The Chairmen of The Board
Chairmen of the Board was originally formed in Detroit, MI as the flagship act of Holland/Dozier/Holland's Invictus/Hot Wax record labels. Although they each sang lead vocals, General Johnson's unique voice and style, along with his strong talent for songwriting, thrusted him to the forefront.
The group sold over a million copies of their single, "Give Me Just a Little More Time," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Chairmen of the Board followed with other hits "You've Got Me Dangling On A String," "Pay To the Piper," "Everything's Tuesday," and the original version of "Patches." All the while Johnson wrote and produced for other Invictus/Hot Wax acts, as well.
The group became a fan favorite on the beach music scene, leading to Johnson trademarking the phrase "Carolina Beach Music." As a way to keep their artisitc freedom and independence they formed Surfside Records in 1980 and immediatley recorded the hit song "Carolina Girls."
Over the next three decades, General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board became superstars of Carolina Beach Music, being dubbed "the Kings of the Carolinas."
Sadly, General Johnson passed away in late 2010 from lung cancer. At the same time, original member, Danny Woods left the group. Long time group member, Ken Knox assembled new members, Darryl Johnson and Thomas Hunter, along with a renewed back up band to kick off a 2011 "Tribute to General Johnson" tour.
Ken Knoxgrew up on the streets of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by some of Detroitís great musicians,Ken taught himself to play the saxophone by mimicking King Curtis records. Ken received his first sax from his brother, purchased for $50 during the Detroit riots. Ken is a member of both the N.C. and S.C. Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2010. Ken continues to embody the spirit and the values upon which General Johnson built Chairmen of theBoard.
Darryl Johnson, originally from Charlotte, N.C., has spent years behind a microphone, performing lead vocals in regional bands and background vocals for larger acts such as Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs and Bill Pinkney & the Drifters. Darryl has had a successful career in the studio as well. He has provided background vocals for most Chairmen of the Board albums for the past 15 years. Darryl currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also writes and produces. Moving from the background to the forefront in 2010, Darryl brings a new wave of excitement to Chairmen of the Board.
Thomas Hunter, originally from central Florida, now calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. As a classicaly trained songwriter, vocalist, and pianist, Thomas has spent most of his life mastering his craft. Influences in Thomas' musical development include Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway. Thomas has worked with many influential and accomplished industry individuals including Grammy nominee Rodney Shelton, Joe Lindsay, guitarist Calvin Edwards and choreographer Barry Lather. Recruited in 2010, prior to the commencement of the General Johnson Tribute Tour, Thomas adds a boyish charm and a polished performance to Chairmen of the Board.
Give Me Just A Little More Time
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