The Summits

This quartet from Washington DC. formed While students at Francis Cardoza High they used to sing there sweet soul style around the school corridors, honing their craft until a faculty member spotted them.
Baritone Willie “Sherman” Flannagan and alto Alvin “Lumberjack” Middleton supported tenors Sanders and Hawkins, with second tenor Sidney Smith replacing Sanders in 1971.
The Summits founders Andre Sanders and Juan Hawkins spent a lot of time on the 16th Street bus, a route that begins at the D.C.’s center and runs due north for a few miles.
Discussions of starting a band began during this long commute, which was most often taken to visit a pair of uptown girlfriends. The bus displayed the name of the last northbound stop, in this case, Summit Hill. A casual nod to their municipal transport, the Summits seemed a fitting title for the group.
The group soon fell under the tutelage of Joe Tate, who maintained a stable of musicians, among them national recording artists the Fuzz, the Choice Four, and the Blendells.
The Summits’ “I Can’t Get Over Losing You” would appear on Tate’s Dontee label in 1970, but limited distribution and radio play didn’t give the group much fame or fortune.
The Summits would not get a second recording until Tate’s other recordings and business deals were completed, and it wasn’t until Tate paired the Summits with staff songwriter Joe Phillips that things began to take shape.
Phillips would write half a dozen songs for the Summits, four of which were released as singles on Stan Bethel’s D.C. International label.
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Singles & EPs

5001 The Summits - Let Me Love You Again album art The Summits Let Me Love You Again (Single) DC International Records, Inc. 5001 US 1973 Sell This Version
DCI-5004 The Summits - Sleepwalking / I'll Never Say No album art The Summits Sleepwalking / I'll Never Say No (Single) DC International Records, Inc. DCI-5004 US 1974 Sell This Version
SD006 The Summits - P's and Q's album art The Summits P's and Q's(7", Single) Soul Direction SD006 Unknown Sell This Version


none The Summits - It Takes Two album art The Summits It Takes Two(7xFile, MP3, 320) Numero Group none 2020