The Dynamics

There are multiple bands named 'The Dynamics'. If you are looking for the band called 'Dynamics' their artist page is here 1.) The Original "The Dynamics" In 1969 The Dynamics released First Landing, their first album on Cotillion Records. A smooth slice of soul called "Ice Cream Song" garnered substantial airplay on R&B radio stations, but almost as quickly as the band appeared on the scene, they evaporated into the patchouli haze of psychedelic soul that dominated the airwaves towards the end of the '60s. Though a second album, What a Shame, briefly placed the Dynamics back on the radar of soul music fans in 1973, the legacy of the group was relegated to cult status. ...show more

There are multiple bands named 'The Dynamics'. If you are looking for the band called 'Dynamics' their artist page is here 1.) The Original "The Dynamics" In 1969 The Dynamics released First Landing, their first album on Cotillion Records. A smooth slice of soul called "Ice Cream Song" garnered substantial airplay on R&B radio stations, but almost as quickly as the band appeared on the scene, they evaporated into the patchouli haze of psychedelic soul that dominated the airwaves towards the end of the '60s. Though a second album, What a Shame, briefly placed the Dynamics back on the radar of soul music fans in 1973, the legacy of the group was relegated to cult status.

Thanks to David Gorman and Michael Nieves at Hacktone, First Landing has been lovingly unearthed so that a contemporary audience can savor a long forgotten entry in the canon of '60s soul music. The Dynamics were Zeke Harris, George White, Fred Baker, and Samuel Stevenson: four vocalists from Detroit whose different vocal styles blended into one lustrous whole. Under the management of Ted White, who had escorted his wife Aretha Franklin from Detroit down to Muscle Shoals for her legendary Atlantic recording sessions, The Dynamics were similarly transplanted to American Studios in Memphis to catch some of the magic that catapulted Franklin to "Queen of Soul". Shaping the group's sound were producers Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman, a team whose Midas touch spun pop gold on records by Elvis Presley ("Suspicious Minds"), Wilson Pickett ("I'm in Love"), the Box Tops ("Cry Like a Baby"), and Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline").

Like their Detroit brethren, the Temptations , the Dynamics alternated lead vocalists. The versatile voice of Zeke Harris, who fronts eight of the 12 tracks on First Landing, defined the group's sound. He approached his performances with nuance and a keen interpretation for the lyrics. As for the other lead vocalists, George White possessed an Eddie Kendricks-like falsetto and Fred Baker supplied the grease to the Dynamics' southern fried Detroit soul. ...show less