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Donnie Elbert


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(25 May 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana — died 26 January 1989) was an American vocalist, and had a prolific career in the 1950s. His reputation was secured by “A Little Piece Of Leather”, a compulsive performance highlighting Elbert’s falsetto voice. The song became a standard at UK soul clubs, when released on the Sue record label.

Elbert moved to the UK in the 1960s where he recorded his version of The Supremes’ hit “Where Did Our Love Go”. It was released on the All Platinum Records label. He returned to the U.S. in 1969, before the single reached Number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1973.

He had a small string of minor successes in 1970s, with mainly northern soul orientated offerings. These included:-

* “Where Did Our Love Go?” (1972)
* “I Can’t Help Myself”
* “A Little Piece Of Leather”
* “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” - (1977)

By the mid 1980s Elbert had retired from performing, and became director of A&R for Polygram’s Canadian division. His reign was not long-lived. Elbert suffered a massive stroke and died in 1989, at the age of 52.


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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