They have been called the first successful Midwestern R&B group. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie Hudson to be the first true leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone.
The original members included:
Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (June 11, 1934 – January 16, 2007) Ernest Warren (December 2, 1933 - May 7, 2012) Willie C. Jackson (died February 18, 2015; aged 79) Opal Courtney, Jr. (November 22, 1936 –…
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