The Brothers Unlimited

(BACK 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 Lee, guitar/vocals (not in this photo, see album cover below).

This 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.

Recently, a single copy of the " Who's For The Young" Album was auctioned on E-bay for $750.

 

"Who's For the Young" LP

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