The Whispers perform at the Terrace Theater

The concert also included performances by former Shalamar member Howard Hewett and Chante Moore.

The Whispers now have 3 members
A bittersweet concert, it was the first time the R&B group, The Whispers have performed in California since the death of their band member Nicholas Caldwell.

A founding member, Caldwell, 71, who died January 5th, was responsible for penning many of the groups signature dance moves and songs, including their most popular hit “Lady.” He had a pacemaker inserted about a year ago and during the last few shows had been unable to perform their signature dance moves.

It’s unclear exactly what led to his death, but at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, his life was celebrated as the remaining trio of the group which started in 1963 celebrated 50 years of still “going strong.” Wearing sombre black, Wallace Scott, Walter Scott and Leaveil Degree sang their hits that included “And The Beat Goes On,” “Rock Steady,” “All The Way,” “Olivia.”

One of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area.

Howard at the Terrace theater

They began singing together as “the Eden trio” created by Nicholas Caldwell and Marcus Hutson. Later, they were renamed “The Whispers” by Lou Bedell of Dore Records.

Chante Moore

The concert also included performances by former Shalamar member Howard Hewett and Chante Moore who delighted audiences with several of their soulful hits.

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