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The Spaniels

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When you go back to the great early days of group harmony history, you find so many great groups and so much great talent. Many of the originator groups came out of New York or Los Angeles and a few came out of the Midwest via Chicago. Maybe the finest group to hail from the Windy City area (Gary, Indiana, actually) were the Spaniels with legendary lead man Pookie Hudson. They were a truely innovative group. Many group harmony historians say that the Spaniels were the first group with a true lead singer - as Pookie would sing behind one microphone and the rest of the group around a second. And their music has prevailed to this day as a great example of the early days of R&B and is a great example of all the talent that abounded during those terrific early years.

James “Pookie” Hudson has been singing since he was 8 years old. His early influences were groups like the Charioteers, the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. “Then along came Sonny Til and the Orioles,” Pookie recalls, “and the music kind of changes at that point.” At the age of 13, he started singing at church when a friend named Billy Shelton asked him to join the choir. Pookie, Billy and a third guy named Calvin Fox would later form their own group called the Three Bees singing gospel and contemporary songs. They added a fourth member - William Dooley and they became the Four Bees. The other three members graduated before Pookie. Meanwhile, four other guys from Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana, Ernest Warren (first tenor), Opal Courtney, Jr. (baritone), Willie Jackson (second tenor), and Gerald Gregory (bass) started hanging out and singing together.

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