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The Persuasions have long been the acknowledged “Kings of A Cappella.” The group first came together on the streetcorners of Brooklyn (1962), but all hail from different parts of the country. The Persuasions have released over 26 CD and albums with Capitol Records, MCA, A&M Records, Elektra Records, Flying Fish, Rounder and Rounder/ Bullseye Blues, Music For Little People, Earthbeat!/Rhino, Grateful Dead Records/Arista and Chesky Records.
The group’s first ever recording specifically for children, “On The Good Ship Lollipop,” was released in 1999, and won many awards from parents’ organizations. The Grateful Dead were next. The recording, "Might As Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead." . They have appeared on stage, on record and on disc with such diverse artists as Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Liza Minelli, Van Morrison, Lou Reed Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Little Richard, Nancy Wilson, The Neville Brothers, Country Joe McDonald, B.B. King and Paul Simon. The group’s recordings have been featured in films ranging from “Joe Versus the Volcano” to “The Heartbreak Kid,” from “Streets of Gold” to “E.T.”
Their documentary, "Spread the Word" was shown on PBS, as was Spike Lee's "Do It A Cappella.” The group has made musical guest appearances on television shows that seem to cover the entire day: Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Tonight Show, and Late Night with Conan O' Brien. Weekends were covered with appearances on Saturday Night Live!
The Persuasions continue today with original members Jimmy Hayes, “Sweet Joe” Russell, along with Raymond Sanders, B.J. Jones, and Dave Revels, who sang with the group on its Beatles album and arranged and co-produced The Persuasions’ tribute to U-2. He also arranged their latest CD "Knockin' On Bob's Door," the music of Bob Dylan.