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    (1952- )
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Marvin Junior (January 31, 1936-May 29, 2013), lead baritone
    Verne Allison (June 22, 1936- ), second tenor
    Mickey McGill (February 17, 1937- ), second baritone
    Chuck Barksdale (June 11, 1935- ), bass
    Johnny Funches (July 18, 1935-January 23, 1998), first tenor (1952-58)
    Lucius McGill (1935- ), second tenor (1952-54)
    Johnny Carter (June 2, 1934-August 21, 2009), first tenor and falsetto (1960-2009)
    Recorded the singles 'Oh What a Nite' (1956), 'Stay in My Corner' (1965), 'There Is' (1968), 'Stay in My Corner' (1968), 'Always Together' (1968), 'I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue' (1969), 'Oh What a Night' (1969), 'Open Up My Heart' (1970), 'Nadine' (1970), 'The Love We Had Stays on My Mind' (1971), 'Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation' (1973), 'I Miss You' (1973), 'My Pretending Days Are Over' (1973), 'We Got to Get Our Thing Together' (1975), 'Super Woman' (1978), 'I Touched a Dream' (1980), and 'A Heart Is a House for Love' (1991)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame (both 2004)
    They spent the 50s and 60s bouncing between Chicago's two leading R&B labels, with two stints at Vee-Jay Records and three at Chess Records and its subsidiaries.
    Their two biggest Chess hits, 'Stay in My Corner' and 'Oh What a Night,' were remakes of their two biggest Vee-Jay hits.
    They tried to jump onto the disco bandwagon in the 70s.
    An accident in their station wagon while touring lacerated Junior's larynx, permanently altering his voice, and nearly cost Mickey McGill a leg (1958).
    In the early 60s, they fine-tuned their vocal harmonies working as an opening act and background singers for Dinah Washington and Ray Charles.
    Between Carter joining in 1960 and his 2009 death, the group went nearly 50 years without any changes in their line-up.
    They served as creative consultants for Robert Townsend's film 'The Five Heartbeats.' (1991)
    A song they recorded for the movie, 'A Heart Is a House for Love,' was an unexpected hit, making them one of the few groups to put singles on the Billboard chart in five different decades.

Credit: C. Fishel

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