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Arthur Prysock

Arthur Prysock was perfectly at home singing jazz, blues, or R&B, but his smooth-as-silk baritone made him a superbly effective (and underappreciated) pop crooner in the manner of his chief influence, Billy Eckstine. Prysock was born January 2, 1929, in Spartanburg, SC, and was the brother of saxophonist Red Prysock. As a teenager, he moved to Hartford, CT, where he worked in the aviation industry and sang with several small bands by night. He was discovered in 1944 by jump blues bandleader Buddy Johnson, who signed him as lead male vocalist and brought him to Harlem. Prysock sang on a number of Johnson's hits for the Decca label before going solo in 1952 to tour the chitlin circuit (sometimes with his brother). He quickly landed an R&B hit with "I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," and subsequently made his name among black audiences as an emotive balladeer. During the '50s, Prysock recorded for several smaller labels, but his popularity in concert gradually gained him more exposure. He began a long relationship with the Old Town label, scoring R&B hits with "I Worry 'Bout You" in 1958, Ray Noble's old ballad "The Very Thought of You" in 1960, and "It's Too Late Baby, It's Too Late" in 1965. That year, he fulfilled a dream by recording an album with Count Basie on Verve, the label he remained with for most of the '60s. Prysock performed at Carnegie Hall in 1966, and hosted his own TV show for a short time. By the end of the '60s, Prysock had returned to Old Town, where he recorded several albums while touring the club circuit. He had an unexpected disco hit in 1976 with "When Love Is New," but otherwise remained largely out of sight. Prysock returned to active recording in 1985 with the well-received A Rockin' Good Way album on Milestone, and also sang a well-known jingle for Lowenbrau beer. Two more albums for Milestone followed, 1986's This Guy's in Love With You and 1987's Today's Love Songs, Tomorrow's Blues, before Prysock receded from the limelight again. He died on June 21, 1997. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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I love his voice, I hear it and I say to myself, Who is that? every time it is Mr. Prysock, too bad he never got the recognition that wonderful voice deserved.
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The best I could have told you
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I love to hear his music it's soothing & relaxing. .
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bsharris405
My mother my husband spirits FILL me so DEARLY with I mellow with this SOUL TOUCHING MAN!!!!!THAN K YOU Arthur....TH A N K YOU Pandora....
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drwillie1980
Why haven't I heard of this guy before? That's what's nice about Pandora.
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My work becomes a pleasure when I hear the balladeer voice of Arthur Prysock. This style of music has become a bygone era that I miss; the smooth voice of the crooner
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A wonderful voice. I've always loved his renditions of anything he sang.
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It wasn't just his voice. Arthur Prysock always sounded like he felt every word he sang, down deep inside. Not enough singers feel anything.
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vshe01
I'm so glad Pandora makes it possible for me to hear this melodious voice once again, I love it!!
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mchevere20
Oh how I wish Arthur was around. What a voice, as long as I alive, I will always carry you in my heart. You really move me with that voice of your. Truly miss you. Hope to see you in the new order. From La Che'vere
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imanikinnard
im just so happy to listen to you uncle arthur we miss you and love you!
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bmissjessie
I adore this man's singing style, also Walter Jackson.My girlfriends and
I never missed a performance by him, when he came to the Dayton area, so
many years ago. What a man!!
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A great balladeer. Wonderful voice.
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Mr.Cool.
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The one THING I really like about ITunes . . . discovering classic singers and their songs! My mother adored Billy Eckstine, Dinah Washington . . . I have some of her and my father's old albums, afraid of damaging them so seldom play them. Now Pandora helps me discover more singers like Prysock.
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Where has his music gone where can you go today to listen to this kind of music and be mellow? AWESOME
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Just love to listen to his smooth deep voice.
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Author Prycock is a a romantic and deliciously sensual vocalist. I could listen to him all night and all over again. He is one of my favorites. I've always feltthat we didn't hear enough of him.
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ummtaibah
I just love the sound og that man voice.
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slcohen7
WITHOUT A DOUBT THE SMOOTHEST .. HE SANG "AGAIN" TO ME AND MY WIFE OUR TABLE AT A SMALL CLUB IN NJ
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The greatest singer hardly anyone's ever hear of.
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I've always loved uncle Arthur, he's his own special brand of style and smooth n' sexy like silk. Old school male energy that can scoop you up and dip you deep in the groove before you even know that you've swooped.
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ebronebron
thre is no compairson with frank s and arthur. That's like apples and pears they have diffrent stlyes. The both are great in their area. some one asked me which artist do i like singing memories; Barbra or Gladys? I think the both of them tears that song up. I can listen to them all day singing that song to me(ha Ha)In person I mean!
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my bother sent me a tape of AP and frank s.singing the same songs and ask which version i liked better.no contest AP was the best singer of his day.
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Had the pleasure..or I should say the honor of hearing Mr. Prysock in So. L.A. during the late 60's; can't remember the name of the club, but I remember how he captivated the audience, his freshly changed appearance each set, and the sensitivity I was able to witness by accident during one of the breaks, as he was talking with his brother Red about something that apparently was impacting him and his brother. I was told once by a jazz legend that he once had an audience of singers, including Fran
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cadillac4955
Third greatest singer in the world behind Nat King Cole & Johnny Hartman
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Mr. Prysock has always been the one to calm my anxieties.
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I had not heard his voice for such a long time.....Its like wrapping yourself in a warm memory. Thanks!
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I KNEW ARTHUR AND HIS BROTHER "RED" FROM BROOKLYN IN THE LATE 40'S EARLY 50'S I WAS SINGING WITH A TRIO CALLED BUBBA JOHNSON TRIO
LAST TIME I SAW THEM WAS IN BERMUDA IN THE 70'S AND THEY WERE STILL GREAT
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amusicman70
I first heard Prysock when I happened to buy the Verve Album with Count Basie and he has remained a favorite ever since. That's over forty years. What a voice.
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I have been looking for this artist for a long time. I wish he had done more like this album, I love poetry with music behind it love poems if you have any more like this please let me know.
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