Jheri Curl June: The Whispers’ “Rock Steady”

On Tuesday we talked about the Deele, the Ohio-based R&B group that kickstarted the careers of Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Today we look at one of the songs the duo produced under their production company, Deelesongz, Inc.: the Whispers’ “Rock Steady.”

The Whispers were formed in 1963 by twins and black Mario Bros. Wallace “Scotty” Scott and Walter Scott, and had several hits throughout the ’60s and ’70s. But “Rock Steady” was their first hit to make it into the Top 10 on the Hot 100, peaking at number 7. I like to think that the success of Rock Steady can be directly attributed to this amazing video:

This song does not sound like it was recorded by a bunch of middle-aged men with varying degrees of ridiculous facial hair. I’m sure that many young women were disappointed upon seeing the video, which is over five minutes of what appear to be multiple Steve Harvey impressionists busting moves that would look goofy coming from a boy band. Yet, the young, hip-looking fans in the audience seem to be thoroughly enjoying the show, so maybe nobody was disappointed after all. Maybe “Rock Steady” is proof that, even in the MTV age, older dudes with lame dance moves could totally be relevant, make hit music, and feature in their own music video–goofy moustaches and all.

Enjoy “Rock Steady” sans visuals, along with the rest of the Spotify playlist below:


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