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BLACK IVORY
Black Ivory was formed in 1969 by fellow members, Russell Patterson, and Stuart Bascombe. Later they asked their friend Leroy Burgess III to join and sing lead. They called themselves "Mellow Souls."

While shopping around for labels to get a deal, they met a songwriter / producer named Patrick Adams, who was in a group called "Sparks". Adams was no stranger to the music industry, knew the tricks of the trade and took the group under his wing. He initated the name change to "Black ivory" and signed the group to a newly formed label named "Today".

The Today label was a subsidiary of the sister label, "Perception", which at time featured "The Fatback Band" and great poet Wanda Robinson, who would record her first LP on the label, using Black Ivory's music as the background during her poetry recitation.
 
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Black Ivory July 1974 Interview
THERE WAS a time when Black Ivory, three young teenagers from New York, looked destined to become one of America's leading vocal groups. Then they slipped into a period of inactivity that has only recently been broken with the release of a single on a new label for the trio. It cannot be considered an accident that the company that the trio were originally with has gone into bankruptcy and it seems that it is the classic situation of a potentially good group being stuck with a small but not p...
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Black Ivory 2012 SoulMusic.com Interview
Interview recorded February 28, 2012 In 1971, three young men from Harlem cut their debut single "Don't Turn Around". 41 years and many classics...
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