Persuaders, The

Also known as Persuaders, Persuasions, The
Members of Persuaders, The: Charles Stodghill, Douglas Scott (2), James Barnes (6), Joe Coleman, John Tobias (2), Thomas L. Hill, Willie B. Holland
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.thepersuadersonline.com/

Discography of Persuaders, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Count The Ways / Two Women 2 Audio 1976 Calla Records
2 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 2 Audio Atlantic
3 The Persuaders 10 Audio 1973 ATCO Records
4 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy 2 Audio 1971 ATCO Records
5 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 10 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
6 Please Stay / Bad, Bold And Beautiful, Girl 2 Audio 1973 ATCO Records
7 Once In A Lifetime Thing / All Strung Out On You 2 Audio 1974 ATCO Records
8 Thanks For Loving Me / This Is What You Call Love (I Don't Want No Part Of It) 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
9 Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love 2 Audio 1974-07-12 A&M Records
10 I Need Love / Sure Shot A/K/A/ Gamblin' On A Sure Shot 2 Audio 1976 Calla Records
11 Thanks For Loving Me / If This Is What You Call Love (I Don't Want No Part Of It) 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
12 What Is The Definition Of Love / Peace In The Valley Of Love 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
13 The Quickest Way Out 2 Audio 1976 Calla Records
14 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 9 Audio 1974 Atlantic
15 I've Been Through This Before / Stay With Me 2 Audio 1974 ATCO Records
16 It's All About Love 9 Audio 1976 Calla Records
17 All Strung Out On You / Once In A Lifetime Thing 2 Audio 1974 ATCO Records
18 I've Been Through This Before 2 Audio 1974 ATCO Records
19 Made To Be Loved 15 Audio 2005 It's Soul Time
20 What Is The Definition Of Love / Peace In The Valley Of Love 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
21 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy 2 Audio 1971 Atlantic
22 Some Guys Have All The Luck / Love Attack 2 Audio 1973 Atlantic
23 Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love 2 Audio 1974 A&M Records
24 The Platinum Collection 20 Audio 2007
25 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) 2 Audio Collectables
26 What Is The Definition Of Love / Peace In The Valley Of Love 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
27 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy 2 Audio 1971 ATCO Records
28 I Need Love 2 Audio 1976 Calla Records
29 It's All About Love 9 Audio 1977 Calla Records
30 Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) 2 Audio 1971 Win Or Lose
31 What Is The Definition Of Love / Peace In The Valley Of Love 2 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
32 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 9 Audio 1974 Atlantic
33 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy 2 Audio 1971 ATCO Records
34 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 12 Audio Collectables
35 Some Guys Have All The Luck / Love Attack 2 Audio 1973 ATCO Records
36 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 2 Audio 1974 ATCO Records
37 Bad, Bold And Beautiful, Girl 2 Audio 1973 ATCO Records
38 Thin Line Between Love & Hate 2 Audio Atlantic
39 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Peace In The Valley 2 Audio 1972 Atlantic
40 Thin Line Between Love & Hate / Thigh Spy 2 Audio ATCO Records
41 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 9 Audio 1974 Atlantic
42 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 10 Audio 2012
43 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 10 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose
44 Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) / You Must Have Put Something In Your Love 2 Audio 1971 Win Or Lose
45 It's All About Love 9 Audio 2014-07-09 Calla Records
46 Thin Line Between Love And Hate 10 Audio 1972 Win Or Lose


Formed in 1969 in the Bronx, the Persuaders moved briefly to the top of the Soul Music world in the early 70s and created a handful of gems, some of which have been remade and sampled as hits in multiple genres.

The Persuaders were was formed from the ashes of doo-wop groups the Internationals and the Majestics, and the group's original lineup, led by gritty lead singer Smokey Scott and also including Jimmy Barnes, Charles Stodghill and Willie Holland, signed with Atco Records in 1971.

The musical force behind the group was pianist/songwriter Richard Poindexter (who had spent much of the late 60s writing for such artists as Linda Jones and the O'Jays). They came out of the box on fire and scored a huge hit that year with the Poindexter-penned "Thin Line Between Love and Hate," a now-classic ballad of warning that described the (literally) painful consequences to a man who took his woman for granted.

While the Persuaders never again had a large crossover hit, they recorded a number of additional Soul charters over the next three years, including the top 10 "Love Gonna Pack Up" and the excellent mid-tempo "Some Guys Have All The Luck" (later recorded by Rod Stewart and Robert Palmer).


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