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The Esquires

The Esquires were a vocal group from Milwaukee, WI, formed in 1957 at the height of the R&B vocal boom. Gilbert Moorer, his brother Alvis, and sister Betty were children of a musical family; their father had sung in a gospel group called the Friendly Five, while their mother played piano. Gilbert, Alvis, and Betty Moorer were in high school when they formed the Esquires in 1957.

During the Esquires' early years in Milwaukee, they saw many people pass through their lineup. Some key members joined and remained, including Sam Pace in 1961 and, four years later, Shawn Taylor. During this same period, however, Betty Moorer departed the group. By 1966, the Esquires -- Gilbert Moorer, Alvis Moorer, Sam Pace, and Shawn Taylor -- felt ready to try for a record deal and the chance at a national career. The group moved to Chicago, where they first tried without success to interest Curtis Mayfield -- then trying to run the Windy C and Mayfield labels -- in giving them a chance to record.

Several more approaches to other producers finally led them to Bill "Bunky" Sheppard, who owned a small Chicago label called Constellation, which had recorded Gene Chandler and Nolan Chance, among others. Sheppard not only liked the Gilbert Moorer song "Get On Up," that they had recorded as a demo, but liked the group. His interest resulted in a hook-up with a new voice, in the person of Millard Edwards, a bass singer already in the Constellation stable.

It was Sheppard's intention to record the Esquires on Constellation, on their own single and backing Edwards on one of his records, but the failure of the latter single, coupled with the collapse of Constellation late in 1966, made for some changes. The first was a shift to the Bunky label, which Sheppard salvaged out of the wreckage of Constellation, and the second was the addition of Millard Edwards to their lineup.

The Esquires debut single, "Get on Up," finally appeared on the Bunky label, distributed nationally by New York-based Scepter Records. "Get on Up" was a huge success, soaring to number three on the R&B charts and number 11 as a pop single. Suddenly, the Esquires, who'd spent ten years preparing for this moment, were one of the hotter R&B vocal groups of 1967.

"Get on Up" completed the transition of the Esquires from a local to a national act. They played venues that included the Regal Theater in Chicago and the Apollo in New York. In the process, they also lost Shawn Taylor, whom Sheppard regarded as unreliable for his late arrival to some shows. In October of 1967, the Esquires issued a follow-up recording, "And Get Away" (also written by Gilbert Moorer), which charted at number 22 and number nice, pop and R&B, respectively. With this second hit under their belts, the group's debut (and only) LP followed as a matter of course, cut for Bunky Records. March of 1968 saw the group's third single, "You Say," get to number 41 on the R&B charts, and, three months later, "Why Can't I Stop" charted at number 48 (R&B).

At the end of 1968, following the release of their fifth single, the Esquires left Bunky Records and signed directly with Scepter, which placed the group on its Wand imprint. Their next two singles, "You've Got the Power" and "I Don't Know," reached numbers 29 and 37 on the R&B charts, respectively.

They left Scepter after one year and were back with Bunky Sheppard beginning in 1969, before jumping briefly to Capitol in 1970 for one single ("Reach Out"). More lineup changes took place that year, as Millard Edwards left and Shawn Taylor returned to the Esquires. The group made another run up the charts on Lamarr Records with "Girls in the City," which got to number 18 in 1971.

The Esquires were absent from the charts for the next five years, but they continued performing. In 1976, they re-cut their biggest hit as "Get on Up '76," which managed to chart, closing out their recording career. For the next two decades, the Esquires were exclusively a performing act, based in Milwaukee where they started out, with new members periodically coming in to work alongside Gilbert and Alvis Moorer.

In 1992, the group's two biggest hits, "Get on Up" and "And Get Away," appeared on Capricorn Records' The Scepter Records Story. In 1998, England's Westside label released the CD Get on Up and Get Away, a comprehensive retrospective containing most of their singles (including all of the hits) from various labels, and highlights from the album of that name. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 25 Beach Music Classics

1. I Love Beach Music

3. Whispers (Gettin' Louder)

4. It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

5. Cool Jerk

7. Hello Stranger

8. Work With Me Annie

9. Get On Up

10. With This Ring

11. Hey! Baby

12. I'm Gonna Miss You

13. Untie Me

14. Gimme Little Sign

15. Backfield In Motion

16. The Cheater

17. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

18. Love Makes The World Go Round

19. Come To Me Softly

20. In A Moment

22. Color Him Father

23. Give Me Just A Little More Time

24. Brenda

25. Build Me Up Buttercup

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Track List: Beach Music Sound: 25 More Classic Hits

1. It Will Stand

2. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart

3. Harlem Shuffle

4. I've Got Sand In My Shoes

5. I Love You 1000 Times

6. It Won't Be This Way (Always)

7. Love Makes A Woman

8. At The Top Of The Stairs

9. I've Been Hurt

10. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

11. Ms. Grace

12. Hold Back The Night

14. I Get The Sweetest Feeling

15. (You've Got Me) Dangling On A String

17. I'm Your Puppet

18. Oogum Boogum Song

19. You're No Good

20. Nothing Can Stop Me

21. Make Me Yours

22. And Get Away

23. Too Late To Turn Back Now

24. Come Go With Me

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Track List: Dancing Till Dawn

1. Last Minute Miracle

5. One In A Million

10. Love, It's Getting Better

11. Get On Up

12. Desiree

15. The Work Song

17. Ain't That Peculiar

18. Stop Sign

19. Ain't No Soul ( Left In These Ole Shoes )

22. You Busted My Mind

23. Love Is A Good Foundation

25. I Don't Have A Mind Of My Own

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Track List: The Real Sound Of Chicago

Disc 1

2. Love So New

4. Too Far Gone

7. Don't Touch It

Disc 2

2. Happy Baby

5. Bass Come Back

7. What Good Is Music

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Track List: The Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street, Manchester 1963-71

1. Turn On Your Lovelight

2. Do The 45

3. Dance What You Wanna

4. Get Down With It

5. At The Party

6. Road Runner

7. Jenny Take A Ride!

8. Smacksie

11. Fortune Teller

12. A Certain Girl

13. Searchin'

14. Cry To Me

15. I Love The Way You Love

16. Long Time No See

17. (Gonna Be) Good Times

18. Getting Mighty Crowded

19. I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Part 1

21. And Get Away

22. It's Not Unusual

23. Shake And Vibrate

24. Bring It Home

26. Wade In The Water

27. Omar Khayyam

28. It Keeps Rainin'

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albertdfishe r
Don't it make you feel so bad was made by the Maurice and the radients.
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Whatever happened to the song don't it make you feel so bad by the artistics
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Hi Doug,

I was there in the eighties! Lifeguard at NM beach in the day and barback at Crazy Zacks at night! How I survived I dont know but it was great times!!
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ricruncher
jus like yesterday
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doug.dorsey
this takes me back to North Myrtle Beach and Crazy Zacks! great stuff!!!
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owb wish i grow up in philly u guys where so lucky
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I grew up in phila. in the early 60's . this is the real RADIO SOUND !!!

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