The "5" Royales

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The "5" Royales was a rhythm and blues (R&B) vocal group from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US, that combined gospel, jump blues and doo-wop, marking an early and influential step in the evolution of soul music. Most of their big R&B hits were recorded from 1952 to 1953 and written by guitarist Lowman "Pete" Pauling; later cover versions of the band's songs hit the Top 40, including "Dedicated to the One I Love" (the Shirelles, the Mamas & the Papas), "Tell the Truth" (Ray Charles), and "Think" (James Brown & The Famous Flames). Brown modeled his first vocal group after the "5" Royales, and both Eric Clapton and legendary Stax guitarist Steve Cropper cite Pauling as a key influence. Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger covered "Think" on his 1993 solo album Wandering Spirit. The 5 Royales have been inducted into the 2015 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame .

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Year Title RatingReleases
1957 Dedicated to You 2
1978 17 Hits 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 The Apollo Sessions 1
2014 The Definitive "5" Royals: King A&B Sides 1
Anthology 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1963 I'm Standing in the Shadows / Doin' Everything 1

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