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Detroit Emeralds


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The Emeralds formed as a vocal harmony group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and originally comprised four brothers, Ivory (born 14 September 1941), Abrim (born Abe Tilmon, 12 January 1945 - 6 July 1982), Cleophus and Raymond Tilmon. After Cleophus and Raymond left, the remaining Tilmon brothers were joined by childhood friend, James Mitchell. Moving to Detroit, Michigan and expanding their name to the Detroit Emeralds, the then trio had their first R&B chart success on Ric-Tic Records, with “Show Time” in 1968.

In 1970, they joined the Westbound record label. When touring in Memphis, Tennessee, they recorded some demo tracks at the Hi recording studios, run by producer Willie Mitchell, to which they then added vocals and strings back in Detroit. This approach worked and brought them another hit, “If I Lose Your Love”, which was followed by a run of successes, including “Do Me Right”, “You Want It, You Got It” and “Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)” which all made the R&B Top 10 while the latter also reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1972.

The song for which they are now best remembered, “Feel The Need In Me”, reached #22 R&B in 1973 and a new, much longer version four years later also charted. The original track made the top five in the UK Singles Chart in 1973 and the later production also made the UK chart in 1977 (#12). “You Want It” was re-released in the UK as a follow-up to the initial “Feel The Need In Me”, also reaching the UK Top 20 in 1973. Abe Tilmon wrote all of their hits, while also arranging and producing the tracks.


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  • barryvs

    Shocking lack of plays/shouts here. Incredible.

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • UKNJ

    Exile samples 'I'll Never Sail The Seas Again' so perfectly in the track 'Cold Hearted'. Amazing.

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Marxism1

    jesus, this is perfection.

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I guess there's no ["The"] in the band name, at least according to LastFM. Anyway, the dearth of shouts is sacrilege I say. . . after all, “Feel The Need In Me” is a 70 soul/disco crossover classic. The 7 minute version (released a few years later than the original) is a real cracker too. Ignore the pathetic inferior 30 second version here; my copies are absolutely perfect in every way

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tea5girl

    Methinks their orginal recording is better???????

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dnlxl

    0 shouts? haha

    6 Oct 2008 Reply

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