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Arthur Reynolds

voc, p, US
Singer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Arthur Reid Reynolds

It was in the late 1960’s that Art took the 5 best singers from his choir at the St. Vestal C.M.E. church and created the gospel singing group, the “Art Reynolds Singers”. As the first gospel group to record for Capital Records, they soon became pioneers in the development of “gospel rock”. Many considered their music too secular for the time. Their first album “Tellin’ It Like It Is”, went on to become one of the biggest selling albums for a new gospel group. It received local and national acclaim. “Jesus Is Just Alright” was the first song recorded by other groups from the “Tellin’ It Like It Is” album. The song was recorded and made famous by the Byrds, the Doobie Brothers and DC Talk. Four other albums followed: “Long Dusty Road”, “The Soul-Gospel Sounds of the Art Reynolds Singers” and “It’s a Wonderful World”. Art later recorded an independent live gospel concert album titled, “A Work of Art”. One of the original members of the Art Reynolds Singers was Thelma Houston, who went on to become a Grammy Award-winning singer with her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, an anthem of the disco era. Art later changed the name of the group to the “Art Forms Limited” and produced 2 singles for RCA records, “I’m a Bad Man” and “Time to Call It A Day”. Wolfman Jack described Art’s vocal on “I’m a Bad Man”, as the birth of a new Isaac Hayes.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Something Strange - Nicolass Disco Mix (Radio Edit) on Something Strange by Arthur Reynolds
Save Me on Kusana by Arthur Reynolds
Empathy on Katun EP by Arthur Reynolds
Kusana on Kusana by Arthur Reynolds
One More Night on One More Night by Arthur Reynolds
In Blues on In Blues by Arthur Reynolds
Funky Music on Funky Music by Arthur Reynolds
Havana Club on Winklil EP by Arthur Reynolds
Lizard on Kusana by Arthur Reynolds
One Million Forms on Katun EP by Arthur Reynolds

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
A Work Of ArtArthur Reynolds, The Art Reynolds Singers1974Album
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