Silver Springs, Maryland’s Promise hit a kid-soul pinnacle with “I’m Not Ready For Love." DB Sounds proprietor Robert Hosea Williams, however, was more interested in marketing the young foursome to adults than spreading kid fever. Discovered by Williams’ DC International artist Skip Mahoney at a seedy Holiday Inn, the Gerladets could barely sing their arranged parts. Williams immediately set out to make the group over with a rigorous rehearsal schedule and a brand new name. His original name for the group was Kiss, but scrapped it when a Neil Bogart-represented artist of the same name emerged in early 1974. Neither of Promise’s two 45s made much noise on the airwaves, but the group managed to open for James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and the Supremes before calling it quits later in the decade.

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