Birdlegs & Pauline and their Versatility Birds

Sidney ‘Birdlegs’ Banks (b. 13 October 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Pauline Shivers Banks (b. 28 April 1933, Memphis, Tennessee, USA). This Rockford, Illinois R&B married duo are known for one…
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Sidney ‘Birdlegs’ Banks (b. 13 October 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Pauline Shivers Banks (b. 28 April 1933, Memphis, Tennessee, USA). This Rockford, Illinois R&B married duo are known for one hit, ‘Spring’, a hit in the spring (naturally) of 1963. Banks had been performing for nearly 10 years before he and his wife were recorded for the first time with ‘Spring’, on Cuca Records, in Sauk City, Wisconsin. After it was leased to Chicago-based Vee Jay, the record reached the Top 20 on the national R&B charts, and received considerable airplay. As a result of the record’s success, Banks and his wife toured with a group, a female duo called the Versatility Birds, and a back-up band that included Mack and Floyd Murphy; the latter pair later worked with the Blues Brothers. Cuca released an album by Birdlegs And Pauline called Birdlegs, but their later recordings for Vee Jay were never released. After the couple divorced in the late 60s, Pauline, under the name Pauline Shivers, recorded a number of songs in the deep-soul style for the Chicago-based Opex label.