The Sandpebbles were an R&B vocal group formed in New York City consisting of Calvin White (d. 2007), Andrea Bolden, and Lonzine Wright that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best remembered for the rousing, gospel-influenced "Love Power" featuring Wright's mighty lead vocals. Prior to forming The Sandpebbles, Calvin White had been a member of The Gospel Whispers and had also performed with The Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir.
The Sandpebbles made their national debut in 1967 on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts with "Forget It," which became a Top 10 R&B hit. This was followed later that year by their best known song, "Love Power," which also became a Top 10 R&B hit and made the Top 40 on the Pop/Rock charts. This Teddy Vann-penned song was remade in 1991 (as part of a medley, "Power Of Love/Love Power") by Luther Vandross whose version topped the R&B charts, made the Pop/Rock charts Top 5, and won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song.
The Sandpebbles also had two minor hits in 1968 with "If You Didn't Hear Me The First Time (I'll Say It Again)" and their version of The Association's "Never My Love." They changed their name to C & The Shells in 1969 and had two hits that year on the R&B charts with "You Are The Circus" and their cover of the Oliver hit, "Good Morning Starshine" (from the Broadway musical, "Hair").
- The Journal of Gospel Music remembers Calvin White.
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- Love Power 1967
(This song later also became a hit for Luther Vandross (1991, as a medley).)
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