The Whispers

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The Whispers
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Boogie, soul, funk
Years active 1964–present
Labels Janus
Solar
Capitol
Associated acts Collage
Website Official website
Members Leaveil Degree
Nicholas Caldwell
Wallace Scott
Walter Scott
Past members Marcus Hutson(deceased)
Gordy Harmon
Jerry McNeil

The Whispers is a group from Los Angeles, California, with a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003,[1] and were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.[2] By popular vote, the group was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com in December 2012.[3]

Career[edit]

The Whispers formed in 1964 in Watts, California. The original members included twin brothers, Wallace "Scotty" and Walter Scott, along with Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson and Nicholas Caldwell. After Harmon injured his larynx in a drunk driving accident in 1973, he was replaced by former Friends of Distinction member Leaveil Degree. Scotty Scott's fluid, melodic voice is featured on virtually all of their hits.

The group scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 with "And the Beat Goes On / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box". In 1987, they enjoyed a brief tenure in the Top 40 when "Rock Steady" became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100, reaching #7, while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart.

Although they recorded mainly in Philadelphia in the early to mid '70s, most of their studio work since has been done in Los Angeles. Their most successful period was in the 1980s with SOLAR Records (Sound Of Los Angeles Records), which was run by their manager at the time, Dick Griffey. The Whispers later established their own production company, Satin Tie Productions, through which they released their independent 2006 album "For Your Ears Only."

The group opened Game 2 of the 1989 World Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with their rendition of the National Anthem.

Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer. According to the Whispers' website, when Hutson died of it in 2000, they vowed to never replace him, and now perform as a quartet.

Jerry McNeil resigned his position as keyboardist in the latter part of 1993 in order to spend more time with his family. In 2014 The Whispers was inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame.

The Philadelphia soul songwriter team Allan Felder, Norman Harris, Bunny Sigler, and Ronnie Baker provided several of The Whispers' songs including "A Mother for My Children" and "Bingo".

The Whispers group members[edit]

The Whispers band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[5] US
certifications[6]
Record label
US US
R&B
UK[7]
1972 The Whispers' Love Story 186 34 Janus
Life and Breath 44
1973 Planets of Life 48
1974 Bingo 40
1976 One for the Money 189 40 Soul Train
1977 Open Up Your Love 65 23
1978 Headlights 77 22 SOLAR
1979 Whisper in Your Ear 146 28
The Whispers 6 1 Platinum
1980 Imagination 23 3 42 Gold
1981 This Kind of Lovin' 100 15
Love Is Where You Find It 35 1 Gold
1983 Love for Love 37 2
1984 So Good 88 8
1987 Just Gets Better with Time 22 3 63 Platinum
1990 More of the Night 83 8 Gold Capitol
1995 Toast to the Ladies 92 8
1997 Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface 27 Interscope
2006 For Your Ears Only 88 Kingdom
2009 Thankful 172 25
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Holiday albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[5] Record label
US US
R&B
1979 Happy Holidays to You 201 50 SOLAR
1982 Happy Holidays to You (re-release) 58
1994 Christmas Moments 42 Capitol
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Record label
US US
R&B
2007 Live from Las Vegas Satin Tie
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[5] Record label
US US
R&B
1975 Greatest Hits 48 Janus
1982 The Best of the Whispers 180 SOLAR
1989 Vintage Whispers
1990 In the Mood
Greatest Hits Unidisc
1994 30th Anniversary Anthology Sequel
1996 Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 1 87 SOLAR
1997 Greatest Hits 89
2000 The Best of the Whispers EMI-Capitol
2001 Early Gold & New Spins Purple Pyramid
Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 2 SOLAR
2002 Best of the Whispers BMG Int'l
2003 Anthology The Right Stuff
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[8]
US US
R&B
US
A/C
US
Dance
UK[7][9]
1969 "The Time Will Come" - 19 - - -
1970 "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong" 50 6
"There's a Love for Everyone" 116 31
1971 "Your Love Is So Doggone Good" 93 19
1972 "Can't Help But Love You" 114 35
"I Only Meant to Wet My Feet" 27
"Somebody Loves You" 94 45
1974 "A Mother for My Children" 92 32 54
"Bingo" 40
"What More Can a Girl Ask For?" 60
"Where There Is Love" 15
1975 "In Love Forever" 40
1976 "One for the Money (Part 1)" 88 10 4
"Living Together (In Sin)" 101 21
1977 "You're Only as Good as You Think You Are" 91
"Make It with You" 94 10 16 59
"I'm Gonna Make You My Wife" 54
1978 "(Let's Go) All the Way" 101 10
"(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out" 13
1979 "Can't Do without Love" 43
"Homemade Lovin'" 66
"A Song for Donny" 21
1980 "And the Beat Goes On" 19 1 1 2
"Lady" 28 3 40 55
"My Girl" 26
1981 "It's a Love Thing" 28 2 4 9
"I Can Make It Better" 105 40 44
"This Kind of Lovin'" 17 20
1982 "In the Raw" 103 8 8
"Emergency" 22
1983 "Tonight" 84 4 18
"Keep on Lovin' Me" 4
"This Time" 110 32 81
1984 "Contagious" 105 10 59 56
1985 "Some Kinda Lover" 106 17 91
"Don't Keep Me Waiting" 60
"Hello Stranger" (with Carrie Lucas) 20
1987 "And the Beat Goes On" (re-release) 45
"Rock Steady" 7 1 49 38
"Special F/X" 69
"Just Gets Better with Time" 12
"In the Mood" 16
1988 "No Pain, No Gain" 74 81
1990 "Innocent" 55 3
"My Heart Your Heart" 4
1991 "Is It Good to You" 7
"I Want 2B the 1 4U" 58
1995 "Make Sweet Love to Me" 41
"Come on Home" 60
1996 "Caravan of Love" (with Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons) 89
1997 "My, My, My" 73
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

Legacy[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Whispers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Whispers were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.

SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com[edit]

  • Inducted: Group Or Duo* (December 2012)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vocalgroup.org/inductees/the_whispers.html
  2. ^ http://www.rhythm-n-blues.org/awards_2008.php
  3. ^ http://www.soulmusic.com/halloffame
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geghe6M0oXY
  5. ^ a b c "The Whispers US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "The Whispers US albums certification history". riaa.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  7. ^ a b "The Whispers UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  8. ^ "The Whispers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  9. ^ BMRB Chart May 1974 Top 50 plus Top 10 Breakers

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