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The Vipers was the last group Al Goodman sung and recorded with before joining Sylvia & Joe Robinson's All Platinum family of labels. A native of Jackson, MS, Goodman sung with his hometown Carvettes…
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The Vipers was the last group Al Goodman sung and recorded with before joining Sylvia & Joe Robinson's All Platinum family of labels. A native of Jackson, MS, Goodman sung with his hometown Carvettes before landing in New York. Forming in Harlem, NY, the quartet consisted of Goodman, Ray Echo, Terow McLaurin, and a dude only remembered as Herman. Duchess Records issued "Little Miss Sweetheart" b/w "Same Old Valerie" in the summer of 1968, but the Vipers' only single never amounted to anything. Goodman befriended Joe Robinson, impressing the businessman with his acumen, singing ability, and earthiness; Robinson signed him to a solo deal with All Platinum.

The company paired him with Sylvia to revive the old Mickey & Sylvia act, but before anything saw daylight, Robinson fired the Moments and recruited Goodman along with Billy Brown to take their place. The public never knew about the change until years later, since the original group only had done one gig at the Apollo. The axeing came down as "Not On The Outside" -- their debut single -- ran up the charts; this occurred after the Apollo gig, with only John Morgan staying on from the original group. With a slew of hit singles the Moments became one of the '70s most popular soul groups, and Echo, Goodman, and Brown eventually enjoyed their biggest hit with "Special Lady." Harry Ray replaced Johnny Moore who replaced Morgan. Ray suffered a stroke and passed October 1992, but the group continues to tour.