By Marv Goldberg
Based on interviews with Bernard Purdie and George Cox
© 2003 by Marv Goldberg
The Avalons were one of the four R&B groups from Newport News, Virginia to record in the 50s (the others were the 5 Keys, the Leaders, and the Chateaus). Although both the Leaders and the Chateaus were highly influenced by the 5 Keys, the Avalons, as we'll see, were much more intertwined with them.
Our story begins around 1947, with the formation of a group called…
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