The Festivals

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The Festivals -- Vaughn Price, Earl Moss, Woody Price, and Leon Thomas -- never got the break they needed to succeed, but not for lack of trying. They debuted on Smash Records with "I'll Always Love You" in the fall of 1966, which produced some mild rumblings in a few cities. Momentum increased in the spring of 1967 when Smash released their best-known (and best) recording "You Got the Makings of a Lover," a Moss composition that highlights the quartet's shimmering vocal blend. (Sly, Slick & Wicked from Los Angeles re-did the song in the '90s; that version inspired many to seek out the original that most never heard when it was released.)
Even those living in certain large metropolitan cities missed out since Smash only promoted the record in select cities. The sweet romancer sales' didn't bowl over Smash executives and no further promotion monies were allocated. Slow in releasing records by the Festivals, their next didn't drop until November 1968. "Hey Girl" (not the Freddie Scott song), picked up play in some localities, but nothing significant. Blue Rock Records picked up "Hey Girl" in early 1969 and reissued it with a new flip, "Checkin' Out," but sales never materialized. A stint with Philadelphia's Colossus Records equaled their releases (three) with Smash. (These are the easiest Festivals' recordings to find because of numerous compilation disks chronicling Colossus' recordings.)
But other than soul fans in the Philadelphia/Jersey area, people probably never heard "You're Gonna Make It" ( number 99 Cashbox), "Baby Show It," or "Give Her Up," all issued from 1970 to 1971. Motown issued their version of "Green Grow the Lilacs" in the summer of 1972 on Gordy Records; the same song they originally issued on the Originals in 1969. Motown never issued anything else by them, but some unreleased hummers may be dusting in a vault awaiting discovery. A final record on Lo Lo was the last-known recording by the members as the Festivals. Leon Thomas and Earl Moss performed backing vocals on Doc Severinsen's Night Journey LP (1975), but radar hasn't detected anything else by the group as a whole, or its members as individuals.
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S-2056 I'll Always Love You / Music — The Festivals The Festivals I'll Always Love You / Music Smash Records (4) S-2056 US 1966 Sell This Version
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S-2091 You've Got The Makings Of A Lover / High Wide And Handsome — The Festivals The Festivals You've Got The Makings Of A Lover / High Wide And Handsome (Single) Smash Records (4) S-2091 US 1967 Sell This Version
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B-4076 Hey Girl / Checkin' Out — The Festivals The Festivals Hey Girl / Checkin' Out Blue Rock B-4076 US 1968 Sell This Version
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S-2196 Hey Girl — The Festivals The Festivals Hey Girl(7", Single) Smash Records (4) S-2196 US 1968 Sell This Version
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CS-136 Baby Show It — The Festivals Festivals* Baby Show It (Single) Colossus CS-136 US 1970 Sell This Version
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C 122 D.J. You're Gonna Make It — The Festivals The Festivals You're Gonna Make It (Single) Colossus C 122 D.J. US 1970 Sell This Version
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CS-146 Gee Baby — The Festivals The Festivals Gee Baby Colossus CS-146 US 1971 Sell This Version
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G7120F So In Love / Green Grow The Lilacs — The Festivals The Festivals So In Love / Green Grow The Lilacs (Single) Gordy G7120F US 1972 Sell This Version
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G 100 United / You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover — The Festivals Johnny Flamingo / The Festivals Johnny Flamingo / The Festivals - United / You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover(7", RE) Greg Records G 100 US Unknown Sell This Version
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105 The Festivals / Linda Jones The Festivals / Linda Jones - You've Got The Makings Of A Lover / Hypnotized(7") Good Old Gold 105 Unknown Sell This Version
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S-1422 Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You / You've Got The Makings Of A Lover — The Festivals Jimmy Castor / The Festivals Jimmy Castor / The Festivals - Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You / You've Got The Makings Of A Lover(7") Smash Records (4) S-1422 US Unknown Sell This Version
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S 1600 I Do Love You / You've Got The Makings Of A Lover — The Festivals Billy Stewart / The Festivals Billy Stewart / The Festivals - I Do Love You / You've Got The Makings Of A Lover(7") Sonic Records (8) S 1600 Unknown Sell This Version
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TH-604 You've Got The Makings Of A Lover / That's All — The Festivals The Festivals, Thee Midniters The Festivals, Thee Midniters - You've Got The Makings Of A Lover / That's All(7", Single) Three M Records TH-604 US Unknown Sell This Version