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VMSoul mourns the death of
Willie B. Holland
Willie B. Holland
Willie B Holland, 69, passed on February 14, 2016 at his home. He was the last surviving original member of the singing group, The Persuaders, who were known for their popular song, "It's A Thin Line Between Love and Hate".

Willie B Holland, 69, passed on February 14, 2016 at his home. He was the last surviving original member of the singing group, The Persuaders, who were known for their popular song, "It's A Thin Line Between Love and Hate". - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?pid=177746369#sthash.TVenlUYu.dpuf

25th & J


VMSoul Friends
Bill Magnus, Major Lance, Lakeside, Leroy Little, Chester B, JD Jackson, Tyrone Davis, Andrew Bailey, Betty Wright
Bobby Bennett, Baby Lloyd Stallworth, Bobby Bland
James Brown & the Famous Flames
Near the corner of Two Five & J (25th & Jefferson, Newport News, VA) in front of the New York Café, you could witness some of the greatest singers and best musicians in the world.  The 5 Keys, The Avalons, The Chateaus, The Leaders, David Williams, and even Baby Lloyd.

Born Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, Baby Lloyd could sing and boy could he move.  Some observers wonder if the legendary James Brown himself, borrowed a few moves from Baby Lloyd. 

Baby got hooked up with James Brown as one of The Famous Flames, becoming his part-time valet, driver, and even writing songs for James like, “Lost Somebody,” and singing background in songs like, “Bewildered,” and “This Old Heart.”

James Brown & the Famous Flames
Far left to right, Bobby Bennett, Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, and Bobby Byrd.with James Brown and bamd.
Baby Lloyd recorded a couple of singles himself, “I Need Love,” and "There Is Something On Your Mind.”

Baby Lloyd "There Is Something On Your Mind.”

If you check out the 1967 SMASH album, “James Brown Show,” a live recording of The Godfather of Soul’s stage act, you will hear James Brown’s personal MC, Danny Ray, introduce “The Pride & Joy, The Baby Boy,” Baby Lloyd opening the show!  Baby Lloyd opens like a ball of fire with the Rolling Stones‘ hit record, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," and Lloyd follows that with, "The Dog."

Interesting enough, it was the longest-lasting Famous Flames lineup of, Bobby Bennett, Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, and Bobby Byrd as The Famous Flames, stealing the show from the headliners, The Rolling Stones, on the concert film, The T.A.M.I. Show when James Brown came on before the Rock group.


70s Power


The Hampton Roads area has consistently put out some of the finest artists and music in the world, as is evident in this

 --Best of the Best 70's Classic Soul Music Mix--

A mix which includes 3 singing groups straight from Newport News, VA. At one time, members of all three groups used to sing on the corner of 25th & Jefferson before going on to make the charts with their homespun harmonies and style. Here you have The Unifics, The Persuaders, and Peace, Justice & Equality. PLUS the mighty, mighty O'Jays performing a song written by Newport News' own Richard Poindexter.

1.New Birth - Do It Again
2.Delfonics - Walk Right Up To The Sun
3.William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover
4.The O'Jay's - I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow
5.The Moments - Sunday
6.The Unifics - Court Of Love
7.Enchantment - Trying To Get over
8.Issac Hayes - Help Me Love
9.The O'Jay's - Sunshine
10.The Masqueraders - I'm Just An Avaerage Guy
11.Peace, Justice and Equality - Of All The Hearts
12.Brief Encounter - Just A Little Notion
13.Bobby Thomas & The Afros - Darling Don't Come Back
14.Frankie Beverly & The Butlers - Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)
15.Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love and Hate
16.The Ebonys - You're The Reason Why
17.Derrick Harriot - Bucket Full of Tears
18.Otis Clay - That's How It Is
19.Jimmy Helms -Gonna Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse
20.Larry Sanders - This World
21.The Sylvers - Wish That I Could Talk To You