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The Young Divines


The final legitimate artists on Note were an already established Atlanta-area group going under the banner of the Young Divines. The quartet, made up of Donald Render, John Dawson, John Johnson, and Jimmy Robertson, had been plodding along since Tragar’s inception. Though they hailed from Pool Creek in Hapeville, Georgia, they managed to have two important Atlanta bands behind them for their numerous gigs, Soul Expedition and Ripple. Their big “break” came after they won a radio station talent show that Jones happened to be attending for Rah! related business. He signed them immediately to Note and JoCo. Jones and the Divines returned to New London Studios to lay down a handful of tracks for potential release. The uptown dancer “Ain’t That Sharp” and its instrumental would be the first, with the vocal immediately tacked onto “Do It The Right Way” for the second. Thinking he might have better luck with an out-of-town logo, Jones issued “Deep In Your Heart” b/w “Show Me With Love” on New London International. The sleight of hand worked, and the single was licensed nationally by Cotillion. The slick 45 captured the ears of a few executives at Cotillion who saw lead vocalist Donald Render as a potential star, bringing him to New York for a demo session that never saw light. The group continued performing for half a decade, taking one more stab in the studio in 1979 for Jones’ latter-day Adventure One label.


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