The Out-of-Sights

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A tall, slick quintet from Cleveland's Lee-Harvard area that recorded for bail bondsman, Chuck Brown's Saru label. They cut four singles in the early seventies, but if you don't have the original 45 rpm's…
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A tall, slick quintet from Cleveland's Lee-Harvard area that recorded for bail bondsman, Chuck Brown's Saru label. They cut four singles in the early seventies, but if you don't have the original 45 rpm's you're out-of-luck, Saru's recordings, except for a few Ponderosa Twins Plus One sides, are not available on CD. The Out-of-Sights: Gregory Still, Paul Woodall, Stan Reeves, Harry Stewart, and Larry Wade formed at John F. Kennedy High; Lou Ragland, the first A&R man for Saru, produced their recordings when the company was located near downtown on Payne Street across from the old Police Station. Bobby Massey was Saru's A&R Director after Ragland, his productions, naturally, had a different feel; by this time, Saru was on Miles Road.

Massey was a card-carrying original member of the O'Jays when he started producing for Saru; he stayed with Saru with aspirations of being a big producer when Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and William Powell reunited with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff to record for Philadelphia International Records. Massey and the guys were burned by Gamble & Huff before on Neptune Records, and Massey thought this "new deal" was going to be the same oh same oh; but the calculated risk proved disastrous (for Massey), Eddie, Walter, and William finally reached the heights they'd dreamed of, and Massey's probably still smarting over his decision.

The Out-of-Sights recordings didn't get much acceptance, but this was due to inadequate promotion and not what was in the grooves. The A-Sides were "For The Rest of My Life," "I Can't Take It," "Tears Don't Care Who Cry," and the plaintive but emotional "I Was Wrong," a sobber, led by Gregory Still. Where are they now? Larry Wade has deceased, Stan Reeves is a policeman, and the others are still around but out of music. Still's brother Charles sang with Sly, Slick & Wicked who recorded for JuPar and Peoples Records.