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The Whispers Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1964–present
Genres: R&B, Boogie, Dance, Soul, Funk, Disco

The Whispers are a long-established R&B-dance vocal group from Los Angeles, California, with a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. he Whispers formed in 1964 in Watts, California. The original members included the twin brothers, Wallace "Scotty" and Walter Scott, along with Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson and Nicholas Caldwell.

In 1973, Harmon was replaced by former Friends of Distinction member Leaveil Degree. Scotty Scott's fluid, melodic voice, and Jerry McNeil's harmonious piano solos are featured on virtually all of their hits.

The group scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 with "And the Beat Goes On."

In 1987, they enjoyed a brief tenure in the Top 40 when "Rock Steady" became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100 (it reached #7) while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart. Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to illness. According to the Whispers' website, when Hutson died in 2000 they vowed to never replace him, and now perform as a quartet.

Two of their albums, 1980's "The Whispers" and 1987's "Just Gets Better With Time" achieved platinum sales certification by the RIAA. The Whispers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.