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For Your Precious Love
by The Impressions, feat. Arthur Brooks, vocal/co-writer
Arthur Brooks (c.1932 to 2015) was an American singer/composer, with 'The Impressions'. Arthur Brooks was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in about 1932. He attended Howard High School, forming his first group from friends he met there, and calling it 'The Four Roosters And A Chick', which comprised Brooks, Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, plus Emanuel and Catherine Thompson. However, when he decided their best chance of success would be to move to Chicago, only Gooden wanted to go with him, so Brooks recruited his younger brother Richard to join them, and they duly arrived in the Windy City, attending the city's Washburn High School. Here, they met Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, and formed another group, known just as 'The Roosters'. After they successfully won first prize in a local talent show, they signed with Eddie Thomas, a local Chicago promotions man, who became their manager. In 1957, he changed their name to 'Jerry Butler and The Impressions', and they recorded "For Your Precious Love" (featured here), written by Arthur and Richard Brooks, and released on the 'Vee-Jay', 'Falcon' and 'Abner' labels. It soon became a hit, reaching No. 11 on the US pop charts and No. 3 on the US R&B charts. In the wake of the group's third 'Abner' release, "The Gift Of Love", Butler left the group to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by original band member Fred Cash, with the group reverting to the name of just 'The Impressions'. However, in 1959, following the release of the single "Lonely One", 'Vee-Jay' decided to drop the group from their artist roster (although they continued to release their material). In 1962, Arthur and Richard Brooks left the group and moved to Detroit, linking up with their brother Harrison to form a songwriting/performing team. The three first became involved with the tiny independent 'Card' label, and then later worked for 'Detroit Sound Studios', where, among other production projects, they recorded the Northern soul outing "Looking For A Woman" for the studio's subsidiary label, 'Tay'. In 1966, Richard and Arthur signed with their former mentor Eddie Thomas for his newly formed 'Thomas' label, where (as 'The Brooks Brothers') they recorded just one release, "You Got Something Baby". In the 1970s, they formed an extended family group, aptly named 'Brothers, Sisters and Cousins', later changing it to 'Bits and Pieces'. Arthur Brooks' last known activity in music was as part of the 1978 reincarnation of 'The Impressions', this time called the 'Old (M) Pressions'. Arthur Brooks died back in Chattanooga on November 22nd 2015, aged 82. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/nov/26/arthur-brooks-impressions-fame-dies/337674/
c.1932 - 2015 - United States
Posted: 8th December 2015
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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