Classics: The Whispers- In The Raw (SOLAR)
The opening cut to their 1981 ‘Love Is Where You Find It’ album, ‘In The Raw’ is probably both The Whispers and their producer (Leon F Sylvers III)’s most infectious jam ever. With the latter recruiting some of is family members on its recording session. Beginning with Foster Sylvers, responsible for its slammin’ bassline. But also James and Patricia on keyboards. Not to mention Charmaine who co-wrote it.
“There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from what you really are inside. You never gain from tellin’ lies. The truth wears no disguise…” Differently said, no matter what, there’s no escape from what you truly are. As many words sayin’ it all as to what this song is about. With The Whispers eventually rappin’ on it.
Texas natives Walter and Wallace Scott formed The Whispers soon after moving to Los Angeles, CA back in 1964. Eventually joined by Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon which Leaveil Degree replaced in 1973 after he injured his larynx in a car crash. The Whispers releasing their self-titled debut-album back in 1969 on Soul Clock.
The band had moderate success though until they started working with producer Leon F Sylvers III (Shalamar, Dynasty, Lakeside…). Their second eponymous album, released in 1979 including the memorable ‘And The Beat Goes On’ and ‘Out The Box’. 2 gems in an infectious vein which The Whispers set their new reputation on. Following the vibe with tracks such as ‘It’s A Love Thing’ and ‘I Can’t Make It Better For You’. But also ‘In The Raw’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Contagious’. Not to mention ‘Rock Steady’ which saw them collaborating with the then emerging production pair made of L.A. & Babyface. As a matter of fact, it’s fair to say the band had their heyday on SOLAR.
Switching to Capitol Records with the release of their ‘More Of The Night’ album featuring the Robert Brookins produced ‘Innocent’, they started losin’ their status from then. Delivering a majority of M.O.R. R&B/Soul cuts.
Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer and sadly died of it in 2000.
Nicholas Caldwell sadly passed of congestive heart failure on Jan. 05, 2016 at his Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA home.