The 5 Royales

City: 
Winston-Salem
Region: 
NC
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1950-1965

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The 5 Royales was a R&B band from Winston-Salem that combined gospel, jump blues and doo wop, marking an early and influential step in the evolution of soul music. Most of their big R&B hits were recorded from 1952 to 1953 and written by guitarist Lowman "Pete" Pauling. Later cover versions of the band's songs include "Dedicated to the One I Love" (The Shirelles, the Mamas & the Papas), "Tell the Truth" (Ray Charles) and "Think" (James Brown & The Famous Flames).