The Persuasions Covered Zappa

Zappa discovered The Persuasions when Stan Krause, who run Stan’s Square Record Store in New Jersey, presented a live performance recording of theirs through the phone to him. Zappa flew them out to L.A. to record their first LP, in 1969, for Zappa's label. Through the years, the group recorded 26 albums for a number of labels but Zappa’s Bizarre/Straigh was the very first.




The Persuasions are an a cappella group who started singing on the street corners of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn during the early 1960s and went on to produce many albums covering a wide range of musical genres. Jerry Lawson was their arranger, lead singer and producer for the majority of of their career until his departure in 2003. They have covered artists like Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Roy Hamilton, Jerry Butler, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Presley, and toured, performed, and recorded with Joni Mitchell, Liza Minnelli, the Grateful Dead, and Ray Charles.

Zappa discovered The Persuasions



The five original members were Jerry Lawson, Joe 'Jesse' Russell, Jayotis Washington, Herbert 'Toubo' Rhoad, and Jimmy 'Bro' Hayes.


In April 2000 The Persuasions introduced "Frankly A Cappella - The Persuasions Sing Zappa" The album is the first of several in which The Persuasions pay tribute to the songs of a particular group or artist, the further two to date 2009 feature The Grateful Dead and The Beatles.



Of course, the group still continues to perform today. The Persuasions were an enormous impact on the modern vocal groups, Take 6, The Nylons and Boyz II Men, and if ever a group deserves to be in Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, it’s The Persuasions.


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