b. 13 August 1933, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Devereaux was born to an unmarried mother, Laura Devereaux, and his father was blues singer Wynonie Harris. Raised by his mother, he learned to play guitar and sing from early childhood. He sang professionally from his teens, sometimes as a solo act but mainly in vocal groups. One of these in the early 50s was the Sultans (later known as the Admirals), in which Devereaux’s fellow singers were Richard Beasley, Willie Barnes, Gene McDaniels and James Farmer. In 1954 Devereaux, and the group of which he was then a member, teamed up in New York with his father whose career was then about to make a dramatic downward shift. In New York in 1955, the name Wesley Devereaux name appears on a session with singer Rufus Gore who recorded two sides for King Records.
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