The quartet of Kenny Latham, David Mahan, Rondal Davis, and James "Chuckie" Littleton formed their group in the hallways of Columbus' South High School in the mid-1960s. After linking up the talented Almon family (brothers Jay, Billy, and Roscoe) and multi-instrumentalist Ron Farthing, who together had formed a band known as the Soul Partners, they hit the local circuit of talent shows, clubs, halls, and college gigs with vigor. Clem Price had been putting the word out around town that he was interested in signing artists for management, promotion, and recording. The choices were limited in medium-sized Columbus. Bill Moss had yet to start up his Capsoul label and had only a couple 45s under his belt for Bell. Price talked a good game, convincing enough that the Royal Esquires became his first signing. "Ain't Gonna Run" has the inimitable youthful energy that can only emerge from organic talent and independent production.