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The Sapphires

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The Sapphires were a vocal trio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A and comprised of Carol Jackson (lead vocalist), George Gainer and Joe Livingston.

Signed to the Swan record label by producer Jerry Ross, the trio’s first single releases were on that imprint. Their first single release was entitled ‘Where Is Johnny Now?’ b/w ‘Your True Love’.

Their follow up song was entitled ‘Who Do You Love?’, a song that made the pop charts, peaking at number 25 in 1964. Further singles, ‘I Found Out Too Late’ and ‘Gotta Be More Than Friends’ were less successful. Moving to ABC later in the Sixties, they failed to return to the charts. At ABC however they released the popular song ‘Let’s Break Up For A While’.

During their early career, the group were associated with Kenny Gamble, who arranged their vocals on the groups debut album release, ‘Who Do You Love’.

Their songs proved to be highly popular, at a later date, on the Northern Soul scene, including ‘Gotta Have Your Love’ (number 33 on the R & B charts in 1965 and featuring background vocals by Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford, and Melba Moore), ‘Evil One’, ‘Gonna Be a Big Thing’, and ‘Slow Fizz’ (1966). The latter song ended their contract with ABC and the group went their seperate ways.

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