| The Exciters
"The first of the vocally aggressive girl groups, the Exciters, led the way for acts like the Ronettes and The Shangri-Las. The Exciters were originally a quartet of seventeen year olds who were high school classmates in Queens, New York. Then called the Masterettes, the group consisted of Barbara Reid on lead, Sylvia Williams, Lillian Walker, and Carol Johnson. It was in the early 60s, while doing local shows with "brother" group the Masters, that they met bassman Herb Rooney. Rooney found the Masterettes' harmonies to be solid and felt Reid's powerful voice made the group exciting. Soon the group came to the attention of producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who were so excited that they renamed them the Exciters..." >>>presented by History of Rock
"Formed in the Jamaica district of Queens, New York City, this aptly named group, which included Herb Rooney (b. 1941, New York City, New York, USA), Brenda Reid (b. 1945), Carol Johnson (b. 1945) and Lillian Walker (b. 1945), first came to prominence with the vibrant 'Tell Him', a US Top 5 hit in 1962 (also a hit in the UK for Billie Davis in 1963). Produced by Leiber And Stoller and written by Bert Berns (under his pseudonym Bert Russell), the single's energy established the pattern for subsequent releases. 'Do Wah Diddy' (later a hit by Manfred Mann ) and 'He's Got The Power' took elements from both uptown soul and the all-female group genre, but later singles failed fully to exploit this powerful combination. >>>presented by Yahoo!
| The Exciters
"Despite the presence of lone male Herb Rooney, the Exciters made some of the best girl-group records of the early '60s. Led by vibrant-voiced Brenda Reid, the originally all-female quartet came from Jamaica, NY, as the Masterettes. After signing on with saxist Al Sears as their manager, they switched their name to the Exciters and cut "Tell Him" in 1962 for United Artists. Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the brilliant uptown soul effort proved a major smash. Reid's roaring pipes were expertly spotlighted on the follow-ups "He's Got the Power," "Get Him," and their original reading of "Do-Wah-Diddy..." >>>presented by All Music Guide
"It's so exciting! Vocally they might not have had the best close knit harmonies, but what they lacked in conformity, they made up for in style and sheer excitement. The Exciters were a combination of two groups in the early sixties. The Masters were an all-male group featuring Herb Rooney, while a sister group including Brenda Reid, Sylvia Wilbur, Carol Johnson and Lillian Walker became the Masterettes. Both groups had made recordings at Lesage Records before meeting up with Al Sears..." >>>presented by Girl Group Chronicles
Listen to The Exciters - Tell Him
Listen to Real Audio and LiquidAudio samples of all the great songs by the Exciters here:
A collection of recordings by the Exciters.
Tracks: 1 Tell Him; 2 Hard Way To Go; 3 Drama Of Love; 4 I Dreamed; 5 It's Love That Really Counts; 6 Are You Keeping Score?; 7 Say It With Love; 8 He's Got The Power; 9 Remember Me; 10 So Long, Goodnight; 11 Handful Of Memories; 12 Get Him; 13 It's So Exciting; 14 If Love Came Your Way; 15 Do-Wah-Diddy; 16 We Were Lovers (When The Party Began); 17 Having My Fun; 18 All Grown Up; 19 Tell Him (unedited version); 20 He's Got The Power (unedited version).>>>presented by Yahoo Music
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