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The Controllers


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There are three artists with this name, one is an group and the other is a rock band.

1. This Birmingham, Alabama-based quartet commenced the establishment of their musical reputations in the late seventies. Originally part of an eight member gospel group they were down to just four by the time they entered junior high school. Their local notoriety in and around the Birmingham area led to their introduction to Cleve Eaton, bassist for the Ramsey Lewis Trio. Under Eaton’s guidance “The Soul Controllers” as they were then called, recorded their first single, called “Right On Brother, Right On”. It became a regional hit while they were still attending Fairfield High School.

Their growing reputation brought them to the attention of Juana Records, who signed them in 1975. Their first release on Juana, the “In Control” album immediately scored a smoking top ten hit “People Want Music”. Their second release from the album, “Somebody’s Got Win, Somebody’s Gotta Lose”, proved to be pure gold. It shot to the top of the charts to become the number one song in the country. This song established The Controllers and their unique song stylings.

With the word out about their dynamic singing quality and headlining abilities, they began to open for renown artists such as Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, B.B. King and the Temptations. Whom all readily admitted that the Controllers were now stars to contend with!

In 1983, The Controllers, signed with San Francisco-based manager, the late Jimmy Bee, where they soon landed a recording contract with MCA records. Their first release on the label, “the Controllers” , contained the top 15 single “Crush” (which featured none other than Stevie Wonder on harmonica).


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