The Derbys (3)

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Kansas City soul and rhythm & blues group originally called The Carpets (3). When James Gadson got out of the Air Force in 1961, he found that his brother Thomas Gadson had learned to play the guitar and had formed an R&B band called The Carpets. The members were: Walter Chisolm (sax), Harold Rice (bassist), Harry Wilkins (drums), and Thomas Gadson (guitar). James joined as lead vocalist (the others sang background vocals). When Harold Rice left to join Jay McShann's orchestra, drummer Harry Wilkins switched over to bass. James then took over the open drum spot. A late addition to the group was trumpeter Percy Cooper, brother of organist Earl Grant; he was the only non-singing member.

Around 1962, they changed their name to The Derbys (3), and released a single in December 1962 on KC Records label (owned by Nat King Cole) and in 1963 on Kansas City's Central Records (3). After this, the Derbys were booked on a tour of the South (on which they had to pretend to be a different famous group in each town). At the point when they were ready to leave Florida, James decided to stay behind as a member Hank Ballard & The Midnighters.
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KC-111 The Derbys (3) - Any Old Way / The Huckster Man album art The Derbys (3) Any Old Way / The Huckster Man(7", Single, Promo) KC Records KC-111 US 1962 Sell This Version
D-101, D-102 The Derbys (3) - I Aint Gonna Love You / Teach Me To Monkey album art The Derbys (3) I Aint Gonna Love You / Teach Me To Monkey(7", Single) Central Records (3), Central Records (3) D-101, D-102 US 1964 Sell This Version
TT-122 The Derbys (3) - The Crow / A Different Woman Every Day album art The Derbys (3) The Crow / A Different Woman Every Day(7", Single) Ty Tex TT-122 US 1965 Sell This Version
K-1034 The Derbys (3) - Goin' Back To Houston / Standin' In My Way  album art Tommy* And The Derby's* Tommy* And The Derby's* - Goin' Back To Houston / Standin' In My Way (7") Kool Records (3) K-1034 US 1966 Sell This Version
806T-3129 DJ The Derbys (3) - Socking It Back / I Saw Batman album art Tommy* & The Derbys (3) Tommy* & The Derbys (3) - Socking It Back / I Saw Batman Moneytown 806T-3129 DJ US 1967 Sell This Version