Darrell Banks (July 25, 1937 - February 24, 1970) was a highly acclaimed soul singer with powerful, emotive vocals who became famous during the late 1960s. He is best known for the imploring "Open The Door To Your Heart" (1966).
Born Darrell Eubanks in Mansfield, Ohio, he was raised in Buffalo, New York and began as a child singing gospel in church before eventually switching to secular music and moving to Detroit, Michigan. In 1966, he signed with Solid Hitbound Productions/Revilot Records and by 1969, had moved to Stax.
Darrell Banks debuted in 1966 with "Open The Door To Your Heart," which reached #2 on the R&B charts and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. This smash was followed later that year by "Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You" (1966), which made the R&B Top 40. Banks' final charting song came in 1967 with "Here Come The Tears" (1967).
Banks' life and career were tragically cut short in 1970 when he was fatally shot by an off-duty policeman during a dispute involving Banks' girlfriend. Over the years, he has amassed a loyal following among fans of Northern Soul and his original vinyl recordings are highly sought-after collector's items.
- The Detroit Metro Times remembers Darrell Banks.
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