Bishop & Grady vs. Moore & Roberts

George Bishop of the Mighty Majors and producer/songwriter Walter Grady took a stab at an Otis Redding tribute song circa late 1967 or early 1968, but it likely never made it off this rare, crackly acetate from the long-defunct Robbins Recording Studios of Greensboro:


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Curt Moore and Roy Roberts must’ve beaten them to the punch:


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Roberts wasn’t even supposed to be the singer on the session—just the guitarist—but a last-minute switch due to someone else’s hangover led to Bo-Ro #102, his first release, and the launching of a solo career that has taken him to Raleigh and beyond:

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