..... g o o d times , memories

1424067797
..but if somehow u can forgive me..
Their best song
I Just Love that song! Look over your shoulder.
BUT IF SOMEHOW U CAN FORGIVE ME!!
One of my favorites song's in Life
Look over your shoulder is our Jamm! My husband that I fell In love with sang this song to me an that was the icing on the cake. 16 yrs married an still I look over my shoulder n he still is their....
Ilove this song
You are the king
You go
You are the man
Luv what you do Pandora
Your songs is sodeep
Im right hete.. luvn it Pandora.
LOOK OVER UR SHOULDER YOU'LL FIND ME!!
ninowhite50
I love old skool. When music was music. People were really in love...
Love this song:)
Ooh wee these vatos sing from my heart
Reminds me of them sets I went too in the 70s
Dope. Cutt!
Man this song reminds me when I lived on 14th. Ave good oh days. Sha_-_____Sh a
Love this song, the Escorts version is just a little sweeter
that's real classic music with meaning.
I love them old mu d's ic
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