Donald Jenkins & The Delighters

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The members of this early soul vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, USA, were lead Donald Jenkins, baritone Walter Granger and tenor Ronnie Strong. The group’s most famous record was ‘Elephant Walk’, which…
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The members of this early soul vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, USA, were lead Donald Jenkins, baritone Walter Granger and tenor Ronnie Strong. The group’s most famous record was ‘Elephant Walk’, which in 1963 was a top record in several markets, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, but inexplicably never reached the national charts. The record has retained its appeal over the decades and remains one of the most popular records among collectors. The follow-up also garnered strong sales, ‘Adios (My Secret Love)’ (1963), a remarkable remake of a 1954 doo-wop recorded by the Diablos. The third release was also outstanding, ‘I’ve Settled Down’ (1964). After a succession of releases for other labels, the group had broken up by 1970. Donald And The Delighters had a history that stretched back into Chicago’s doo-wop past, when Jenkins formed a vocal group in 1955, called the Fortunes, which included, besides himself, Granger, Strong and bass William Taylor. The group recorded for Chess (on the Checker subsidiary) and Parrot, but only the Checker single was released. Years later, Jenkins joined up with Strong to form a duet called Rico And Ronnie, who recorded a single for Checker in 1962. The following year on the Cortland label, the pair recorded as the Starr Brothers, releasing several singles, notably ‘Don Juan’, before inviting Granger to join them in Donald And The Delighters. Jenkins at this time was also producing acts for Cortland, most notably the Versalettes.