Formed in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, around 1957, by Robert Hopkins, Leroy Joyce, Willie Guest, Oscar Watson and James West. Originally a doo-wop group, the Five Dutones moved to Chicago in the early 60s. By that time Hopkins and Watson had been replaced by Frank McCurry and Andrew Butler, respectively. Their exhilarating single ‘Shake A Tail Feather’ was released in 1963. Later revived by James And Bobby Purify and Mitch Ryder, this definitive early version was a US Top 30 R&B hit. James West died of a heart attack in 1963 and was replaced by David Scott. The Five Dutones recorded a total of nine singles, most of which were based on local dance crazes, but split in 1967. The group’s back-up musicians, the Exciters, became a minor charting band, the South Shore Commission, which featured as vocalists McCurry and Scott, both latter-day members of the Five Dutones. Scott later joined the Chi-Lites in the late 70s while Leroy Joyce changed his name to Leroy Brown and worked with the Eddy Clearwater Blues Band.
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