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Ed Ward's Favorite Band from the 1950s

In the first of a two-part profile, Fresh Air's rock historian looks back at the 5 Royales. They started off as a mediocre gospel group from North Carolina before evolving into a distinctive rhythm and blues vocal ensemble signed to Apollo Records.

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Other segments from the episode on October 18, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 18, 1988: Interview with Randy Newman; Commentary on the band the 5 Royales; Interview with Fran Landesman; Review William Shawcross's book "The Shah's Last Ride."

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