An R&B vocal group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, the Joneses were typical of the vocal group renaissance of the early 70s, recording in the soft-soul mode that featured a falsetto lead, pretty harmonies and fully orchestrated arrangements. The original group started in Pittsburgh in 1969, but the recording group arrived at its final line-up after moving to New York to record for V.M.P. Records in the early 70s. The members of the V.M.P. group featured falsetto lead Cy Brooks, Glenn Dorsey, Sam White and brothers Reginald and Wendell Noble, and on that label they had a New York hit with ‘Pretty Pretty’. Moving to the Pride label in 1973, they had another local hit, ‘Pull My String’. Mercury Records then took notice and signed them. Brooks left at this point and his lead spot was taken by baritone Harold Taylor (who had earlier been with the group in Pittsburgh). At Mercury the Joneses first hit locally in Baltimore with ‘Baby Don’t Do It’, but in 1974 they began a string of national hits with ‘Hey Babe’ (number 18 R&B). They then followed with their only crossover hit, ‘Sugar Pie Guy’ (number 10 R&B, number 47 pop), also in 1974. They also had considerable success with ‘I Can’t See What You See In Me’ (number 28 R&B) in 1975. The Joneses broke up in 1975, but in the following years there were four resurrections of the group, the first in 1977 and the last in 1992, and each time the only constant in the new line-ups was Glenn Dorsey. These new Joneses groups recorded with Epic, Spring, Collectables and Atlantic Records with varying success.
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