John Flores

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Not to be confused with rhythm and blues producer John Flores of I'm Gonna Get You Sucka fame, John Flores is a performer from a much earlier period of black music, the doo wop era. Flores was a vocalist,…
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Not to be confused with rhythm and blues producer John Flores of I'm Gonna Get You Sucka fame, John Flores is a performer from a much earlier period of black music, the doo wop era. Flores was a vocalist, his pipes as capable of the smooth and creamy as any of the admittedly overwhelming competition, his main alliance of note a group known as the Pageants. Knowing doo wop, there were no doubt more than one group with this name, perhaps a dozen, and there might have been more had one of these enterprises being more successful.

Flores and bandmates Barbara Reeves, Roy Benson and Melvin Riley were contracted to producer, publisher and record label owner Joe Davis for half a year beginning in October of 1963. One week after signing the deal, the Pageants came up with the four songs that were specified as the minimum number of recordings to be cut. Davis' first choice for a single was a pairing of the goading "Show Them You Can Dance" with the impatient "It's Been So Long." The fact that record collectors seem most excited about the color of the label on this Beacon product -- silver, to be exact -- might be construed as a comment on the vitality of the music itself. Then again, many misconceptions can arise based on the comments and actions of record collectors. Musically there can be no fault found with the backup on these sides, a combo that features session ace guitarist Lawrence Lucie as well as a bassist known for his work with Elmore James, Bob Bushnell. Nothing seems to have ever happened with the other songs recorded by the group during their short relationship with Davis.