Rivals (7)

US group from Detroit, MI.
Members: Robert Metcalf (baritone), Herman Green (2nd tenor), James Green (1st tenor), Tolbert Dorr (bass), and Gerald Green (lead)
First appeared on Anna Records backing Letha Jones. Anna issued two singles in 1960 credited to Letha Jones & the Rivals, "I Got That Feeling" b/w "I Need You" and "Black Cloud" with the same B-side as the first single. Neither did anything and the Rivals wouldn't appear on record again until 1963 when they waxed "It's Gonna Work Out" b/w "Love Me" on T. J. Fowler's Puff label. The session musicians included Fowler (keyboards), Uriel Jones (drums), Walter Cox (sax), and Dezi McCullers (horns) a.k.a. the T. J. Fowler Combo. It did well locally so Fowler sold the master to Bob West's Lupine Records, distributed by Atlantic Records, to give it a better shot. But despite immense potential, the record never did much outside Detroit. Because of its popularity in the Motor City, the Rivals did commercials for Goebel Beer and Wrigley Gum, appeared on the Robin Seymour Show, and played local venues such as the 20 Grand and the Graystone Ballroom. A second Puff single came out in 1964, but "She's Mine" b/w "Make Your Mind Up," failed to achieve even local success, and the Rivals broke up. Their old session drummer, Uriel Jones, went to work for Motown, as did Gerald Green, who joined the Contours.
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Rivals (7) Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Rivals (7) - It's Gonna Work Out / Love Me album art The Rivals* With T. J. Fowler's Band The Rivals* With T. J. Fowler's Band - It's Gonna Work Out / Love Me (Single) Lu Pine Productions US 1962 Sell This Version
1004 Rivals (7) - She's Mine / Make Your Mind Up album art The Rivals* She's Mine / Make Your Mind Up(7") Puff Records (2) 1004 US Unknown Sell This Version

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