The Persuasions: The Grandfathers of A Cappella36:17

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photoFor four decades the Persuasions have been keeping alive the art of a cappella music and they do much more than just the do-wop and gospel tunes you'd expect. The Persuasions jump through genres as quickly as they do notes. Country-western, psychedelic rock, children's tunes and reggae are not spared from a Persuasions concert.

Their music has inspired many other groups from Boys II Men to Take Six. This hour, the Persuasions perform live in our studio and discuss the art of a cappella music.


Jerry Lawson, lead singer

Jimmy Hayes, bass vocalist

Joe Russell, tenor

Raymond Sanders, tenor

Jayotis Washington, baritone

This program aired on July 4, 2003.