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  1. #1

    Greatest family group (of any genre)

    If you had to choose any of these family musical groups:
    The Mills Brothers
    The Isley Brothers
    The Andrews Sisters
    The Staple Singers
    The Drinkard Singers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Beach Boys
    The Five Stairsteps
    The Bee Gees
    The Sylvers
    The Emotions
    The Jackson 5
    The Osmonds
    Carpenters
    Zapp & Roger
    The Clark Sisters
    Tavares
    The Pointer Sisters
    The Gap Band
    Sister Sledge
    The Jones Girls
    DeBarge

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    Which one will be your pick?

    EDIT: Added Tavares and the Gap Band, if there's another legendary family group I've neglected to add, let me know!
    Last edited by midnightman; 10-18-2019 at 01:54 PM.

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    Of the ones you have listed I would go with either The Carpenters or The Pointer Sisters. Maybe Tavares would be another option to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    Of the ones you have listed I would go with either The Carpenters or The Pointer Sisters. Maybe Tavares would be another option to consider.
    I knew I was forgetting someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    Of the ones you have listed I would go with either The Carpenters or The Pointer Sisters. Maybe Tavares would be another option to consider.
    Definitely Tavares!

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    If you had to choose any of these family musical groups:
    The Mills Brothers
    The Isley Brothers
    The Staple Singers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Beach Boys
    The Five Stairsteps
    The Bee Gees
    The Sylvers
    The Emotions
    The Jackson 5
    The Osmonds
    Carpenters
    Zapp & Roger
    The Clark Sisters
    The Pointer Sisters
    Sister Sledge
    The Jones Girls
    DeBarge

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    Which one will be your pick?
    A very tough one, but if i have to choose just one it would have to be the Bee Gees for their longivity and versatility.

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    Tough call Midnightman but I'm picking The Isley Brothers.

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    Great choices so far, guys!

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    My wife's pick is The Five Stairsteps and I would go with Tavares. You could add the Cowsills and the Clark Sisters to the list as well. The Carter Family also from C&W music. There are more family groups out there.
    Last edited by mr_june; 10-18-2019 at 08:30 AM.

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    Even though they were a little before my main area,
    most musicals picks seem to minimize how great the Mills Brothers were.

    edafan

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    I'll go with GK&tP though there are lots of great names here.

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    I’d say the Isley brothers just for their longevity and versatility

    They adapted with soul music’s changes and remained relevant and popular decades after their debut

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    The Drinkards / Drinkard Singers - with Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston, among other excellent singers from their extended family.

    All these were excellent, too:
    The Mills Brothers
    The Isley Brothers
    The Staples Singers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Beach Boys
    The Five Stairsteps
    Chubby & The Turnpikes/Tavares
    The Jackson Five
    The Chambers Brothers
    The Emotions
    Sly and The Family Stone
    The Sylvers
    The Pointer Sisters

    There were also The Scott Brothers - both Chicago group and an East Coast group, The 5 Johnson Brothers(from Detroit), The Lewis Sisters, The Crampton Sisters,

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    The Gap Band and The Barrino Brothers might be included.....and Guinn

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    The King Family! Boy! Could those ladies sing.....! LOL! Oh and let's not forget the Del Rubio Triplets often seen on the Arsenio Hall Show:


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    Statler Bros!!



    smokin' cigarettes and watching CAPTAIN KANGEROO....
    now don't tell me

    I've nothin' to do!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEW-UK View Post
    The Gap Band and The Barrino Brothers might be included.....and Guinn
    Oh Lord, how could I forget the Wilson brothers Charlie, Robert and Ronnie! DOH! Lol

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    The Drinkards / Drinkard Singers - with Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston, among other excellent singers from their extended family.

    All these were excellent, too:
    The Mills Brothers
    The Isley Brothers
    The Staples Singers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Beach Boys
    The Five Stairsteps
    Chubby & The Turnpikes/Tavares
    The Jackson Five
    The Chambers Brothers
    The Emotions
    Sly and The Family Stone
    The Sylvers
    The Pointer Sisters

    There were also The Scott Brothers - both Chicago group and an East Coast group, The 5 Johnson Brothers(from Detroit), The Lewis Sisters, The Crampton Sisters,
    Good additions. In terms of overall impact, I guess, I can add the Drinkard Singers.

