The Triumphs

Organ player Bennie Goodman came to LA on a gospel mission. Together with two of evangelist Bishop C.H. Whittaker’s sons, they formed the Triumphs. After Joe Westmoreland joined, and through the intervention of James Cleveland, the group was signed to VeeJay, just months after the label signed four Liverpool lads. Two Triumphs singles failed to catch on due to VeeJay's distracted promotional effort, and the group were gone. Released on their self-operated Black Artists label, “We Don’t Love Enough” is pure protest, a reflection on intolerance that is more Stax than Savoy. The Triumphs' universal themes cost them more than one deal with the majors. Apparently, they were not “gospel” enough. Go figure.

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