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Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds at Shank Hall July 6th

Sat, 07/06/2013 - 9:00pm to Sun, 07/07/2013 - 1:00am
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An R&B band formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, in 1961. The members were lead vocalist and Harvey Scales (b. 1941, Arkansas, USA), Monny Smith, Bill Purtie, Rudy Jacobs, Al Vance, Bill Stonewall and Ray Armstead. In the late 60s with a new kind of hard soul called ‘funk’ on the horizon, and under this influence, Harvey Scales And The Seven Sounds, like numerous other groups at that time, made their presence felt recording new funk sounds. The group’s first hit, ‘Get Down’ (number 32 R&B, 1967), was recorded on Lenny LeCour’s Magic Touch label. The b-side, ‘Love-itis’, was later re-recorded by the rock group J. Geils Band. After signing with Chess Records, Scales and his group had a regional hit with the LeCour-produced ‘The Yolk’ in 1969. Later, under the aegis of Detroit producer Don Davis, the group recorded for Stax Records. In 1976, for southern soul hit-maker Johnnie Taylor, Scales co-wrote the massive hit ‘Disco Lady’ which was The FIRST Platinum Hit in RIAA History. That success secured Scales a recording contract with Casablanca, with whom the artist released two albums. Scales is still recording today. The last decade has seen a prominent ressurection of soul hits by bands like Kings Go Forth who use Harvey Scales & his band The Seven Sounds as a model for modern Soul Music.

Harvey Scales