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Musicians
    (1953-1972)
    Formed in New York, New York
    Members include:
    Ben E. King
    Rudy Lewis
    Clyde McPhatter
    Johnny Moore
    Bill Pinkney
    Charlie Thomas
    Gerhart Thrasher
    Recorded 'Save The Last Dance For Me,' 'There Goes My Baby,' 'Up On The Roof,' 'Under The Boardwalk,' 'Money Honey,' 'This Magic Moment,' 'Sweets For My Sweet' and 'White Christmas'
    They had a rotating lineup of over 25 members.
    Group members were salaried employees who received no record royalties or concert fees.
    Bruce Pinkney was fired after asking for a higher weekly salary (it was $100 per week).
    Group members filed lawsuits against each other for naming and touring rights.
    Rudy Lewis died of a drug overdose (1964).
    They successfully combined elements of R & B, soul and gospel into pop music.
    They are credited for introducing string instruments and Latin elements into pop music.
    They were one of the first soul groups to feature a guitarist.
    Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun called them the 'all time greatest Atlantic group.'
    They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1988).

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