R.I.P. David "Cowboy" Sanders of The Masqueraders

(August 16, 2020) They never achieved the notoriety that many of the other soul groups of the 60s and 70s did, but The Masqueraders have certainly showed longevity, performing for 60 years in various forms. Today we’re sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of bass singer David “Cowboy” Sanders, who was part of the Masqueraders for a half century.

Sanders joined the Dallas-based group, which was formed by Charlie Moore and Robert Tex, in the early 60s, just before the group moved to Detroit, then the center of the soul music world. While they didn’t get signed by Motown, they stuck around the Motor City, and recorded several singles on the La Beat label. But their Gospel-influenced sound was a better fit for the gritty soul vibes in Memphis, and they finally found two hits there in 1968 with “I’m Just An Average Guy” and “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else.”

(August 16, 2020) They never achieved the notoriety that many of the other soul groups of the 60s and 70s did, but The Masqueraders have certainly showed longevity, performing for 60 years in various forms. Today we’re sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of bass singer David “Cowboy” Sanders, who was part of the Masqueraders for a half century.

Sanders joined the Dallas-based group, which was formed by Charlie Moore and Robert Tex, in the early 60s, just before the group moved to Detroit, then the center of the soul music world. While they didn’t get signed by Motown, they stuck around the Motor City, and recorded several singles on the La Beat label. But their Gospel-influenced sound was a better fit for the gritty soul vibes in Memphis, and they finally found two hits there in 1968 with “I’m Just An Average Guy” and “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else.”

They continued to record and perform in the Memphis area for another decade, scoring minor hits with “Love, Peace and Understanding” and “Let The Love Bells Ring.” While hit became harder to come by after that, the group continued on, backing other major vocalists and performing tirelessly. Sanders retired a few years ago, but The Masqueraders continued as a trio, with members Robert “Tex” Wrightsil, Harold Thomas, and Sam Hutchins. They even had an auspicious appearance three years ago on the television show America’s Got Talent, where they received a standing ovation.

They may not be a household name, but The Masqueraders have provided great soul music to fans for an incredible length of time, and we praise Mr. Sanders for his integral role in the group’s success.

Thanks to SoulTracker Colton for letting us know

 
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