Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Persuaders

Artist:The Persuaders
Song:Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Album:Thin Line Between Love And Hate

The Persuaders scored their biggest hit with Thin Line Between Love And Hate in 1971. They were formed in New York City in 1969 out of the ashes of other vocal groups. The lead singer was Douglas "Smokey" Scott. Other members were Willie Holland, James Barnes and Charles Stodghill. The Persuaders signed with Atco Records and were produced by Richard and Bobby Poindexter and Bobby's wife Jackie Members. They had previously worked with the O'Jays and Linda Jones in the 60s. They wrote and produced Thin Line Between Love And Hate. It topped the R&B Singles charts and it reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would turn out to be The Persuaders biggest hit. The single Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) was a top ten R&B hit. Both are on the budget reissue of the album Thin Line Between Love And Hate. Some fans may recall The Pretenders charted with their 1984 cover of Thin Line Between Love And Hate. The Persuaders were affected by personnel changes and though they didn't have much success, a couple of their songs were hits for others. They first recorded Some Guys Have All the Luck in 1973. Rod Stewart's 1984 cover was much bigger. They also recorded Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me in 1974 around the same time as Gladys Knight and the Pips. Gladys scored the hit version. The Persuaders faded by the late 70s. A couple of versions of the group still tour the oldies circuit. There are no original members in either group. Here's The Persuaders performing Thin Line Between Love And Hate on Soul Train 1971.

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