The Spaniels will provide us with great “Motown Memories” at the 2016 MD11 State Convention.
In 1948, Billy Shelton, Thornton James “Pookie” Hudson, and Calvin Fossett first performed as the 3 Bees. After Billy Shelton and Calvin Fossett graduated, a new group emerged. Towards the end of 1952, as high school seniors, Pookie Hudson, Ernest Warren, Willie C. Jackson, Opal Courtney Jr., and Gerald Gregory debuted as The Spaniels (originally entitled Pookie Hudson and the Hudsonnaires.) With the vocal training from Billy Shelton, the Spaniels found their sound. Less than a year later, upon graduation, the newly-found doo wop group became one of the first of two artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records, the first, large, independent Afro-American owned record label. With the help of Vee-Jay Records, the group sprouted to the top of the charts with their hit songs “Baby It’s You” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”.
Although the era of doo wop is a thing of the past, Billy Shelton keeps the sound alive with current members of the Spaniels, Patrick Pitre, Gene Stewart, and Pernell Davis. Throughout the years, the group has performed nationwide, spreading the nostalgic warmth of days gone by.
The 2016 MD11 State Convention will take place at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights in Sterling Heights, Michigan on May 12-15, 2016.
Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights 34911 Van Dyke | Sterling Heights | Michigan |48312 (586) 979-1400 Phone | (586) 979-0430 Fax