The Unifics were an R&B/soul group formed at Howard University in Washington, D.C. that became famous during the late 1960s. The original hitmaking lineup consisted of baritone Harold "Hal" Worthington, tenors Michel Ward and Greg Cook, and lead singer Al Johnson (February 11, 1948 - October 26, 2013), with a number of personnel changes thereafter. The Unifics signed with manager Guy Draper who got them a contract with Kapp Records and became their producer and main songwriter.
The Unifics debuted in 1968 with their biggest hit, "Court Of Love," which made the R&B Top 5 and Pop/Rock Top 40. This smash, in which mock courtroom proceedings can be heard intermittently throughout, was followed later that year by "The Beginning Of My End" (1968), an R&B Top 10 and Top 40 Pop/Rock hit. The Unifics' hits, which continued on both charts through 1969, also included "It's A Groovy World!" (1969) and "Toshisumasu" (1969).
After The Unifics disbanded in the early 1970s, Al Johnson pursued a solo career and also produced, arranged, wrote songs, and served as a session musician for other bands and artists. In 2004, Johnson and another former member, Tom Fauntleroy, reformed The Unifics along with two new members, Charlie Lockhart and Garrett Hall. Since then, the group has continued to tour and record, with a number of personnel changes along the way.
- The Washington Post remembers Al Johnson.
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- The Beginning Of My End 1968
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