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Although on their early recordings from the 1950s, many of which were released in the UK, they were often cited as a novelty R&B group in the Coasters style, in Great Britain this was all forgotten with the inspired choice of Guy Stevens to put out The Bounce on the British Sue label. It was a big dance hit for the Modernists in southern England, no doubt this had a lot to do with Stevens 'breaking' it down The Scene - the prime venue for new style and tastes of the time - and from then on the group were seen as a pure Soul outfit and many of their follow up releases in the UK were eagerly sought out by Mods and other Soul fans. The group, Walter Ward, Edie Lewis, Charles Fizer and Walter Hammond, were all from the Compton area of California, and formed, as did many groups of the time, in high school in 1956. Charles Fizer was killed in the Watts riots of 1965 and was replaced by Julius McMichael, former lead singer of The Paragons.
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