Garnet Mimms !
I realised the other other day that a lotta folks didn’t know Garnet Mimms.
Remember, I’m here to spread the word after all.
Mr Mimms grew up in Philadelphia, where he sang in gospel groups such as the Evening Stars, the Harmonizing Four, and the group with which he would record his first record (in 1953), the Norfolk Four.
He returned to Philadelphia after serving in the military and formed doo-wop group The Gainors in 1958.
In 1961 Mimms left The Gainors to form a new group, Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters with Zola Pearnell and Charles Boyer.
The group moved to New York and began to work with successful songwriter/record producer Bert Berns.
Berns signed them to the United Artists label . Mimms and the Enchanters parted ways in 1964; the group to record separately with a new lead vocalist, while Mimms cut solo sides for UA steadily over the next few years.
Anyway, Garnet Mimms' pleading, gospel-derived intensity made him one of the earliest true soul singers !
Garnet Mimms :
* A Little Bit Of Soap *
* Tell Me Baby *
* As Long As I Have You *