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Chairmen
of the
Board

With one of Soul Music's all-time great group names, the Chairmen of the Board has pleased music lovers for over 30 years. Formed in Detroit , the Chairmen were one of the first acts signed by songwriting legends Holland/Dozier/Holland for their Invictus label following H/D/H's messy divorce from Motown. The group came out of the box strong in 1970 with the wonderful "Give Me Just A Little More Time," a classic early ’70s radio smash highlighted by lead singer General Johnson's emotive, plaintive vocals. "Give Me" was the foundation of the group's excellent debut album, which also featured the infectious "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String.”

Over the years, the Chairmen of the Board General Johnson, Danny Woods and Ken Knox were among Soul Music's most consistent hitmakers, scoring big with "Pay to the Piper," "Finders Keepers," "Chairman of the Board," and the blissful "Everything's Tuesday,”“Carolina Girls “On the Beach.”

The Chairmen continued to record with moderate success, scoring a surprise hit in Europe in the early 2000s with the joyous "Bless Your Heart," a great tune and performance that sounds like it was plucked from their early ’70s catalog. 

Group leader General Johnson died on October 13, 2010 at age 67.  At the request  of General Johnson to keep the group's legacy strong, 40-year member Ken Knox continues to lead the group touring with new members Thomas Hunter and Brandon Stevens and a 6 piece backing band known as The Executives.

Two years later, Swiffer Jet used the group's timeless hit “Give me just a Little More Time” in a  popular commercial for the company. The Group also released their first single post General Johnson “YOU” to an enthusiastic Fan Base stateside and across the pond.

In 2015,  the group scored a # 5 record on the UK Soul Charts with “Reach Out 2 Me,” written by Thomas Hunter, Ken Knox with Production from famed UK Producer Nigel Lowis.

The past few years, The NFL Carolina Panthers have featured the group in video singing the teams theme song and a Half Time Performance.  The Carolina Panthers continues to play their music during home games.

Chairmen of the Board are members of the North and South Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In September 2016, they completed a successful two-week Tour of the  UK.

About Ken Knox

When he was 12 years of age, Ken Knox went to the Motown Revue at the Fox Theater in Detroit with friends and became fascinated  by the music and the stars on the stage—The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver's, Junior Walker and the AllStars. After that experience, Ken picked up his brother Leonard's sax and eventually taught himself to play. This led to Knox forming his own group and performing in clubs and bars around Detroit and subsequently the meeting with Danny Woods in 1973, which finished up with Ken and his group dancing on the bar with Woods. Before the chance encounter with Woods, Ken did a short stint touring as a musician with the Detroit Emeralds and Former Ohio Player Walter Junie Morrison.

 

 

All I Need Is You Tonight

 

 

Chairmen Of The Board - “You”

The Chairmen Of The Board have given us great music for many years, including the hits "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "Pay to the Piper" plus some of the finest "Carolina Beach Music" you'll ever hear. In 2010, lead singer General Johnson passed away..but the band plays on!

 

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