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One of several gospel acts to record for Motown in the early Sixties, the Wright Specials – who once boasted a teenaged Kim Weston in their ranks, though she had left the group by the time they arrived at Hitsville in 1962 – were brought to Motown by writer-producer George Fowler, brother of the group’s pianist. Sponsored by the legendary Rev. James Cleveland, the King of Gospel himself (the “Wright” in the title was for their manager, Thomas Wright, not their preacher and mentor), and heavily associated with the Caravans, another group legendary in gospel circles, the Wright Specials had bona fide gospel credentials.
Thanks to Kim Weston herself and her comments on this very site you’re reading now (!), we’re able to name the group’s other members: Delores Hall, Carrie Jones, Betty Knox and Effie Ellington – and Delores in particular possessed a remarkable, powerful voice. Sadly, Motown’s flirtation with the gospel market was brief, and the Wright Specials left Motown in 1963 having only seen two singles released.
Review Archive: The WRIGHT SPECIALS (1962-63)