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Dwain Vinyard


The son of noted Chicago vocalist George Vinyard, Dwain Vinyard was uprooted to Detroit shortly after the '68 riots. His mother Margaret was a close friend of Sandra Ruffin, first wife of Temptations tenor David Ruffin, a relationship that put 11-year-old Dwain at the center of the Motor City's musical universe. After witnessing a 1969 Bobo Jenkins performance, Vinyard picked up guitar and was soon a member of the Second Soulful Hounds. When the Hounds hooked up with Ghetto Productions' Elwin Rutlidge, they traded tags to become the Outcasts Band, and taped a few shelved sides. Vinyard spent the next half-decade using drugs and playing guitar in a variety of Detroit burn-out rock bands, including Hot Wax, You, and CSE1, none of which ever gathered the wherewithal to drag themselves into a studio. By 1979, Vinyard was married, smoked two-and-a-half packs of Kools a day, and worked in a Cadillac factory. A co-worker approached him about an alternative method, but according to Vinyard, "I didn't want to hear nothin' about Christianity at the time. But he said something that stuck with me: 'If you make one step, God will make two.' In less than three days, I had quit smoking completely. From then on, I started looking for any information I could get about the Bible. I was literally ‘Searching For The Truth.’” That truth sprung out of him in the fall of 1979, when he took two original songs to an unmemorable garage studio in suburban Royal Oaks, Michigan. Vinyard played 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass on both "Searching For The Truth" and "Sit Down And Rest your Soul," with Mike Heard chipping in on drums. The Vinyard-labeled 45 was pressed at Archer; it was sold quite modestly from the trunk of a car. Vinyard spent the next nine years preaching to the homeless through his own Triumph Christian Ministry before entering the hardscrabble world of Detroit rap. Irv Ski's 1989 album for D.I.S. records would be the last record to carry the Vinyard name.


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