Owensboro, Kentucky, is known better for exporting coal than recording soul, but in 1967 Eugene Hayden, Michael Black, and Bruce Griffith, began making racket in their Mechanicsville neighborhood. Too young to drive, they lugged equipment on foot, inspiring the Soul Walkers moniker. James Palmer Jackson, Ben Griffin, Johnny McNary and Charles Winston were added to the group, along with Winston's driver's license used for traveling to gigs. Central City's Raymond Rich of Cardinal Studio approached the group, exchanging free studio time for top billing on their subsequent 45's label. Two singles were cut circa in 1969 and '70 before the group split after an opportunity to back Carla and Rufus Thomas in Europe was missed due to the inability to find a suitable chaperone.