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    For total outstanding achievement, most influential and longevity it would be a toss between The Isley Bros and The BeeGees

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    The Staple Singers or The Pointers Sisters, I'll give the edge to the Pointers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    Statler Bros!!



    smokin' cigarettes and watching CAPTAIN KANGEROO....
    now don't tell me

    I've nothin' to do!!
    Hey Boogie Down: Thanks for mentioning our local boys! I work in the same town where they got started and to us they are just "folks" that we see in the grocery store or post office all the time. Are you a local person or just a fan from wherever you may live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    If you had to choose any of these family musical groups:
    The Mills Brothers
    The Isley Brothers
    The Andrews Sisters
    The Staple Singers
    The Drinkard Singers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Beach Boys
    The Five Stairsteps
    The Bee Gees
    The Sylvers
    The Emotions
    The Jackson 5
    The Osmonds
    Carpenters
    Zapp & Roger
    The Clark Sisters
    Tavares
    The Pointer Sisters
    The Gap Band
    Sister Sledge
    The Jones Girls
    DeBarge

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    Which one will be your pick?

    EDIT: Added Tavares and the Gap Band, if there's another legendary family group I've neglected to add, let me know!
    One family act you forgot to list are The Ronettes (Veronica Bennett [aka Ronnie Spector], her sister Estelle Bennett & their cousin Nedra Talley).


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    The Keane Brothers!


  23. #23
    The Clark Sisters of Detroit!


  24. #24
    The Winans of Detroit!


  25. #25
    Bebe & Cece Winans of Detroit!


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    The Jones Girls of Detroit!


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    The Womack Brothers of Cleveland!


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    The Williams Brothers of Mississippi!


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    What?? No Partridge Family or Brady Bunch??!

    Seriously, though my pick would be the Isley Brother for their multiple genres and longevity.

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    The Greatest: Bee Gees
    My Favorite: Carpenters

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    What?? No Partridge Family or Brady Bunch??!

    Seriously, though my pick would be the Isley Brother for their multiple genres and longevity.
    I know what you mean lockhartgary! I was thinking of them when I posted the Keane Brothers. I'm telling you the 70s just don't get enough respect!

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    The Jets of Minneapolis- St. Paul


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    The Chamber Brothers. ( My Grandad knew them when they were kids)


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    The Whispers! The first record I bought in 1980:


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    Tony! Toni! Toné!


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    The McGuire Sisters


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    THE TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS


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    Alvin and the Chipmunks


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    The Lennon Sisters


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    The Cowsills


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    I forgot Detroit's Hamilton Brothers, Bob(AKA Rob Reeco), Al(AKA Al Kent), and Eugene(AKA Ronnie Savoy), who were 3 of the 5 members of The Nitecaps in 1956 and '57, who recorded for Groove/Vik Records.

    And Brenda Holloway and Patrice Holloway were members of The Watesians, along with Pat Hunt (rumoured to be their cousin, but I seem to remember Brenda admitting Pat was her best friend, so she called her "cousin", but she really wasn't by blood).

    Clarence Paul (Nee Pauling) sang for a short while, with his brother, Lowman, and 2 cousins, in their family Gospel group, before they morphed into The Five Royals.

    Betty Winston and her sister Jackie sang together in Detroit's Adorables, together with sisters Pat and Diane Lewis.

    2 of The Debonairs also were related, Joyce Vincent, and her cousin, Telma Hopkins.

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    I forgot Detroit's Hamilton Brothers, Bob(AKA Rob Reeco), Al(AKA Al Kent), and Eugene(AKA Ronnie Savoy), who were 3 of the 5 members of The Nitecaps in 1956 and '57, who recorded for Groove/Vik Records.

    And Brenda Holloway and Patrice Holloway were members of The Watesians, along with Pat Hunt (rumoured to be their cousin, but I seem to remember Brenda admitting Pat was her best friend, so she called her "cousin", but she really wasn't by blood).

    Clarence Paul (Nee Pauling) sang for a short while, with his brother, Lowman, and 2 cousins, in their family Gospel group, before they morphed into The Five Royals.

    Betty Winston and her sister Jackie sang together in Detroit's Adorables, together with sisters Pat and Diane Lewis.

    2 of The Debonairs also were related, Joyce Vincent, and her cousin, Telma Hopkins.
    All of those are interesting and good choices Robb. I've heard of most of them.

  43. #43
    How about The Detroit Emeralds?


  44. #44
    The Delfonics


  45. #45
    The Ronettes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    One family act you forgot to list are The Ronettes (Veronica Bennett [aka Ronnie Spector], her sister Estelle Bennett & their cousin Nedra Talley).

    Thanks! Yeah I TOTALLY forgot them lol

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    The Isley Brothers, by a considerable distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    Thanks! Yeah I TOTALLY forgot them lol
    How the heck did I forget The Ronettes!

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    Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family


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    Guy


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