ROW) John "Cousey" Harris, vocals/percussions(washboard);
Curtis Johnson, vocals/percussions; Harold "Quake" Johnson,
vocals/percussions; Jerry Jones, lead vocals; Alvin Potts,
keyboards/vocals; Lee Cox, tenor sax/vocals; Ronald Echols, baritone
sax/vocals; (FRONT ROW) Oscar Smith, guitar/vocals; Charles Alridge, Drums/percussions/vocals;
Charles Allen, trumpet/vocals; Leon Alridge, bass/vocals, and Larry
guitar/vocals (not in
this photo, see album cover below).
group of musicians and vocalist came to together
in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, with a unique live sound blending
funk, soul, rock, funkadelic, and smooth vocals. The group was organized
by John "Kousi" Harris
from Pensacola, Fl., formerly of the group J Robinson and The
Dynamics who recorded on the MALA label, and Jerry Jones a local
Memphis Vocalist. Curtis Johnson, and brother Harold "Quake"
Johnson had formerly
been members of The
Chips/ Astors, that recorded with Stax
Records. The musicians had been playing locally with
several groups, when John and Jerry had and idea to join these different
talents to create
a new sound. The group was self managed, with Curtis doing the
booking and creating tours throughout Memphis night clubs, and on the
Florida, and Alabama Gulf Coast. The group also traveled north to the
Michigan area, but spent most of their time in the lower south east.
In 1970, the group produced (with Fame Records) and recorded an album
that was released on the Capitol Records label, "Who's For the
Young". In 1972, the group disbanded, allowing some members of
the group to join the "new" Bar-Kays, when the group was
re-organized, following the death of Ottis Redding and all but 2
members of The "Original" Bar-Kays.
a single copy of the "
Who's For The Young" Album was auctioned on E-bay for $750.