About the artist
When Shad folded Harlem in mid-1955, the Empires signed to Mercury to record "I Want to Know," issued on the label's Wing subsidiary. When the follow-up, "Looking for Love," appeared on Mercury proper, the group was now credited as the Prestos -- if anything, this switch only hurt their chances of scoring that elusive hit, and upon returning to Wing in early 1956 with "By the Riverside," they were again the Empires. After the release of "My First Discovery," Barnes temporarily joined the Platters in place of the ailing Tony Williams. His absence forced the Empires into hiatus, during which time their Mercury deal expired. They moved to the fledgling Whirlin' Disc imprint for "Linda" -- remarkably, the 1957 follow-up, a re-recorded "Magic Mirror," appeared with yet another name change, this time to the Whirlers. Regardless of their current billing, the Empires split soon after. Cooper later formed the Soul Rockers, scoring a 1962 hit with the instrumental "Wiggle Wobble."
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