Chuck Wells, captured on video!

...and we’re back with more on Chuck Wells, whom we located in Greensboro, North Carolina over the summer. Mr. Wells moved there in the early 1970s and got into gospel, leaving behind the active role that he played in the Eastern North Carolina r&b and soul scene as a keyboardist and singer with a variety of groups such as the Monitors (Greenville/Wilson), the Outcasters (Wilson), and Willie Ward and the Electras (Enfield/Rocky Mount).

In September, we filmed Mr. Wells performing his late-1960s release “The Love Knot.” Check out the video and also hear an mp3 of the original below.

Chuck Wells THE LOVE KNOT from Jesse Paddock on Vimeo.

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“The Love Knot” by Chuck Wells (1960s version)

Covacus: Almost Famous

When name dropping odd Carolina combos to establish musical common ground with ladies at the grocery store, the under documented Covacus from Greensboro gets a surprising market share. Vinyl-wise, one mighty appearance on the Budweiser Showdown series in the mid-‘80s constitutes the entirety of their analog catalog. The chronically misspelled group is best remembered for launching the career of vocalist Barbara Weather, who left Covacus to join Atlantic Starr, a tenure immortalized in the slow-jam canon with sensitive songs like “Always” and “Secret Lovers.” Save for Weathers, a whole slew, old and new, of Covacus folk will be assembling for a free concert Sunday, October 10th, as part of the North Carolina A&T University homecoming celebration. Provided is a new song, “Woo” by Charlie Mock, which should give newcomers and old timers an idea of what is to be expected. Here’s a hint: Wind Chimes! 

War Memorial Stadium
510 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro, NC
Show starts at 2:30 pm and is free to the public.

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“Woo,” credited to Gibby Haynes & His Problem


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