A Philly-bred baritone similar to Teddy Pendergrass and David Ebo who first recorded with the Exzels. The group waxed one single, "Hit Talk" (written by Morris Bailey and Leon Mitchell) b/w "Canadian Sunset," in 1964 on Crossfire Records under the guidance of producer/arranger/writer Bobby Martin. It didn't smell the charts and is tough to find -- Crossfire didn't press many copies. Simmons formed Neo Experience for two singles on Sahara Records: "Human" b/w "God Make My World" (1975) and "Eternally Sunshine" b/w "Paradise (Where My Baby Live)." Besides Simmons, Neo Experience was Vera Brown (later of the Ritchie Family) and Venson Unto, aka Vincent Paul Unto, who previously sang with the Millionaires and later Executive Suite. Neo Experience was a smooth Philly harmony outfit with showmanship. The two 45s are popular as trading fodder ...
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