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Los Angeles R&B group the Chargers formed in 1958. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the July 1987 issue of Goldmine, tenor lead Benny Louis Easley, second tenor Jimmy Norman, tenor Dunbar John…
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Los Angeles R&B group the Chargers formed in 1958. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the July 1987 issue of Goldmine, tenor lead Benny Louis Easley, second tenor Jimmy Norman, tenor Dunbar John White, his baritone brother Junior, and bass Mitchell Alexander were all friends of R&B legend Jesse Belvin, and founded the group after harmonizing at his L.A. home. Belvin also rehearsed with the group, brought them to his label RCA, and contributed uncredited vocals to their debut single "Old MacDonald." Issued in the summer of 1958, it proved a major hit in the East Coast market and squeaked into the national Hot 100. The Chargers resurfaced during the holiday season with "The Counterfeiter," but internal squabbles prompted the group to split in early 1959. Norman later enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, teaming with Jerry Ragovoy (under the alias "Norman Meade") to pen the Irma Thomas classic "Time Is on My Side," later covered by the Rolling Stones; he also scored a solo hit with the deep soul cult classic "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)."