Winston-Salem group heading into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 12, 2015 4:01 AM

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Lowman "Pete" Pauling softly plucked his guitar, the cue for John L. Tanner to step into the microphone at Fries Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University one day in August 1951.

Nearby, executives with Apollo Records in New York City hovered over their recording equipment, wondering whether Pauling, Tanner and their three band mates in the Royal Sons Quintet — Otto Jeffries, William Samuels and Jimmy Moore — would become their next big recording stars, joining a roster that...

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