Little Royal and The Swingmasters

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Little Royal
LittleRoyal.jpg
Background information
Birth name Royal Torrence
Born (1933-11-20)November 20, 1933
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died September 29, 2016(2016-09-29) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Genres Northern soul, soul, funk
Occupation(s) Entertainer
Instruments Vocals
Labels King
Tri-us
Carnival Records
Associated acts James Brown

Little Royal and The Swingmasters was an American soul and R&B group active in the 1960s and 1970s. Little Royal was the half-brother of James Brown.

Notable people who have performed with Little Royal include Teddy Pendergrass[1] and Bobby Parker.[2]

The title track of his album Jealous, reached #15 on Billboard's Best-Selling Soul Singles chart on August 5, 1972.[3] His song, "Razor Blade" was sampled by 16 artists, including Ice-T, Lord Finesse and J Dilla [4]

Little Royal died at the age of 82 on September 29, 2016.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "Little Royal"
  • Title: Jealous
  • Label: King 1145-498
  • Release date and origin: 1972/ USA

Songs:

  1. "Jealous"
  2. "I'll Come Crawling"
  3. "Razor Blade"
  4. "Keep on Pushing Your Luck"
  5. "Losing Bbattle"
  6. "Panama Red"
  7. "You'll Lose a Good Thing"
  8. "That's My Desire"
  9. "Soul Train"
  10. "Rainbow"
  11. "My Love Needs Company"

Singles[edit]

  • "I Can Tell" / "You Know (You Made Me Love You)" (Carnival, 1967)[6]
  • "Jealous" / "Razor Blade" (Tri-us, 1972)
  • "I'll Come Crawling" / "Panama Red" (Tri-us, 1972)
  • "I Surrender" / "Soul Train" (Tri-us, 1972)
  • "Keep On Pushing Your Luck" / "(I Want To Be Free) Don't Want Nobody Standing Over Me" (Tri-us, 1973)
  • "My Love Needs Company" / "I'm Glad To Do It" (Tri-us, 1973)
  • "Miss Lady" / "Rainbow" (Tri-us, 1975) [7]
  • "Groovin-Ain't No Love-Just My Imagination" / "Bring it on Home-Higher and Higher" (Flame, 1985)[8]
  • "Down on the Sand" / "Down on the Sand Part II" (Flame, 1986)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teddy Pendergrass official web page". Teddypendergrass.com\accessdate=2016-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Remembering D.C. Blues Guitarist Bobby Parker". Washington City Paper. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Little Royal - Chart history". Billboard. 1972-08-05. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Samples of Razor Blade by Little Royal & the Swingmasters". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  5. ^ "R.I.P. 70s star and James Brown "brother," Little Royal Torrence | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Little Royal Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1933-11-22. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Little Royal And The Swingmasters Discography - USA". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Little Royal - Down On The Sand / Down On The Sand (Part II) - Flame [NSD] - USA - NM 1720". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.