Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild

Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild

Starting as an all-white band, Jokers Wild recruited Peyton Johnson and Bernard Smith, both of whom were black. This didn't sit well in certain social circles in 1966, losing them some country-club gigs and debutante parties. But leader Howard Awad was tenacious in booking the band and their popularity grew. Early in 1968, producer Martin Gary recorded the group at Edgewood, a 4-track studio in Washington. But nobody successfully marketed the record and the standard pressing (500 copies) saw few sales. "Gotta Be a Reason" is incredibly tight, with a near rumba rhythm carrying Bernard's suave vocal. It's a soul sound that seems headed for Virginia Beach, while sounding classy enough for the Riviera. -Brent Hosier (Style Weekly)


Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild Gotta Be A Reason (Single) Groove (12) US 1968 Sell This Version

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