First Listen: The Detroit Emeralds return with a "Victory"

(August 15, 2021) Back in 1966, brothers Abe and Ivory Tillman and James Mitchell, Jr. recorded the single “Showtime,” and thus began the legendary careers of The Detroit Emeralds. Their label, Ric Tic, later became a part of Motown, and Marvin Willis joined the group, replacing Abe, and The Detroit Emeralds began their productive years touring the US supporting such acts as Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown.

The group, with more personnel changes, went on to score more than a dozen chart hits in the 1970s, including “Do Me Right,” “You Want It, You Got It” and “Feel The Need In Me.” By the end of the decade the group split, but left a legacy of great soul hits.

(August 15, 2021) Back in 1966, brothers Abe and Ivory Tillman and James Mitchell, Jr. recorded the single “Showtime,” and thus began the legendary careers of The Detroit Emeralds. Their label, Ric Tic, later became a part of Motown, and Marvin Willis joined the group, replacing Abe, and The Detroit Emeralds began their productive years touring the US supporting such acts as Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown.

The group, with more personnel changes, went on to score more than a dozen chart hits in the 1970s, including “Do Me Right,” “You Want It, You Got It” and “Feel The Need In Me.” By the end of the decade the group split, but left a legacy of great soul hits.

Fortunately, a new generation of Detroit Emeralds arrived a few years ago, with LaVel Jackson, Eddie Cameron and Dewayne Loc Lomax joining founding member James Mitchell, Jr. And that version of the group has a brand new single in advance of an anticipated EP.

“Victory” is an electronics-fused dance number that has the vibe of the mid-80s funk of Cameo or The Gap Band. The group sounds great and has us doing the electric slide all over the room.

Check out “Victory” and welcome back The Detroit Emeralds to SoulTracks.

The Detroit Emeralds – “Victory”

 

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