5 royales

What group began the rhythm and blues tradition?  Well, some musical scholars say Hank Ballard, and , others say Sam Cooke or Ray Charles.  But some argue that the 5 Royales were the originators of rhythm and blues with such as songs like “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Think” that James Brown and Aretha Franklin recorded.

The Royales were probably the first group to bring the gospel into R&B, and their sound was the nascent beginning of a generation of soul music although, Rev. Tommy Dorsey is credited with bringing the blues beat into the church in the mid-1930s.  The beautiful dual leads of Johnny and Eugene Tanner, supported by the guitar acrobatics of Lowman Pauling thrilled audiences for several decades, and catapulted the Royales to stardom.

On On April 18, the group will be recognized by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.  Legendary guitarists Steve Cropper who wrote such tunes as “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” and “Knock On Wood” will have the honor of making the induction.

Members of the family and friends are trying to raise money for the trip to Cleveland by holding a “Sock Hop” on April 10 at the National Guard Armory, 2000 Silas Creek Pkwy., Winston-Salem, N.C.  The cost is $20 per attendee to the dance.

Contact Bobby Ray Wilson at (336) 406-5138 or by e-mail at xxxzoology55@yahoo.com for additional information.