The Radiants were a doo wop/R&B group formed in Chicago in 1960 at the city's Greater Harvest Baptist Church. The original lineup consisted of members of that church's Youth Choir: Maurice McAlister (lead), Charles Washington (tenor), Jerome Brooks (tenor), Wallace Sampson (baritone), and Elzie Butler (bass). The Radiants had many personnel changes before finally disbanding in 1972. By 1964, most of the group members had departed, leaving only McAlister and Sampson who, with then-new member Leonard Caston, Jr., continued on as a trio through 1965. McAlister and Caston left The Radiants later that year, with James Jameson replacing Caston. Mitchell Bullock eventually joined the group, serving as the lead singer from 1967-1972.
The Radiants debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1962 with "Father Knows Best," a minor national hit which became hugely popular in Cleveland. The group had several other hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts through 1968. The upbeat "Voice Your Choice" (1964) became The Radiants' biggest hit and signature song, reaching #16 on the R&B charts. Other hits included "It Ain't No Big Thing" (1965) and "Hold On" (1968) which also made the R&B charts' Top 40.
Founding group member/lead singer Maurice McAlister later went on to record with Green McLauren (a member of The Radiants from 1962-1963) as Maurice & Mac. The duo had a minor hit on the Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with "Oh What A Time."
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- Voice Your Choice 1964
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