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The Showmen were a New Orleans-based pop group formed in 1961. They will be most remembered for their classic track "It Will Stand" on Minit Records. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Minit Records was a record label originally based in New Orleans and founded by Joe Banashak. ...


Unlike the majority of artists that recorded for New Orleans labels controlled by Joe Banashak, The Showmen were not from Crescent City or close surrounds. They all came from Norfolk, Virginia, motovating to New Orleans in May 1961 and April 1962 to record fifteen titles under the studio supervision of the then barely known Allen Toussaint. Crescent City is the county seat of Del Norte County, California. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Paul Shaffer (L) and Allen Toussaint on the September 7, 2005 show of The Late Show with David Letterman Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. In the 1960s and 1970s...


General Norman Johnson, at the age of twelve, formed the group The Humdingers that would eventually become The Showmen with school friends the same neighbourhood. By this time he had acquired the nickname 'Cricket' ( after the insect)


In the late fifties, Noah Biggs of Norfolk, Virginia began managing The Humdingers, not long after Cricket graduated from high school Biggs organised a demonstration recording session for the group and sent the resulting tape to Joe Banashak set up in New Orleans. The songs on the demo tape were "The Owl Sees You", "For You My Darling", "Skinny McGinny" and "I Go On Loving You". Banashak was sufficiently smitten to despatch Allen Toussaint to Washington D.C. to record The Humdingers professionally. Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...


"Our Love Will Stand" on the Swan label became a classic Northern Soul track listed as number 382 on the Northern Soul All Time Top 500. This article or section needs additional references or sources. ...

  • General Norman Johnson, lead singer
  • Milton 'Smokes' Wells, bass guitar
  • Dorsey 'Chops' Knight, second tenor
  • Gene 'Cheater' Knight, first tenor
  • Leslie 'Fat Boy' Felton, baritone

In 1968 Johnson left the group, an amicable split, to begin his association with Holland-Dozier-Holland's venture to be called Invictus Records. He became leader of the group Chairmen of the Board. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Holland-Dozier-Holland is a songwriting and production team consisting of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ... Invictus Records was a record label created by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland. ... Chairmen of the Board was a 1970s, Detroit based soul group. ...


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