The Persuasions’ Jerry Lawson Dead at 75

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The Persuasions, October 1973 (Michael Putland/Getty Images)
The Persuasions, October 1973 (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Jerry Lawson, the unique lead singer for iconic a cappella group the Persuasions, has died, The Associated Press studies. He was 75 years previous. Lawson died “after a long illness,” collaborator and good friend Rip Rense instructed The AP.

Jerry Lawson co-founded the Persuasions in Brooklyn in 1962. The group signed a report cope with Frank Zappa in 1968, releasing its debut Acapella on his Straight label in 1970. The Persuasions continued to report all through the ’70s and the following three many years. The group’s “Good Times” (from 1972’s Street Corner Symphony) was memorably sampled in Jamie xx’s “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).”

In the early ’70s, Bruce Springsteen opened for the Persuasions at a handful of shows. And, in 1979, the Persuasions opened for Joni Mitchell on tour.

At age 71, Jerry Lawson launched his first and solely solo report, Just a Mortal Man, in 2015.