Yesterday, Maggie commented, “I always loved that combination of talking and singing in good R&B songs.” So I figured I’d find a few more.
The Chi-Lites, as the name implies, are from Chicago. Three of the four original members (Marshall Thompson, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson) attended Hyde Park High School, the fourth (Eugene Record) attended Englewood High School, and their first record deal was with Chicago’s Brunswick Records. Their biggest hits were “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl,” both of which reached #1 on the R&B chart, the latter reaching #1 on the Hot 100, and both earned Gold records. “Have You Seen Her” made it to #3 on the Hot 100. Here they are, performing “live” on Soul Train (which also got its start in Chicago, as did Don Cornelius, the creator and host).