They decided after auditioning and being signed to Kapp Records to change their name from The Supremes to Ruby and the Romantics. The male members of the group were:
Ed Roberts, George Lee, Ronald Mosley, and Leroy Fann
OUR DAY WILL COME LP
To this day this song remains very popular in NY & Philly on the oldies stations.
Kapp A&R head Allen Stanton changed the name of a quartet of guys singing together since high school over one weekend without any consultation, and gave the lead vocals and the billing to a woman who had never set foot inside a recording studio before the day they went to cut "Our Day Will Come."
Needless to say, Stanton's svengali-like mandates made an already tense situation worse, and from what I understand things got to the point that Ruby was so caught up in the glamour of her lead billing that she wouldn't even travel in the same car as the guys during their 15 minutes of fame.
They never came close to having even one Top 40 Pop or R&B followup single, and within a year following "Our Day Will Come," the group had stopped charting altogether.
Ruby Nash and Allen Stanton conspired to get all of the guys fired from the very "group" that those guys created, and within two years there were five completely different men calling themselves the Romantics. And within two years of that slaughter, all five of those guys had gotten fired, and the "Romantics" were actually two female backup singers!
Even with all of those wholesale changes, the "concept" of Ruby and the Romantics couldn't get arrested, much less a second hit record that any fans cared about.
If you hadn't already guessed, I kinda sorta disagree with your assessment of them having "classic" status!
I'd be very curious to hear more about which qualities of the group you found so attractive, and which of the three incarnations you considered to be the most talented.
Our day will come
And we'll have everything
We'll share the joy
Falling in Love Can Bring
No one can tell me
that I'm too young to know
I Love you so
Our Day will Come
This was one of my favorites, can you tell?
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