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The Friends Of Distinction

Known best for their pop smash "Grazing in the Grass," the Friends of Distinction were founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, also including Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Jean Love (plus Charlene Gibson, who replaced Love during her pregnancy). Elston and Butler's involvement in music entailed several groups, including the Hi-Fi's, Ray Charles' backing band. When the group disbanded in 1966, Elston and Butler recruited Cleaves and Love for a new band; initially, Elston came up with the name Distinctive Friends, but Love suggested reversing the words to Friends of Distinction.

After polishing up their act for a few months during 1968, the group hit the local tour circuit in Los Angeles. With well-developed talent and the support of a well-known manager, former football great Jim Brown, the group signed with RCA Records. In 1969, the group released its first single, "Grazing in the Grass." Originally recorded by famed trumpeter Hugh Masekela (Elston wrote the lyrics to Masekela's trumpet lead), the song became a smash hit. It graced the R&B charts for 17 weeks, peaking at number five. Four months later, the second release, "Going in Circles," surpassed its predecessor. It climbed its way to number three after a prosperous 19 weeks.

Three more singles charted for the group -- "Love or Let Me Be Lonely," "Time Waits for No One," and "I Need You" -- though none was as rewarding as the group's first two hits. The group encountered some personnel changes following the two smash hits. Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Love both departed the group, with Cleaves joining other R&B acts (Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament, etc.). After the release of their fifth and final single, the decline of Friends of Distinction was on the horizon, but not by their own doing.

By the mid-'70s, the group's well had run dry. With more than five years elapsed since their first release, Elston and Butler called it quits. The two parted ways and didn't speak for several years. When they finally overcame their differences, however, Butler died of a heart attack -- in Elston's arms. In 1996 Elston ultimately accomplished what he and Butler had agreed to do: he re-formed the group with new members Pattie Brooks, Van Jewel, and Drake Frye. ~ Craig Lytle
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Track List: Grazin'-Highly Distinct

1. Grazing In The Grass

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

3. I Really Hope You Do

4. (A) Sweet Young Thing Like You

5. Going In Circles

6. Eli's Comin

8. Baby, I Could Be So Good At Loving You

9. And I Love Him

10. Peaceful

11. Lonesome Mood

14. We Got A Good Thing Goin'

15. Workin' On A Groovy Thing

16. It's A Wonderful World

17. It's Sunday

18. Why Did I Lose You

19. Light My Fire

20. This Generation

21. Let Yourself Go

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Still Love Them Oldies
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hlore58
What's great about Pandora is that it is like a DJ on the radio --the element of surprise of hearing a favorite song -that thrill-.but all the songs are what I like, one after another! :-)))
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hlore58
INSTANT GOOD MOOD!!
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lizabdiaz
Going in circles that's a jam
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bppoll
Remember this song and someone I cared for who loved it.
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Some good oldies to ease the mind.
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Yes it going in circles awesome song to
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Moms cleaning and " puffin " Thai stick you know that stuff that's tidied to a slick
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The �� I grow up on
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Slow and ez
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nrjr2005
Stress free tunes all the way hit after hit
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That's a good music.
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this is my f**kin jamm free me ill be out soon
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tonya_invest o r
Over youuuuu, love this song
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I needcha bayyyyybeh!
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love them Oldies
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These were the best days and memorable times in my life. I love the 60's,70's and 80's music and Jazz! Rodney Turner
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jackiewallac e 3 5
Yes sir the bomb diggity
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Bring back soioooo many memory
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He'll yeah !
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I can relate to the lyrics. Even though the words are depressing and reference heart break, I think artists were way more gifted and in with the truth. If you can't relate to the good and the then you still have some living to do.
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This song take me back to my really happy teenage years. Love it!
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Going In Circles...lo v e old school.
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The only group of the era of 1960 that I really love, the friends of distinction the really bring a lot of memories for me.
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Firme rolas 805 style qvole
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Where are they now, PLEASE bring them back
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gfoster55102
This is great music
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My music that I will always love
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Now this is real music and all you hip hoppers ought to listen and take notes
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This is a bad a** song☺��
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I love their music good songs from the 1969 era, what a year.
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now this is the song
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Babe u have me going in circles. It been25 yrs n u have me going in circlrs cane 805
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Going In Circles is a classic! Great song!
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I love this song and the inspiration it brings to later artist
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hlnrlms
Love you cats born 1966
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Shot out to all them firme familias from way way back in the day burque 505 the cadenas, rascons ,robledo ,RIP NIETO FAMILY 4TH AND RINCON WE LOVE YOU BROTHERS AND GRAMMA NIETO SISTER JESSE
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To my flaka I need you..
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This Is music
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There nothing dusty music I am glad I grew up on good dusty music :)
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Going In Circles...cl a s s i c !
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Another group Unsung has not given a thought to. smh
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Love that music
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Real music.
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Before my time, but thanks mom for introducing me to REAL music....
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Always have loved the group The Friends of Distinction !!!!!! Shell1965 Going in Circles..... .
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209ricm
Spun out over you
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GIVE ME A LIL MORE
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209ricm
You got me going in circles
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ultimate slow drag music
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