The Golden World Story
The Royal Jokers

photograph courtesy DeAnne James

The Wingate label had now given up on it's Jazz experiment and was releasing songs by groups such as the Royal Jokers.

They were a long established group and apparently got their name from a suggestion by Maurice King.

In 1958 they recorded for Fortune and Hi Q before moving on to Harry Balk and Irv McConick at Embee Productions on Alexandrine.

After releases on Metro, Keldon and Big Top they signed to Wingate and  recorded the excellent "Love game A-Z", probably the label's best release.

It would be the Royal Jokers final 45 however.

The song's arranger, Joe Hunter, worked on many songs throughout the city and is one of the key players in the Detroit story. 

The writer and co-producer of "Love game" was Richard Morris who worked on some of Golden World's best material with Edwin Starr, Rose Battiste, JJ Barnes, the Debonaires and the Fantastic Four.




Notes by David Meikle

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