Darrell Banks

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Darrell Banks
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Background information
Birth nameDarrell Eubanks
Born(1937-07-25)July 25, 1937
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
DiedFebruary 24, 1970(1970-02-24) (aged 32)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresSoul, northern soul
Years activeUntil 1970
LabelsRevilot, Stax, Atco, Atlantic

Darrell Banks (born Darrell Eubanks; July 25, 1937 – February 24, 1970) was an American soul singer. He had a hit with 1966's "Open the Door to Your Heart".


Born in Mansfield, Ohio,,[1] Banks grew up in Buffalo, New York, and learned to sing in gospel churches before choosing a career in secular music. He signed with Solid Hitbound Productions/Revilot Records, who released his 1966 single "Open the Door to Your Heart"[1] (which, curiously, is legally named "Baby Walk Right In"), written by Donnie Elbert.[2] When the single came out, Banks was credited as the songwriter instead of Elbert, and a protracted legal battle ensued; however, while the courts settled the matter (eventually in Elbert's favor), the tune scaled the US charts, peaking at No. 2 R&B and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A second single, "Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You",[1] hit No. 34 R&B and No. 55 pop later that year.[3] Moving to Atco Records, he released the singles "Here Come the Tears" / "I've Got That Feelin" and "Angel Baby (Don't Ever Leave Me)" / "Look into the Eyes of a Fool" in 1967, neither of which charted.[1] Atco also released an album of his which included his Revilot singles. Atco subsidiary Cotillion Records released his last single under the Atlantic Records umbrella, "I Wanna Go Home" / "The Love of My Woman".

From there, Banks signed to Stax Records, who released another album of his in 1969 and two more non-charting singles. They would be Banks's last recordings; in February 1970, Banks was shot and killed by policeman Aaron Bullock in Detroit, Michigan, after Banks intervened in his affair with Banks's girlfriend, Marjorie Bozeman.[2]

In December 2014, collectors were bidding many thousands of pounds for a copy of "Open the Door to Your Heart" in an online auction held in the UK, the London Records pressing of the record was thought to be the only copy in circulation. It had previously been thought that all the original versions had been destroyed when rival label EMI won the rights to release the single.[4] It eventually sold for in excess of £14,000 (US$23,000).[5] Bank's recording of "Just Because Your Love Is Gone", released as a single on Stax Records in 1969 is also collectable, with Record Collector magazine listing its value at £100 in mint condition, although in 2009 a copy actually sold for twice that amount.[6]


  • Darrell Banks Is Here! (Atco Records, 1967)
  • Darrell Is Here to Stay (Stax Records, 1969)
  • The Lost Soul (compilation, 1997)


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 0-85112-733-9.
  2. ^ a b Biography, AllMusic
  3. ^ "Darrell Banks Songs • Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Musicvf.com.
  4. ^ "Soul fans in a spin over rare record". Bbc.co.uk. December 15, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rare Darrell Banks Vinyl Sells For $23,000". Contactmusic.com. December 22, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "DARRELL BANKS JUST BECAUSE YOUR LOVE IS GONE STAX 1969 - auction details". Popsike.com. Retrieved August 15, 2019.

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