60’s ‘Soul Clan’ member and prolific songwriter Don Covay used the backing group name ‘The Goodtimers’ off and on between 1961 and 1967. The name appears on his Rosemart singles, as well as on his Atlantic single releases. His debut album for Atlantic “Mercy” in 1964 does not mention the Goodtimers by name in the artists credits and little information exists that says who they may have been. Don Covay himself was born in South Carolina but moved to Washington D.C where he got involved with the doo-wop scene and opened for Little Richard who dubbed him Pretty Boy. He recorded his 1st hit single with Little Richard’s backing band called Bip Bop Bip in 1957 after it was picked up by Atlantic . He recorded many early singles for a bevy of labels including Blaze, Scepter, Columbia Parkwayand Sue. Along with contemporaries like Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Ben E. King, Arthur Conley and Joe Tex, they were dubbed The Soul Clan by their label Atlantic, and were considered the top soul singers & songwriters of the 60’s. Covay wrote at least 340 known BMI listed songs including the classic hit ‘Chain of Fools’ for Aretha Franklin.

Edited by dvoodoo on 30 Jun 2010, 20:07

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