The group were from Memphis, Tennessee, and originally comprised of Barbara Brown with her sisters Roberta, Betty, Maurice, and brothers Walter and Richard writing some of their material. In 1963 they auditioned with Chips Moman, intending to record gospel music, but Moman persuaded them to record his secular song "Big Party". The song was released as a single on Wilmo Records, and after it became locally successful the master was leased to Stax Records. The record rose to # 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 during a period when no R&B chart was being published. Stax released two more singles by the group, "In My Heart" and "I Don't Want Trouble" in 1964-65, but neither were commercially successful. The group were then signed by Gene Lucchesi to the XL label, who recorded the group - and, then, Barbara as a solo artist - using producer Charles Chalmers. Several singles were released on the Cadet, Atco, Tower labels, and on XL/Sound of Memphis itself. Although subsequently highly regarded by critics and aficionados of southern soul, the records unfortunately sold poorly at the time. Barbara Brown did not record after 1972. She died in Detroit, Michigan in 2010; she was in her seventies.
Big Party collects the complete recordings of the group and includes upwards of a dozen unissued and unreleased recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.