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The Persuasions

A cappella singing has been part of the African-American musical tradition since the days of slavery. Despite the recent success of the hi-tech a cappella group Take 6, the tradition has suffered a steady decline to the point where it is rare even in gospel circles. The Persuasions, though, are resolutely a cappella. Their chart successes have been minimal (two fleeting R&B entries in 1974-1975), but they carry forward the tradition without appearing ossified. Airplay will probably always elude them -- and with it the really big breakthrough -- but their music has been a consistently enjoyable sidebar, and never one that has simply reeked of revivalism, remaining fresh through releases like 1993's Toubo's Song, 1994's Right Around the Corner, and 1996's Sincerely. 1999's On the Good Ship Lollipop was a foray into children's music, while a year later the group issued Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa and Might as Well...The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead. [For more information, visit www.jerrylawson.biz]~ Colin Escott, Rovi
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alohakghi
The original line up was exceptional. The earlier recordings were hard to come by even back in the day. It is important that this genre of music maintains it's place going forward in time. It is the power of human voices in harmony that needs to be preserved.
linnehan
Sokol, do you mean The Persuaders? At any rate, Pandora needs to beef up its Persuasions catalog for sure by digging into their offerings from last century!
This does not begin to explore and explain the Persuasions -- this is a group that owns the name but is not the original group == the original group was widely known and played in the 60's and 70's by the baby boom generation - everyone who listened to R&B & MoTown & Soul & Stax knew and loved the Persuasions - they deserve better bio because they are so spectacular, especially the first time around
Classic A Capella! Its great to hear a group that does not have to be auto tuned.
gillbill6
LOVE ALL ............ T O O MUCH
The best
someof the best music ever
This is a group that should be immortalized in music heaven, I was blessed to hear them for the first time in 1972 love them forever .
THIS TALENT AIN'T AROUND NO MORE!
mmgpsych
Been a Persuasions fan forever, since their first album, and they still give me chills.
msmorganterr y
You are indeed blessed. Been listening since 1975. My husband was in an a cappella group, late '70's - early '80's, and had the pleasure of openning for them in San Francisco.
i love the pesuasions. my first live group ive seen. with jimmy bruh hayes being my uncle im blessed to see them perform when i go to the family reunions. i could listen to them all day
i have been listening to The Persuasions my whole life. they are friends of my family.
godsmigtywar r i o r
I have loved the Persuasions since the early 90's. They were always phenomenal. I still love Jerry Lawson. Just fabulous natural talent. These young auto tune singers can learn alot from him.
With the program Sing Off airing , might there be a resurection of this wonderful music. Recently, The Yellow Jackets of the U of R were voted off. Credit is certainly due...my home town.
brinainmarga t e
Hope all you lovers of a cappella watched as Jerry & The Talk of the Town performed on the SING OFF in Dec. 2010--they were fantastic
rcsherrod
Mr, Lawson is awsome. Buffalo Soldier got was guys ready to end the viet-nam war. Thank you
Love these guys! Long time friends of the Whitley Family, and my first concert!!!
These guys are great. My question is why does talent like this elude the general public?
With NBC about to launch "The Great American Sing Off" in January 2010, the black sheep genre of the music industry (a cappella) might see the light of day. Maybe then Jerry Lawson & The Persuasions will finally receive the acknowledgme n t they deserve for keeping the dying art of a cappella alive for 40 years. If not for The Persuasions' commitment there would be no C.A.S.A. and I dare say there would be no "Great American Sing Off" - www.jerrylaw s o n . b i z
Dido, tonyq
still one of the best acapella groups in the world that got established with the art..however they still dont have the flair since jerry lawson left the group to form his own accapella group..talk of the town

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