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The Modulations


The Modulations were formed in and hail from Durham, North Carolina U.S.A. (Not to be confused with the Jacksonville, Florida based Modulations, which were a Gospel group led by Glenn Jones). Originally know as the Pimps, The Modulations were singing together by 1970 and consisted of Nick Allen, Jr., Larry Duncan, Henry Channelle, and Hoyal Saunders. After cutting a debut record for the Mozel label out of New York, the Modulations came under the management of local entrepreneur Henry Bates and landed a deal with national concern Buddah Records. The results were a string of singles and an album that achieved national success. The Modulations recorded extensively with MFSB, the house band of the famed record label Philadelphia International. These sessions yielded an album in 1975 entitled It’s Rough Out Here, and several singles such as “Worth Your Weight in Gold.” Further recordings intended for a follow-up album were never commercially released. The group reached the pinnacle of its career with an appearance on Don Cornelius’ popular TV show, Soul Train, in early 1976.

PortraitRodney Brown
g, sax
PortraitJames Cotton
h, voc *1935 US
PortraitDanny Thompson
cb, b *1939 GB
PortraitNorman Harris
g 1947-1987 US
PortraitBobby Eli
g *1956 US
PortraitEarl Young
dr *1940 US
PortraitDon Renaldo
Nick Allen
Popular Tracks   
I Can't Fight Your Love on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
Share What You Got, Keep What You Need on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
Those Were the Best Days of My Life on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
Rough Out Here on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
I Can't Fight Your Love - 7" Version on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
I'm Hopelessly In Love on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
Worth Your Weight In Gold on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
Love at Last on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
I'll Always Love You on It's Rough Out Here by The Modulations
This Old World Is Going Down on Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
It's Rough Out Here / I'll Be Your RainbowThe Modulations / Bobby Wilson1994Compil.
It's Rough Out HereThe Modulations1975Album
Rough Out HereThe Modulations1975Single
Worth Your Weight In Gold / I'll Always Love YouThe Modulations1975Single
I Can't Fight Your Love / Your Love Has Me Locked UpThe Modulations1974Single
I'm Hopelessly In Love / What Good Am IThe Modulations1973Single
It's Rough Out HereThe Modulations1973Single
Who's Going To LoseThe ModulationsSingle
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