Tidewater/Hampton Roads was bursting with labels and competition.
Remember Elsie Strong, she appears on Frankie Guida's Legrand label, as well as on the Norfolk based Sounds International, Empire, and the Finally! label.
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Peanut Country Records boasted the Norfolk based group, The Movements. The group also recorded on Sounds International out of Norfolk, VA.. The Movements had a sweet, soulful sound that had the girls swooning and the guys practicing crooning to get the girls.
The Movements "You Don't Know"
"Let's Get Involved"
Remember The Soul Cop?
Norfolk International Records--1975
Arranged By – Frank Guida
Producer – Frank Guida
Recorded at Guess Recording Studio
Too Many Nites
Dance To The Music
Romeo And Juliet
If You Wanna Be Happy
Frankies Got It
Go Way Christina
Me And My Lay---Dee
I Keep Coming Back For More
One Million Tears
Just Ask Me
LEGRAND Records had a lot of artists, most of them backed up by their own session musicians, The Church Street Five, featuring Daddy G. LEGRAND was the brainchild of Norfolk entrepreneur, Frankie Guida.
Shiptown Records had a full stable of artists like Ida Sands, Barbara Stant, The Soul Duo, The Positive Sounds, and Wilson Williams. There are also lesser known, but talented acts, such as The Grooms., "Slow Down," and, "I Deserve A Little Bit More." Noah Biggs was the Captain of this mighty ship.
Howard Biggs continues legacy of father Noah Biggs.(pictured with group)
The dynamic Willie Stephen, better known as Flip Flop Stevens
Flip Flop Stevens And The Famous Pop Tops Orchestra