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The Persuaders

Formed 1968, New York, New York, U.S.A.

The original members comprised of:

Douglas 'Smokey' Scott (lead singer)

Willie Holland

James 'B.J.' Barnes


Charles Stodghill


Alex Brown (Alexander Brown) (a.k.a. Bud) (b. 3rd June 1950, Perdue Hill, Alabama, U.S.A. d. April 2007, U.S.A.)

The Persuaders were formed in 1969 in the Bronx.

The group's original lineup, included lead singer Smokey Scott, Jimmy Barnes, Charles Stodghill and Willie Holland.

The group signed with Atco Records in 1971.


thin line between love and hate - 1972 / the persuaders - 1973 / best thing that ever happened to me - 1974 / it's all about love - 1976

The pianist and songwriter Richard Poindexter penned ‘Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ (U.S. Pop number 15, U.S. R&B number 1) for the group (selling over a million copies).

By 1973, and their second album, John Tobias and Thomas Lee Hill had replaced Barnes and Stodghill.

Further releases included ‘Love Gonna Pack Up’ (U.S. Pop number 64, R&B number 8) and ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’ (U.S. Pop number 39, U.S. R&B number 7, later recorded by Rod Stewart, Maxi Priest and Robert Palmer).


made to be loved - 2005

The Persuaders most recent line-up features Vincent (Vince) Ballard, Sylvester (Jay) Jones, Tmarvin Williams and Keith (Soul) Simmons.

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Thin Line Between Love And Hate (Win Or Lose Records 1972)

The Persuaders (Atco Records 1973)

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (Atco Records 1974)

It's All About Love (Calla Records 1976)

Made To Be Loved (It's Soul Time Records 2006)

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