The Les Humphries Singers

Apparently inspired by The Edwin Hawkins Singers the English-born Les Humphries formed “The Les Humphries Singers” in Hamburg, Germany, in 1969. The group consisted of a large number of singers (at times more than twenty) of diverse ethnic origin. Members included John Lawton who would go on to be the lead singer for Uriah Heep and Liz Mitchell who would later front Boney M. The Les Humphries Singers performed a mix of  Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, and Disco. They enjoyed most of their success, including number one hits, in Europe with songs like We Are Going Down Jordan, To My Father’s House and Mama Loo. One of their best known worldwide hits is 1972’s Mexico, which was based on the 1957 Country hit “The Battle of New Orleans.”

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