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Donnie Elbert


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Donnie Elbert (May 25, 1936 – January 26, 1989) was an American soul singer, who had a prolific career from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. His US hits included “Where Did Our Love Go?” (1972), and his reputation as a Northern soul artist in the UK was secured by “A Little Piece of Leather”, a performance highlighting his powerful falsetto voice.

Elbert was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but when aged three his family relocated to Buffalo, New York. He learned to play guitar and piano as a child, and in 1955 formed a doo-wop group, the Vibraharps, with friend Danny Cannon. Elbert acted as the group’s guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and background vocalist, making his recording debut on their single “Walk Beside Me”. He left the group in 1957 for a solo career, and recorded a demonstration record that earned him a recording contract with the King label’s DeLuxe subsidiary. His solo debut “What Can I Do?” reached #12 in the U.S. R&B chart, and he followed it up with the less successful “Believe It or Not” and “Have I Sinned?”, which became a regional hit in Pittsburgh.

He continued to release singles on DeLuxe, but with little commercial success, and also played New York’s Apollo Theater and toured the chitlin’ circuit of African-American owned nightclubs.


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  • elaraiderette

    Donnie is my favorite. I love all of his songs!!! let's do the stroll is a classic... and pretty prrrrrrrrretty baby is the business :)

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • dobbin

    this is on decca - the world of hits vol 3, its a great song, decca had cred then.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • lostsoulmajor

    One of my fave Northern artists; if you like this, check out Towerfull O' Soul, Friday 24th July 2009 at the River Bar, 206 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1.

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • StereoNazi

    this guy is class.

    15 Nov 2008 Reply

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