New Orleans’ Newest Old Band Has Some Advice for us all: “Be Yourself”

Back when compact disc technology was emerging and customized personal playlists were still produced on cassette mix tapes, “Smooth” James Harris, Nick Daniels III and Earl Smith, Jr., all graduates of Walter Cohen Senior High class of ’73, just knew they were gonna make a record together one day. Emulating their musical heroes — The Temptations, The Whispers and The Dramatics—the boys formed a singing group that emphasized harmonies and background flourishes: the usual “oohs” and “aahs” and “baaaaaby,” but also whoops, screams, and sexy low down moans. 

“We would bring the heat,” James recalls. “Yes, indeed.”

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