The Stereos were a doo-wop quintet from Steubenville, Ohio that became famous during the early 1960s. This group began in the mid 1950s as The Montereys consisting of first tenor and lead, Bruce Robinson (d. August 4, 2001), Tom "Tex" Williams (tenor), Leroy Swearingen (baritone), and Ronnie Collins (bass). By 1959, after a number of personnel and name changes (first to The Hi-Fi's, then The Buckeyes), the group had become known as The Stereos, with the lineup now consisting of Collins, Swearingen, Sam Profit (tenor), and George Otis (baritone), with Robinson as lead singer. Swearingen left the group the following year and was replaced by tenor and guitarist, Nathaniel Hicks.
The Stereos made their national debut in 1961 with the Leroy Swearingen-penned "I Really Love You," a catchy, rhythmic, foot-stomping serenade which became the group's greatest hit, reaching the R&B Top 20 and the Pop/Rock Top 40. This doo-wop classic was followed later that year with "Sweet Water," which became a minor hit on the Pop/Rock charts. The Stereos released several more singles throughout the 1960s and had disbanded by 1970. "I Really Love You" was later covered by George Harrison on his 1982 album, "Gone Troppo."
- Bruce Robinson discusses The Stereos' rich and complicated history in an interview with Marv Goldberg.
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- I Really Love You 1961
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