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The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such up-tempo hits as the million-selling single “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “More Than a Woman,” and “Whodunit,” but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad “Check It Out.” Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, young-men-next-door image made them favorites on TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of “She’s Gone” written by the then relative unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.

The Tavares brothers — Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares nicknamed “Pooch,” “Tiny,” “Chubby,” and “Butch” — started the group in 1964 as Chubby and the Turnpikes in New Bedford, MA. Their grandparents taught them traditional Cape Verde folk songs, while their older brother John schooled them on doo wop singing. In 1969, the group became Tavares. They began singing in New England clubs and were signed to Capitol Records in 1973. Their debut album, Check It Out , was issued in early 1974. The title track slow jam single went to number five R&B on Billboard’s charts in summer 1973. The next single, the ballad “That’s the Sound That Lonely Makes,” hit number ten R&B in early 1974. Check It Out was followed by Hard Core Poetry in summer 1974, helmed by songwriting/production duo Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter (the Four Tops’ “Aint No Woman Like the One I Got”).


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