The Vibrations – 1973 – Good Vibrations
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The Vibrations were an African-American soul vocal group from Los Angeles, California, active from the mid-1950s to 1976. Most notable among the group’s hit singles were “My Girl Sloopy” (1964) and “Love in Them Thar Hills” (1968). The quintet’s members included Don Bradley, Carl Fisher, Dave Govan, James Johnson and Ricky Owens.
The group initially began recording as The Jay Hawks, and had a hit in 1956 with “Stranded in the Jungle” (US #18). After a few lineup changes, the group hit again in 1961 with the song “The Watusi” (US #25); concurrently, they had a hit under the name The Marathons with “Peanut Butter” (#20).
The group recorded a couple of Northern Soul classics since their initial hit on Atlantic Records in 1963. A cover version of “My Girl Sloopy”, retitled “Hang On, Sloopy”, was a hit for the McCoys in 1965.
The Vibrations briefly broke up in 1971. At this time, Owens became a member of The Temptations, although he was let go after his first few engagements. Owens and the other Vibrations regrouped and continued, eventually become a nightclub act in the mid 1970s, before officially dissolving the group in 1976.
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