The Sharpees "Take Me To Your Leader" b/w "Darkness OF The Night" is the second in a series of 45s released in conjunction with The One-derful! Collection, a forthcoming series of six compilations marking the first in-depth look at brothers George and Ernie Leaner's Chicago based One-derful! label group: Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!., Halo, Midas, and Toddlin' Town, and One-derful!.
While transferring the Learner family's 250 master tapes, these unreleased tracks from The Sharpees stood up and demanded to be released. This pair of previously unreleased soul sides includes a relentlessly driving dance number and a stunning ballad full of beautiful vocal harmonies.
The Sharpees, led by guitarist Benny Sharp, were one of St. Louis' most noteworthy R&B groups, with multiple members spending time performing and recording with Ike & Tina Turner. In 1965, they followed fellow St. Louis acts The Five Du-Tones and Alvin Cash north to Chicago and signed with One-derful! Records. Releasing songs like "Do the 45" and "Tired of Being Lonely." They cracked the R7B charts and established a name in the US and overseas.
These two unreleased tracks were recorded nearly a year after the group's first session at One-derful!. To respect these remarkable recordings and the label that produced them, we have faithfully replicated the One-derful! label to make sure this record no only sounds, but also looks the way it would have, had it been released in 1967.
Take Me To Your Leader
Darkness Of The Night