Major Lance (April 4, 1939, 1941 or 1942 – September 3, 1994) was an American R&B singer. After a number of US hits in the 1960s, including "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", he became an iconic figure in Britain in the 1970s among followers of Northern Soul.YearTitles (A-side, B-side) Both sides from ...Label & Cat. No.U.S. R&B1959"I've Got A Girl" b/w "Phyllis"Mercury 71582-1962"Delilah" b/w "Everytime" (Non-album ...Okeh 7168-1963" The Monkey Time " b/w "Mama Didn't ...Okeh 717521963"Hey Little Girl" b/w "Crying In The ...Okeh 718112
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Major Lance was born in Winterville, Mississippi. There has been something confusing over Lance's birth year; some sources say he was born 1941 or 1942 (as Lance claimed), while his gravestone states he was born in 1939. 'Major' was his given name; it was not a nickname or stage name. Major Lance was one of 12 children. One of his hobbies was playing Baseball. Lance moved with his family on the northwest side of Chicago in the Cabrini-Green projects, where there was a lot of crime in the area, as a child. After moving to Chicago, he developed a boyhood friendship with another singer named Otis Leavill Cobb. They both attended Wells High School. This was the same school Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, who were also both singers too, went to. Mayfield called him a "sparkly fellow, and a great basketball player, which is probably how we met. His hero was Jackie Wilson, and he was always coming round and looking through my bag for songs that I'd written but didn't want to do with the...
Lance and Otis Leavill formed a group named the Floats in the mid-1950s. However, they broke up before recording any songs. But Lance became a featured dancer on a local TV show named "Time for Teens",and presenter Jim Lounsbury gave him a one-off record deal with Mercury Records. Mercury released his single "I Got a Girl", written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in 1959, which was not successful. Because of this, Lance worked at various jobs over the next few years. Lance signed with OKeh Records in 1962 as Curtis Mayfield recommended. Major was constantly showing up at the Okeh offices, offering to run errands for Carl Davis, telling him about the record he'd once made and how he and Curtis Mayfield were friends from their childhood. Major Lance's first single was called "Delilah", which was made by Curtis Mayfield.Although it was not successful, it made his partnership with a writing and arranging team for Curtis Mayfield, Carl Davis, and Johnny Pate, often with members of Mayfi...
Major Lance was married to Christine Boular Lance, and had nine children.He was 6'6 foot tall. Lance was arrested two times in his life. In 1965, Lance was arrested in violation of the Paternity Act. A Chicago Women, Para Lee Thomas, told she had a son named Ronnie Maurice Lance (born (1964-01-13) January 13, 1964(age 57)). She declared Lance who promised to pay her doctor and hospital bills around $375, but defaulted in the payment. Judge Benjamin J. Kanter issued for the arrest, setting Lance's bond at $1,000. After recording briefly for the Motown Records subsidiary label Soul in 1978, he was convicted of cocainepossession and was sentenced to four years in Jail. In 1987, Lance was diagnosed with a heart attack, and he became nearly blind from glaucoma. As a result, he made no more recordings since. In June 1994, he gave his final performance at the 11th Chicago Blues Festival. In September of that year, he died in his sleep at the age of 55 of heart disease in Decatur, Georgia....
* Billboard magazine did not publish an R&B chart during 1964; these chart positions are from Cashbox magazine.
1. The Monkey Time(OKeh 1963) 2. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um(OKeh 1964) 3. The Rhythm of Major Lance(OKeh 1968) 4. Major Lance's Greatest Hits Recorded Live At The Torch(Contempo 1973) 5. Now Arriving(Soul 1978) 6. The Major's Back(1983) 7. Live At Hinkley(1986) 8. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um(Collectables 2003)
Major Lance's career declined significantly after he parted ways with Mayfield and Davis in the late '60s, but his classic OKeh recordings remain some of the best-loved soul music of the decade. Born in Winterville, Mississippi, Major Lance moved to Chicago as a child, where he was initially raised on the west side of the city, before he moved ...
Sep 03, 1994 · Major Lance (Born 4 April 1941, Winterville, Mississippi - Death 3 September 1994, Decatur, Georgia) was an American R&B singer. As a child he relocated to Chicago, attending the same school as Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. He formed a group, the Floats, and became a featured dancer on local TV.
Major Lance. American R&B singer, born 4 April 1939 in Winterville, Mississippi, USA, died 3 September 1994 in Decatur, Georgia, USA. As a child he relocated to Chicago, where he was initially raised on the west side of the city, before he moved near the north. While studying at Wells High School, Lance began boxing.
Major Lance singing "Monkey Time" at tv program "Shindig!"
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Oct 22, 2011 · Major Lance, singer: born Chicago 4 April 1941; married (nine children); died Decatur, Georgia 29 August 1994. TO ALL intents and purposes, soul music was born in the autumn of 1963 with a ...
Sep 05, 1994 · Major Lance, a Chicago-born soul singer whose biggest hits were in the 1960's, died on Saturday at his home in Decatur, Ga. He was 55. The cause was heart disease, The Associated Press reported.
One Of My Faves. The Chicago Soul Of Major Lance Just Unbeatable. Written By 20 Year Old Curtis Mayfield. Just Brilliant. Most Of Us At 20 Are Lucky To Even ...
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Sep 07, 2019 · ATLANTA — For decades, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms kept the story of her famous father, soul singer Major Lance, to herself. But after launching her political campaign in 2017, she decided the time was right to open up about his drug arrest and incarceration, when she was just 8 years old.
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