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Chairmen of the Board

Chairmen of the Board is a Detroit, Michigan based soul music group active mostly in the 1970s, that is still touring today.

Recording career General Norman Johnson (born 23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia) had a hit as the lead singer of The Showmen in the early 1960s, with the New Orleans rock and roll anthem "It Will Stand" and Carolina Beach Classic "39-21-46". When Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown in 1967 to establish their own Invictus/Hot Wax group of record labels, they teamed Johnson up with Eddie Custis, Danny Woods andjohnson Canadian born Harrison Kennedy as the new company's flagship act, under the appropriate name "Chairmen of the Board". Custis left the group after their second album. Though they all had a turn at lead vocals, it was Johnson's quirky hiccup-laden style and his songwriting which became increasingly showcased, with the group selling a million plus copies of their single, "Give Me Just a Little More Time". Chairmen of the Board also scored with "You've Got Me Dangling On A String", "Pay To the Piper", "Everything's Tuesday", "Working On A Building Of Love", "Elmo James", "Finders Keepers", and the original version of "Patches", a memorable Grammy Award winning ballad when later covered with great success by Clarence Carter. Kennedy, Woods and Johnson all went on to cut solo albums of varying quality, whilst Johnson wrote and produced (with Greg Perry) for other Invictus/Hot Wax acts, notably Honey Cone. Harrison having left, Johnson and Woods toured the UK in 1976 with six musicians as "Chairmen of the Board", but were not as successful as before. The act was broken up immediately afterwards, Johnson having signed for Arista Records as a solo artist. In 1978, Johnson reformed the Chairmen of the Board. In 1980, the new Chairmen founded Surfside Records, for which the group still records.

Chairman Of The Board


    "Give Me Just a Little More Time"
    "You've Got Me Dangling On A String"
    "Everything's Tuesday"
    "Pay To The Piper"
    "Working On A Building Of Love
    "Men Are Getting Scarce"
    "Hanging On to a Memory"
    "Working On A Building Of Love"
    "Elmo James"
    "I'm On My Way To A Better Place"
    "Finders Keepers"
    "Everybody Party All Night"

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