Little Royal and The Swingmasters

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Little Royal
LittleRoyal.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRoyal Torrence
Born(1933-11-20)November 20, 1933
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedSeptember 29, 2016(2016-09-29) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
GenresNorthern soul, soul, funk
Occupation(s)Entertainer
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsKing
Tri-us
Carnival Records

Little Royal and The Swingmasters was an American soul and R&B group active in the 1960s and 1970s. Due to the resemblance, both physically and stylistically, Little Royal was often called "James Brown's little brother".

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.