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There are at least two bands named "The Showmen":1) a New Orleans-based pop group formed in 19612) an italian group active in 60s and 70s1.The Showmen were a New Orleans-based pop group formed in 1961.

They will be most remembered for their classic track "It Will Stand" on Minit Records.Unlike the majority of artists that recorded for New Orleans labels controlled by Joe Banashak, The Showmen were not from Crescent City or close surrounds.

They all came from Norfolk, Virginia, moving to New Orleans in May 1961 and April 1962 to record fifteen titles under the studio supervision of the then barely known Allen Toussaint.General Norman Johnson, at the age of twelve, formed the group The Humdingers that would eventually become The Showmen with school friends the same neighborhood.

By this time he had acquired the nickname "Cricket" ( after the insect).In the late fifties, Noah Biggs of Norfolk, Virginia began managing The Humdingers, not long after Cricket graduated from high school Biggs organised a demonstration recording session for the group and sent the resulting tape to Joe Banashak set up in New Orleans.

The songs on the demo tape were "The Owl Sees You", "For You My Darling", "Skinny McGinny" and "I Go On Loving You". Banashak was sufficiently smitten to despatch Allen Toussaint to Washington D.C. to record The Humdingers professionally.

"Our Love Will Stand" on the Swan label became a classic Northern Soul track listed as number 382 on the Northern Soul All Time Top 500. * General Norman Johnson, lead singer * Milton 'Smokes' Wells, bass guitar * Dorsey 'Chops' Knight, second tenor * Gene 'Cheater' Knight, first tenor * Leslie 'Fat Boy' Felton, baritoneIn 1968 Johnson left the group, an amicable split, to begin his association with Holland-Dozier-Holland's venture to be called Invictus Records.

He became leader of the group Chairmen of the Board, and went on to have hits with "Give me Just A Little More Time" and "Pay To The Piper." During this time, Johnson wrote and and recorded the original version of "Patches," a major hit for Clarence Carter.

The Showmen (managed by Norman Johnson) presently consists of Warren Brown, Rubin Collick, Michael Spratley, and Bill Talley. They are very active and may be booked through Norman Johnson with generalentertainent.

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The Showmen performs oldies, electronic music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book The Showmen for your event, Please Contact. The Showmen has more than 11.0K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Dean Parrish . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Showmen for an upcoming event.

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