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The Sharpees

Recording on George Leaner's One-derful records in Chicago, IL, the Sharpees, like everyone on the label, recorded in a fashion not normally associated with the Chi-town sound, delivering a harder brand of soul that married a myriad of styles. The members were Vernon Guy, Horse O'Toole, Herbert Reeves, and Benny Sharp (guitarist). Stacey Johnson, who also recorded solo for Leaner, joined the Sharpees after their debut "Do the 45" b/w "Make up Your Mind," replacing O'Toole. A second single released in November of 1965, "Tired of Being Lonely," defined their sound of windy male backing harmonies accompanied by females with an unspectacular but competent second tenor lead. A third single from April of 1966, "I've Got a Secret," failed to shake up the charts, and neither did a final One-derful release "My Girl Jean" b/w "The Sock" three months later. Dormant for three years, they resurfaced on record in 1969 with "Music (I Like It)" on Midas Records as Benny Sharp & the Sharpees. Collectors find anything done on One-derful fantastic, and the Sharpees' recordings can be found on various vinyl and CD compilations that trumpet the One-derful family of labels. O'Toole and Reeves previously sang with the Arabians. Reeves died in January of 1972. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 60s Soul Sessions

Disc 1

1. Baby I Need Your Loving

2. Harlem Shuffle

3. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

5. You Can't Hurry Love

6. Duke Of Earl

7. Twine Time

8. Barefootin'

9. Too Hot To Hold

10. New Girl

12. These Things Will Keep Me Loving You

14. Uptight (Everything's Alright)

15. Who Is She

Disc 2

1. This Old Heart Of Mine

2. My Girl

3. Every Beat Of My Heart

6. Boy From New York City

7. Nothing Can Stop Me

9. The Tracks Of My Tears

10. Baby Reconsider

11. Love Makes The World Go Round

12. Gone With The Wind Is My Love

13. Cool Jerk

14. Lover's Holiday

15. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

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Track List: Move With The Groove: Hardcore Chicago Soul

Disc 1

1. Damper Down

4. The Town I Live In

5. I've Got A Claim On You

6. Come Back Home

7. Master Key

9. I'm A Big Man

10. Shake A Tail Feather

12. The Whip Pt. 1

14. Don't Turn Your Back On Me

15. You Told A Lie

16. Tell It Like It Is

17. Who Is She

18. New Girl

19. You Did Me Wrong

20. Twine Time

22. Do The 45

23. Got To Find A Way

25. Every Beat Of My Heart

Disc 2

2. Give Me Back My Ring

4. I Still Can't Get You

5. The Philly Freeze

7. I Made A Mistake

8. More Power To You

9. I Stand Alone

10. Ordinary Guy

13. Behave Yourself

18. A Lasting Love

19. You Got Your Finger In My Eye

21. The Funky Judge

22. I Get A Groove

24. Move With The Groove

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Track List: Northern Soul: The Solid Gold Collection

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

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!

11. Fortune Teller

12. A Certain Girl

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

21. And Get Away

22. It's Not Unusual

23. Shake And Vibrate

26. Wade In The Water

27. Omar Khayyam

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