CODs

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An R&B vocal group formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the CODs comprised Larry Brownlee (d. 1978), Robert Lewis and Carl Washington. They were successful disseminators, albeit minor, of the mid-tempo soul…
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An R&B vocal group formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the CODs comprised Larry Brownlee (d. 1978), Robert Lewis and Carl Washington. They were successful disseminators, albeit minor, of the mid-tempo soul sound that Chicago produced during the 60s. The CODs were discovered while singing in a park by a representative of Kellmac Records, one of the myriad of little labels the city generated during its golden era of soul. Their first record, ‘Michael (The Lover)’ (number 5 R&B, number 41 pop), from 1965, with its delightful upbeat loping tempo, was a surprise hit on the pop charts. Unfortunately, the group could not sustain their success with a hit follow-up, and soon broke up. The CODs were much more talented than their limited success indicated. Brownlee, the principal songwriter, later became a member of the Lost Generation, who had a spate of hits for the Brunswick Records label, and later a member of Mystique on Curtom Records.