One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. Recording a string of singles for the Dore label between 1964 and 1967, the group amassed a following in the Bay Area, and in 1970 they achieved their first Top 10 R&B hit, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong."
The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one Gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the '70s and '80s. The first group featured on the newly-formed Soul Train label, they gained national attention with their '70s albums One for the Money (1976), Open up Your Love (1977), and Headlights (1978). The last of these albums produced two singles that graced Billboard's Top 20 R&B Charts: "(Let's Go) All the Way" and "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out." The success kept coming through the '80s for The Whispers - their 1980 eponymous album was the group's first release to sell Platinum, spurred by the success of "A Song for Donny" and "And the Beat Goes On," and 1987's Just Gets Better with Time (featuring "Rock Steady") gave the group two Platinum-certified releases in a decade.
The Whispers' vocal style harkens back to a more genteel era of crooning, preferring soft pillow talk and songs that speak to heartfelt emotions. They are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors. In this new millennium, the group still performs around the world to thousands of loyal fans. Although Hutson has passed on and Harmon left the group long ago, the remaining original members still remain: Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, and Nicholas Caldwell, along with Leaveil Degree. The Whispers have a tremendous following on the both coasts, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Indiana, and Chicago. Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003, they're still going strong 10 years later as they approach their 50th anniversary, and they're still making musical magic in the studio and on the stage.
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