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EntertainmentJerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75

08:45  12 july  2019
08:45  12 july  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Frankly A Cappella : The Persuasions Sing Zappa is a 2000 album by the singing group The Persuasions . Frank Zappa heard them over the phone while they were singing in a record shop on the East Coast and flew them out to L.A. to record their first LP, in 1969, for Zappa's label.

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Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75 © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, singer Jerry Lawson performs the song "Lay Down" at a life celebration and statue unveiling for the late actor Anton Yelchin at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite acapella group the Persuasions, has died. Longtime friend Rip Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75.

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Jerome E. " Jerry " Lawson (born 1944) is a lead singer, producer, musical arranger, performer, best known as the original lead singer of The Persuasions . Born in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, he was raised in Apopka, Florida. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Julie. Edit.

Jerry Lawson , former lead singer, arranger and producer of a cappella gods The Persuasions is a national vocal treasure on par with Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Jerry Butler and Nat King Cole. Through the decades Lawson ’s fans and collaborators have included Frank Zappa, Stevie

Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said.

Lawson's smooth baritone led the group of five and later six singers, who were revered as the "The Kings of a Cappella" by their small but devoted fan base.

Through 25 albums the Persuasions recorded rock, blues, gospel and pop songs, all with no sound other than their own voices, long after the doo-wop era and long before the "Pitch Perfect" movies, when a cappella was rare.

Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75 © Provided by The Associated Press This undated photo provided by Pat Johnson via Rip Rense shows Jerry Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite a cappella group the Persuasions. Longtime friend Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. Lawson's smooth baritone led the eclectic sextet revered as the "The Kings of a Cappella" by their small but devoted fan base that included Frank Zappa and Rod Stewart. (Pat Johnson via AP)

"Thirty-eight years and we still ain't got no band, man!" Lawson told The Associated Press in 2000. "That's the story right there."

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But The Persuasions , who previously covered Zappa’s ‘Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up’ on 1994’s ‘Right Around The Corner As evidenced on tracks like ‘The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing’ and ‘Lumpy Gravy’ (a Zappa instrumental composition), “Frankly A Cappella ” is a novel reworking of a true original.

The five Persuasions — Jerry Lawson , Jimmy Hayes, Joe Russell, Jayotis Washington, and Herbert “Toubo” Lawson adapted a huge range of popular music to A Cappella style, with his The leader of this group was never authorized by all original group members to use the name, “ Persuasions .”

They had many famous fans including Rod Stewart, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, the members of Boyz II Men and Frank Zappa, who gave their career a boost when he discovered them in the late 1960s.

"After working together at the Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert, I admired the undeniable depth in Jerry's big voice," Stewart said in a statement. "A true soul singer."

They began as a casual and nameless collection of singers on the basketball courts and front stoops of Brooklyn in 1962, with Lawson bringing the warm, friendly voice he developed singing gospel songs during his youth in Apopka, Florida.

"It was just five guys who used to stand on the corner or go down to the subway station every night and just do this," Persuasions member Jimmy Hayes told the AP in 2000.

Joseph Russell, Herbert Rhoad and Jayotis Washington rounded out the original quintet.

Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75 © Provided by The Associated Press This undated photo provided by Stacie Huckeba via Rip Rense shows Jerry Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite a cappella group the Persuasions. Longtime friend Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. Lawson's smooth baritone led the eclectic sextet revered as the "The Kings of a Cappella" by their small but devoted fan base that included Frank Zappa and Rod Stewart. (Stacie Huckeba via AP) They got their break when Zappa signed them to his independent label for their first album in 1969.

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I know because the lead singer is Jerry Lawson (my husband)-FYI: some of the photos you posted are not the original Persuasions but a different And thank you for your appreciation of his work as producer, arranger and lead singer and the man who kept the dying art of A Cappella alive so there

The five Persuasions — Jerry Lawson , Jimmy Hayes, Joe Russell, Jayotis Washington, and Herbert “Toubo” Lawson adapted a huge range of popular music to A Cappella style, with his The leader of this group was never authorized by all original group members to use the name, “ Persuasions .”

The Persuasions performed with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Joni Mitchell to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and covered the songs of Motown, Sam Cooke and Paul Simon.

The eclecticism that made them so beloved also kept them from reaching pop stardom.

Music executives never knew how to market them and commercial radio had no clue what niche to stick them in.

"They've never gotten their due," Rense told the AP in 2000. "They're the greatest, most enduring American a cappella group. In another country like Japan they'd be declared a living treasure."

Lawson left the group in 2002. A few years later he joined a much younger group of San Francisco acapella singers that had based themselves on the Persuasions to form "Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town."

The group released an album, co-produced by Lawson and his wife, in 2007, and in 2011 they appeared on NBC's music competition show, "The Sing-Off."

In 2015, he released his only solo album, "Just a Mortal Man."

A documentary on Lawson is in the works and is expected to be released later this year.

He is survived by wife Julie Lawson and daughters Yvette and Wanda Dawson.

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Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75


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