The Carvettes

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The hottest soul group in Jackson, MS and the surrounding areas in the mid-'60s was unquestionably the Carvettes. The Temptations of the South were manned by Al Goodman (baritone-bass), Charles Haynes…
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The hottest soul group in Jackson, MS and the surrounding areas in the mid-'60s was unquestionably the Carvettes. The Temptations of the South were manned by Al Goodman (baritone-bass), Charles Haynes (1st & 2nd tenor), Albert Brown (falsetto, 1st tenor), Tommy Harden (lead), and Walter Catchings (lead, 1st tenor). Bonding at Jim Hill High School they kept busy, playing proms, talent shows, and venues such as the Alamo Theater on Ferrish Street and Stevens' Rose Room on Sunset Drive, a large club that attracted people from all over Mississippi. (Many mistakenly called the group the Corvettes after the car -- and at one time they became the Corvettes to avoid the confusion -- but they're credited on their sole 45 as the Carvettes.)

At one time, WOKK, Mississippi's first black radio station, featured them in a 15-minute spot every Saturday morning. They sung a cappela renditions of songs by the Moonglows, the Spaniels, the Midnighters, and others.

They recorded "A Lovers Prayer" b/w "Never Gonna Leave Me," on Copa Records. Though it flopped, they hung tough for a minute. Eventually, though, Haden took off for California, reducing the quartet to a trio. Haynes got singer's remorse and decided against traveling, leaving only the two Alberts, Goodman and Brown, where they recorded with the Vipers and Goodman spent time with Billy Brown in the Moments. Goodman also sung with Lil' Willie & the Impacts prior to the Moments and enjoyed even more success when the group became Ray, Goodman & Brown.