Managed by “The Queen of R&B” Ruth Brown, The Positive Sounds were among America’s top house bands throughout the 1960s. The nine-piece group got their start under the tutelage of Shiptown Records impresario Noah Biggs, touring up and down the eastern seaboard behind Ida Sands, Barbara Stant, The Soul Duo, and The Idetes. The Sounds made a studio detour in 1972 to track two sides of mid-tempo, pleading soul with first tenor Wilson Williams, but the group didn’t stick around Norfolk, Virginia, much longer. By the following summer they the house band for The Apollo in Harlem, and via guitarist Michael Robinson’s aunt Ruth The Positive Sounds were sharing stages with Al Green, The Manhattans, and The Chi-Lites across the hemisphere. Other records were made, but it’s “I Almost Blew My Mind” that has been sorted repeatedly to the top of the pile, cut on a break from endless hauls up and down I-95 while the world was still finding out.
- The Positive Sounds I Almost Blew My Mind
- The Positive Sounds You're The One I Need