As the years slip by, the appreciation of
the Masqueraders keeps getting higher. The
more people see and hear them, the more they
are in awe of their harmonizing skills.
Although they never had a huge hit, their
unique, classy singing keeps people
reverting to their old recordings
- Heikki Suosalo, Soul Express
In LocoBop’s collection of ten great tracks
by The Masqueraders, appropriately entitled
“So Nice,” the group’s style circa 1980 is
exemplified, with the addition of “When Old
Man Trouble Calls,” a track they released on
their own label (TNT) in 1992.
The Masqueraders’ genesis goes back fifty
years when Robert “Tex” Wrightsil formed a
group called The Stairs in his hometown of
Dallas, Texas. They recorded one record for
Sound Town, a local Dallas label, in 1959.
After several line-up changes, their
recording career as The Masqueraders began
in 1964. After a stint in Detroit, the group
has, for the most part, made Memphis,
Tennessee their home, where they still
(2008) actively perform, write, and record.