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Lester, Bobby [nee Robert L. Dallas]
Birth Year : 1930
Death Year : 1980
Lester was born in Louisville, KY, he was a tenor singer. Lester sung with Harvey Fuqua playing piano when both were teens in Louisville, they first performed in 1949. They would become members of the group Moonglows in Cleveland, OH. Lester was the lead singer on most of the group's recordings from 1952-1960. Prior to the group becoming a hit, Lester worked in a coal yard by day and sung at night. One of the group's best known hits is "Sincerely," released in December 1954. With success also came change, and the group was named Bobby Lester and the Moonglows for a bief period. The group split up around 1960 and Lester returned to Louisville. He was managing a night club, when in 1970, he revived the group as the New Moonglows and also revived the Flamingos [which had began as a Black Jewish group in Chicago in the early 1950s]. The New Moonglows lasted for a couple of years,and the group was reconfigured in 1972 with Lester, Fuqua, Alexander Graves, Chuck Lewis, and Doc Williams. They recorded the album The Return of the Moonglows. The group would be reconfigured again in 1978 and continued to perform with Lester as a member until his death in 1980. Lester died of lung cancer in Louisville. After his death,a new leader was chosen and the Moonglows continued performing into the 1990s. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. See images and hear the Moonglows singing "Sincerely" (1972 version) on YouTube. For more see the Bobby Lester entry in The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars by J. Simmonds; see also the album The Best of Bobby Lester and the Moonglows. For more on the Moonglows see American Singing Groups by J. Warner.
Subjects: Musicians, Opera, Singers, Song Writers
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky