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Name: Arthur Prysock                                                                 
Born: 2 January 1929                                                                 
Died: 7 June 1997                                                                   
Arthur Prysock (2 January 1929-7 June 1997) was an American jazz singer best         
known for his live shows and his baritone influenced by Billy Eckstine.             
Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Prysock moved to Hartford, Connecticut to       
work in the aircraft industry during World War II. In 1944 bandleader Buddy         
Johnson signed him as a vocalist, and Prysock became a mainstay of the live         
performance circuits. Prysock sang on several of Johnson's hits on Decca Records     
("Jet My Love", 1947 and "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone", 1948) and later on     
Mercury Records ("Because", 1950).                                                   
In 1952 Prysock went solo and signed with Decca to record the R&B hit, "I Didn't     
Sleep a Wink Last Night". He recorded R&B classics like Roy Brown's "Good           
Rocking Tonight". In the sixties, Prysock joined Old Town Records and did an R&B     
cover of Ray Noble's ballad "The Very Thought of You" (1960) and a pop hit "It's     
Too Late Baby, It's Too Late" (1965). He also recorded on Verve Records ("A         
Working Man's Prayer", 1968).                                                       
In the seventies, he had a surprise disco hit with "When Love Is New" (Old Town,     
1977) and in 1985, recorded his first new album in almost a decade, Arthur           
Prysock (Milestone). He gained further attention for his tender, soulful singing     
on a beer commercial, "Tonight, tonight, let it be Lowenbreu."                       
His brother, Red Prysock, is a noted tenor sax player who appeared on many of       
Arthur's records.                                                                   
Prysock received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1995.