"When I tune it in between two station the sound communicates with the voices in my head."
Born on this day, July 24 in 1940 in New York City, Rex Garvin started taking piano lesson at a young age and by the time he was 15 he had song reach number #8 on the Billboard R&B charts, “Lonely Nights”, as the bass singer in the female vocal group the Hearts (who were considered my many as the first female Doo-Wop group.)
At the age of 21, Garvin formed his own group, Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers, released their debut single “”Go Little Willie" / "Emulsified" and became a hot group on the chitlin’ circuit. Though the band didn’t have much in the way of chart success songs such as "Oh Yeah!" (1962), "Sock It To Em J.B." (1966 and covered by the Specials in in 1980 on More Specials), “I Gotta Go Now (Up On The Floor)" (1967) and “Strange Happenings" (1971) have become standards at any soul dance party worth attending.
Rex Garvin quit the music business in 1975 but continued to play the occasional gig til 1985. He passed away at the age of 73 in December 2013.
Read a great interview with Rex here.
Schlitz beer, Dewar’s White Label, Beefeater Gin, Schweppes Ginger Ale and whatever weed shake is in that plastic bag. Someone has their party plan in effect.