Persuasions - The Catamount Years 1966-1971
Catamount Recording Artist
An Acappella Street Corner Vocal Group
This post is on the Persuasions early years with Catamount Records, Stan R. Krause and the Rev. Skip Jackson. The years would be 1966-1971. - In 1971 Stan produced their first Capitol LP and soon there after departed company with the Persuasions. Stan was the biggest promoter of live a cappella shows at the time. It was Krause who discovered the Persuasions, a vocal group from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn; it was he who sold the rights to their first album, "A Cappella," to a zany doo-wop aficionado named Frank Zappa in 1970. Zappa didn't just rescue the Persuasions from obscurity, he also initiated the recording career of the greatest a cappella group ever.
Frank Zappa heard The Persuasions singing over the phone from a New Jersey record shop known as Stan's Square Records. The store's owner, Stan Krause, was the group's manager at the time. Prior to that time, The Persuasions had recorded several a cappella tracks for Krause's record label, Catamount Records. Zappa had an appreciation for soul and street corner style singing, and after hearing the group, flew them to Los Angeles to record their album.
The Persuasions were the opening act at The Mothers concerts at Carnegie Hall, 1971.
1.2 Searchin for Me Baby
1.3 I Just Can't Work No Longer
1.4 Ol' Man River
1.5 Monologue Introduction
1.6 Don't Look Back
1.7 Drip Drop
1.8 The Whole World Is a Stage
1.9 Up on the Roof
1.10 The Bounce
1.11 Since I Fell for You
1.12 Too Late
1.13 It's All Right
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