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        The Carltons -- James Leon Diggs, Larry Bell, and Jerry Norris -- from Washington, D.C., were Chess Records' answer to the Impressions. A&R director Billy Davis was so enamored with Diggs' songwriting skills that he signed them to a deal, even though Diggs was already contracted to Chess with Richard Dunbar as the Knight Brothers. They sounded totally different -- the Knight Brothers sang emotionally gripping, down-home soul with heavy gospel overtones, while the Carltons' breez... Read more

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