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George Perkins & The Silver Stars

Cryin' In The Streets Part 1

George Perkins & The Silver Stars

Cryin' In The Streets Part 1


The sanctified purity of George Perkins & The Silver Stars' two-part Cryin' In The Streets is so marvelously undiluted that it eloquently testifies to the wide-open ears of the era's R&B radio programmers. The blend of Perkins' falsetto-enriched vocals, Frank Turner's deeper pipes, and the call-and-response reactions of the rest of The Stars over a hypnotic, stripped-down rhythm section scream Sunday morning in the pulpit—and that's where the group sprang from. 

Born in Walker, Louisiana (near Baton Rouge) on September 28, 1942, Perkins formed The Silver Stars with Turner, James and Daniel Stewart, Henry Colar, and Walker Bell in 1962 to sing gospel. In '68, Perkins was approached by Baton Rouge producer Ed Harrison, who went by the handle of Ebb-Tide, to cut Cryin' In The Streets, written by a trio of New York composers. The deeply atmospheric two-sider, its lyrics reflecting the pain and sorrow the nation felt after Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, came out first on the Baton Rouge-based Golden logo, Ebb-Tide sharing production credit with Jimmy Angel and Ron Shaab. It stirred up local noise before Shaab took it to SSS International boss Shelby Singleton in Nashville. Shelby issued it on the Silver Fox logo he ran with Lelan Rogers, and it made it to #12 R&B and #61 pop. They toured with Gladys Knight & The Pips, Tyrone Davis, and Sly & The Family Stone and shared an Apollo Theatre bill with The Delfonics.

Perkins grew dissatisfied with a lack of royalties from Singleton and refused to fork over the masters for a projected album. Silver Fox wasn't long for the world anyway, and that was it for Perkins' national profile. He cut a splendid deep soul ballad, How Can A Broke Man Survive, for Golden before breaking with Ebb-Tide and making two more stirring singles for Bobby Patterson and Jerry Strickland's Soul Power logo in Shreveport.

Though Perkins back-burnered his musical pursuits for the relative stability of the insurance business in the mid-'70s, he still released an occasional platter. In 1996, he and The Silver Stars reunited to sing gospel again, eventually making a couple of CDs. 

- Bill Dahl -

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