The year was 1952. The city was Detroit, Michigan. Isaiah “Lil Shoot” Jones, Wilson DeShields and Leo Coney decided to form a gospel quartet group. They would come to be known as The Violinaires. From this humble beginning the world was introduced to the greatest gospel group to sing God’s praises. Know for their high falsetto background and lead singers, the group would make an indubitable mark on gospel music.
Shortly afterwards, they were bless with a great talent in the person of Willie Banks. He would become their first lead singer. He remained with the group for a short time before he moved on to form his own group. In the early sixties, they were blessed with another powerfully talented lead singer, Robert Blair. That was over 30 years ago and the last time he sang he was still powerful. His unique style along with their high, sweet, falsetto voices in the background has become the signature of the Violinaires.
In 1965, they recorded their first album, "Stand By Me," for Chess Records which propelled them to the top of Gospel Music Charts all over the country. They remained on the gospel charts constantly until early 1970. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones also wrote for the group during that time. They have been very fortunate in recording for some of the top labels in the industry. In 1972, they recorded for Jewel Records. In 1983, they recorded for Malaco Records, under the leadership of (the late) Frank Williams. In 1988, they moved to Atlantic International Records (AIR), where they recorded one of their biggest selling records, "The Pink Tornado", which again made the record charts nationwide. In 1992, they recorded for Paula Records.
Robert Arrington has been a part of the group since the early 70's and has been singing back ground, along with composing and aranging some of the Violinaires greatest hits to date. Since the passing of Robert Blair he has enlisted some of today's top vocalists and musicians to breath a new life into the group, and to carry the torch of the infamous group. Leroy Gaylor and Keith Wintston (relative to Robert Blair), have joined him to create new songs on behalf of the original group. Taking the on the name of "The Fantastic Violinaires" they have found commercial success with their 2016 release of "Saying Hello" which is currently on rotation across the U.S gospel charts. Proving once again that The Fantastic Violinaires can stand the test of time.Type your paragraph here.
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