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Chairmen Of The Board

General Johnson (1943 - 2010) 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 "39-21-40 Shape".


General Norman Johnson in 2007
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 and 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.

Although they all had a turn at lead vocals, it was Johnson's quirky hiccup-laden style and his songwriting that became increasingly showcased, with the group selling a million plus copies of their single, "Give Me Just a Little More Time". The disc was released in December 1969, reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, with one million sales confirmed in May 1970, when the group were presented with a gold record by the R.I.A.A. Chairmen of the Board also charted with "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String", "Everything's Tuesday", "Pay to the Piper", "Finders Keepers" and (in the UK) "Working on a Building of Love" and "Elmo James". They also recorded the original version of "Patches", co-written by Johnson, which became a 1970 hit for Clarence Carter. The song received a Grammy Award in 1971.

Kennedy, Woods and Johnson all went on to record solo albums, whilst Johnson wrote and produced (with Greg Perry) for other Invictus/Hot Wax acts, notably Honey Cone. Kennedy having left, Johnson and Woods toured the UK in 1976 with six musicians as Chairmen of the Board. The final night of the tour was at Middleton Civic Hall on March 11, 1976. 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 along with Danny Woods and Ken Knox. In 1980, the new Chairmen founded Surfside Records, for which the group still records. Surfside Records is an independent record label based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The reformed group had a regional hit with "Carolina Girls", a popular beach music song in North and South Carolina.

The Chairmen of the Board were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

General Johnson continued to perform with Woods and Knox as the "Chairmen of the Board" until his death from lung cancer in 2010.

After Johnson's death, Ken Knox took the band out as The Chairmen of the Board in 2011. KCO released the single "You" to regional success. The song was written by Ken Knox and Riche Figueroa, and stayed at number #1 on the Carolina Beach Charts for 11 weeks. Knox continues to tour as KCO aka "Ken Knox and Company" with Thomas Hunter. KCO released two more singles "Carolina Shuffle" (2012) and "Ready Willing and Able" (2014). Former member Danny Woods created The Danny Woods Show with the band The Party Prophets and Cindy Floyd. Woods also continues to write and record new songs and developed the Music Tree Recording label. Both Woods and Knox were still performing in 2014.

In 2013, former member Harrison Kennedy was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the "Acoustic Artist" category.[5] In 2013, Darryl Johnson had commercial success with his first solo effort, "Nightmare" which went to #14 on the UK Soul Chart.

In 2014, former member Richard (Riche Rich) Figueroa toured with "The Legacy Motown Revue"

Chairmen of the Board is a Detroit, Michigan based soul music group active mostly in the 1970s, that is still touring today
Give Me Just a Little More Time" was covered in 1992 by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. It was one of the last tracks to be recorded for her fourth album, Let's Get to ItUK Singles Chart. It remains one of the highest selling singles of her career in the UK. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" is the only song from "Let's Get to It" album to be included in her till then whole career spanning 2004 compilation Ultimate Kylie.. It was released as a single, and peaked at number two on the

 

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