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The Persuasions

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The Persuasions were an American a cappella group that began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the mid-1960s.

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The Persuasions
The Persuasions in 1972
The Persuasions in 1972
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresA cappella
Years active
  • 1962–active
Past members
  • Jerry Lawson (deceased)
  • Jimmy Hayes (deceased)
  • Herbert (Toubo) Rhoad (deceased)
  • Joe Russell (deceased)
  • Jayotis Washington
  • Raymond Sanders

The Persuasions were formed in Brooklyn in 1962, singing a cappella under corner streetlights and in subway corridors. Their style combined gospel, soul, early rock and jazz into melodic five-part harmonies. Since being discovered by Frank Zappa, the Persuasions have recorded 23 albums to date.

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