This LocoBop collection of love songs features the tight
vocal harmonies of three great Memphis vocal groups: The
Masqueraders, The Mad Lads, and The Browns.
The Masqueraders’ genesis goes back fifty years when
Robert “Tex” Wrightsil formed a group called The Stairs in
his hometown, Dallas, Texas. They recorded for a local label
in 1959 but didn’t find recording success until 1964. After
a stint in Detroit, the group has, for the most part, made
Memphis, Tennessee their home, where they still (2011)
actively perform, write, and record.
The Mad Lads ' doo wop harmonies were more akin to
Philadelphia than their native Memphis. Featuring the high,
innocent tenor of
the group was still in high school when they signed to Stax
in late 1964. Their three songs in this collection come from
their first new album in 40 years,
Love Songs for Lovers.
The album turned out to be a bittersweet milestone as key
member and group co-founder William Brown suffered a
career-ending stroke soon after the session wrapped up at
Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis.
The Browns: William Brown had also just finished
recording an album with his two younger brothers, Randy and
Bertram. Though Facing The Music was to be the start
of many Brown Brothers collaborations, the album was the
only time the brothers recorded together as a group. Randy
Brown was lead singer of The Newcomers, signed to Volt
Records, before a solo career that produced several chart
singles. Bertram, the youngest Brown, was also in The
Newcomers, before finding chart success as lead singer with