FoundersNew York group the Founders had a couple of 45s out but despite their quality sadly they never broke through. Their first release was probably the Triode 45 which had the fine mid paced ListenWhat Did We Do Wrong as the flip. At the time of this single the group was a “family affair” trio with lead duties shared by the emotive Cheavoria Edwards and one of FD Edwards or Leroy (“Roy) Edwards. By the time the rare Bolivia single appeared, FD had departed being replaced by Pete Pizarr Jr, and on the superb deep soul ballad ListenDon’t You Leave Me Baby they sound even more effective. Cheavoria is absolutely convincing as she moans out her grief and pain, with excellent support from the boys in the background. A word of praise too for the tastefully horn rich arangement from Bill Medley and the production from Leroy “Roy” Edwards. The mournful song with its great minor keyed chord changes – like all the others they recorded – was written by the Founders themselves. More from this group would have been very welcome indeed.


I don’t want a second hand love / ListenWhat did we do wrong ~ TRIODE 118 (1971)
Don’t turn your back on me (baby)  / ListenDon’t you leave me baby ~ BOLIVIA 323 (early 70s?)


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