Thursday Throwback: The Moments

The music of The Moments is synonymous with the sound of classic soul.  The group originally formed in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1960s and consisted of Mark Greene, Eric Olfus, Sr., Richard Gross and John Morgan.  They recorded a few songs on a local record label and eventually signed with New Jersey-based Stang Records, an independent label headed up by Sylvia Robinson, who would later become a hip hop pioneer with her rap label Sugar Hill Records. While with Stang, The Moments recorded the chart-topping hits “Love On A Two Way Street” and “Look At Me (I’m In Love).”  They also hit the top ten with the hit “Sexy Mama” and a soulful rendition of The Ink Spots classic “If I Didn’t Care.” (Fans of the television series Sanford and Son know that tune as one of Fred Sanford’s favorites).  In the late 1970s the group experienced creative differences with Stang and left the label to sign with Polydor Records.  Since Stang owned the group’s name, the group changed their name to reflect the new line-up of members Harry Ray, Al Goodman and William “Billy” Brown.  As Ray Goodman and Brown, they released their debut album of the same name which struck gold thanks to the old school classic single “Special Lady,” a crossover hit which made it to the top of the R&B chart and number five on the pop chart.  The group also hit the charts with tunes like “Happy Anniversary” and a cover of the Platters’ “My Prayer.” In the 1990s, Ray, Goodman and Brown toured with classic soul groups such as The Stylistics and The Chi-Lites.  Original Moments member Mark Greene eventually acquired the trademark of the group’s name and currently records and performs as The Moments featuring Mark Greene.

–Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.MontroseMusic.com, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.

 

One Comment

  1. Jo Gamble says:

    It’s alway a pleasure hitting this site with it’s amazing works,everyone knows I’m Harry #1 fan starting 1969 until he passed 20 years ago Oct 1,
    God always takes the best at the most unexpected time. Thanks for sharing and please continue your “THANG”

    JoGamble

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