Jerry Lawson, the smooth baritone lead singer and arranger of the fabled a cappella group, The Persuasions, died July 10 at a Phoenix, Arizona hospice following a long illness. He was 75. His wife, Julie Lawson, was at his side.
written by Rip Rense on The Rip Post at riprense.com
Honor original lead singer Jerry Lawson by diving into the eclectic a cappella group’s extensive catalog.
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“I loved everything about The Persuasions–especially Jerry’s singing,” says English singer-songwriter Harvey Shield, who was in a 1960s group with future Deep Purple Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Roger Glover and Ian Gillan before forming a cappella doo-wop group The Mighty Echoes in 1986.
written by Jim Bessman on centerline.news
Forget Pentatonix and Straight No Chaser. Forget The Nylons. And as special as they are, walk right by Take Six. When examining the explosion of popular a cappella acts, all roads lead back to The Persuasions, a true anachronism of a group that stood tall for a half century and more than two dozen albums, paving the way for all that would come later.
written by Chris Rizik on soultracks.com
Jerry Lawson: The Voice of Mortal Man. After an astounding 50 years in the music, at the age of 71, musical dreams continue to come true for this one-time kid from a juke joint in Apopka.
written by Michael Limnios Blues Network on blues.gr