Prysock, Arthur (1929-1997 )

Born in Spartanburg, SC and the brother of saxophonist, Red Prysock; he moved to Hartford, CT as a teenager where he sang in several small bands; as a singer (baritone), his breakthrough came in 1964; his first professional work was with Buddy Johnson (1944) as his lead male vocalist in Harlem ballrooms and clubs where he was discovered; he went solo in 1952 and quickly landed an R & B hit (“I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night”) – he was instantly a hit with audiences as a balladeer; he became well known in jazz circles during his work and recorded with Count Basie (1965); he hosted his own television show (“Tonight”), performed at Carnegie Hall (1966) and in countless jazz, rhythm and blues venues and with an array of musicians; he scored countless rhythm and blues hits including “I Worry ‘Bout You” (1958), “The Very Thought of You” (1960), “It’s Too Late Baby, It’s Too Late” (1965), a disco hit, “When Love Is New” (1976), and several hit albums including A Rockin’ Good Way (1985), This Guy’s in Love With You (1986), and Today’s Love Songs, Tomorrow’s Blues (1987); he also recorded a popular jingle for Lowenbrau beer; Prysock passed away in 1997 in Bermuda.

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