Monday, March 18, 2013

Lafayette and The LaSabres

Lafayette and The LaSabres
10685 ~ Cure For Love   
Trianon BMI

10686 ~ Freeway
L. & M. Yarbrough - Goodman - Pierson
Mayflower Music co. BMI
Your-Pick 1005
 September 1963
 Re-issued on Port 70036 in October 1963
Note :Publisher  of "Cure For Love" is incorrectly credited to Trinion Pub. on both labels !
Cure For Love on YouTube
Free Way  (YouTube link)
Top side is a cover of  the song penned and recorded by Dell Vaughn (With The Fortune Aires) on Fortune Records (flipside of the wild rockabilly "Rock The Universe"  [Fortune #205,  1958]

 Lafayette and The LaSabres : Lafayette Yarbrough (vocal), brother Marcel Yarbrough (drums),  Carl Pearson (Pierson)  (organ) and  a 4th member probably named Goodman.    Photo credit : White Doo Wop Collector

 photo credit : Ronnie Ray

Later line-up : Lafayette and Marcel YarbroughMike Timms (bass) and Michael Dean Wilson (organ). In 1966, they recorded a full-length album for Sidra Records, produced by Valvano and rockabilly singer-turned producer Johnny Powers.

Lafayette Yarbrough, born and raised in Noxapater, Mississippi,  moved after High School, to Michigan. He performed in and around Flint and recorded in 1958 a now much sought-after single for the Detroit's Bart Records : "Cool Cool Baby / Livin' Doll"
According to gossip columnist Bill Dakota  :
Lafayette Yarborough had a band in Flint.  And this guy could have been a superstar.   He used to play at the Beecher Gardens, north of Flint. He was handsome, and he could have been a movie star.   I wanted to take him on the road (among other things), but he was married and didn't want to travel.   Even though he was married, between sets, he would often be in the back seat of a car "fucking a fan."    He was happy enough and getting enough, without superstardom.   In looks, he was a cross between Fabian and Elvis.
 Lafayette Yarbrough is still performing.  (Lafayette can be seen on video with the Keith Ross Show HERE)

He has recorded a CD with Vada Rosecrans "When Two Worlds Collide".  Several songs from this CD can be heard on the Lafayette Yarbrough own You Tube channel HERE


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