The Legacy of Ray, Goodman, & Brown


Ray, Goodman & Brown
The first single under their new name, “Special Lady”, became one of their biggest hits, reaching No. 1 on the R&B chart and No. 5 on the pop chart in early 1980, earning them a gold record.[14] The song was written by, Goodman, Ray and Lee Walter. The B-side featured “Déjà Vu”, featured lyrics by Bob Natiello and music by Lou Toby. Their debut self titled album, “Ray, Goodman & Brown” became a big hit as well giving them their first gold album.[15] They followed up with more hits, including “Inside Of You” (No. 14 R&B, 1980). In 1982, following the release of their fourth (and final) Polydor album, Harry Ray left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Kevin “Ray” Owens, a backing vocalist for Luther Vandross. Harry Ray re-joined Sylvia and Joe Robinson at their new venture (Sugar Hill Records), but after one album and a minor hit, “Sweet Baby,” he rejoined Goodman and Brown in 1983 for their comeback on EMI with the ballad “Take It To the Limit” (which put them back on the R&B charts at No. 8 in 1987). In 1991, Brown’s nephew, Harold “Eban” Brown, former vocalist for The Delfonics, became the lead vocalist for Ray, Goodman & Brown. He stayed for two and a half years before joining The Manhattans and became lead vocalist for The Stylistics in 2000.