July 1967 was a defining moment for the
city and for the talented trio Bridges, Knight and Eaton, and
at the time of the riots they were sure
they had hit on a song which could change their lives.
It was called 'Dream' and it would
eventually make it's way on to three separate 45's within the
next few months. It was that good.
Fred recalls, "The atmosphere in
Detroit was scary
and everyone had to keep their heads down to avoid the wrath
of the National Guard who had placed the city under curfew,
but we had this song which we were very excited about and
nothing was going to stop us.
armoured vehicle roams 12th Street. The
words "Soul Seeker" speak volumes.
So at night we would scurry between my
home on 15th and La Beat on 14th. It was
dangerous but we had a job to finish.
We also had to be careful that we didn't
upset Mr Beatty as this was a project all our own."
'Dream' would also surface thirty five
years later on a master tape and by a different artist.
Probably the finest version of them all, the compact disc
states that the performance was by Barbara Mercer. When I
played it to Fred however, he shook his head. "I remember
coaching the girl during the session which was at United
Sound. I recognise the backing singers as The Debonaires,
but this is not Barbara Mercer."
Regardless, it was a significant song
and one which would take them in a new direction.