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Background Information

Employment History

Original Member

Apollo Theater

Original Lead Singer

The Escorts

The Legendary Escorts

Web References (6 Total References)

Group Bio [cached]

In a rare 1974 interview for Britain's "Blues & Soul" magazine completed just one day after a week-long stint at the famed Apollo Theater in New York, original member Reggie Haynes recalled, "It started when I was transferred to Rahway Prison in New Jersey.

As Reggie Haynes explained in his 1974 interview, "During those two years, guys came and guys went and the group that actually recorded the first LP, ' All We Need Is Another Chance ' was almost completely different from the group that George saw at the Variety show.
The actual line-up for the first album consisted of Haynes, Lawrence Franklin, Robert Arrington, William Dugger, Stephen Carter, Frank Heard and Marion Murphy, with Carter - obviously influenced by Smokey Robinson - as lead singer on a number of songs.
Haynes was the first of the inmates to be released and in June 1973, he began promoting the group's work. As he stated in '74, "People were aware of The Escorts and of course, we were somewhat unique so press people and radio stations listened.
On the heels of the concert, Kerr decided to make a second album: three of the members of the group - Haynes, Franklin and Willie Quick, a longtime friend of Haynes who had replaced Stephen Carter (then serving a life sentence) - were out of prison while the other four remained inside hence the title of the group's sophomore project, "3 Down, 4 To Go.
On the heels of the concert, Kerr decided to make a second album: three of the members of the group - Haynes, Franklin and Willie Quick, a longtime friend of Haynes who had replaced Stephen Carter (then serving a life sentence) - were out of prison while the other four remained inside hence the title of the group's sophomore project, "3 Down, 4 To Go.
The album featured a cover of The Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You" along with several original tunes such as "Brother" and "Corruption" and after its release in 1974, Haynes, Franklin and Quick did some dates including the afore-mentioned stint at The Apollo.
Reginald Haynes resurrected "The Legendary Escorts" in 1985 and while the group's recording legacy is limited. to Four albums, The newest CD's, that they have are "Back To Love" and "The R&B Menagerie" which was recorded Featuring Reginald Haynes, William "Billy" Martin, And La'Grant Harris, these CD'S and DVD's of their shows can Be Purchased through their Myspace page or you can E-mail them at and purchase them that way.
The Most Recent members Harris and Martin Have spent the last 20 years singing with Reginald Haynes, the Group's vocal harmonic skills still make listening to The Escorts' music nearly thirty years later after it was first cut inside the walls of Rahway Prison a veritable treat.

Reginald "Reggie" Haynes, the ... [cached]

Reginald "Reggie" Haynes, the Escorts' original lead singer, embarked on a solo career that fizzled quick; his "Get Ready to Move" b/w "I'll Be Sweeter Than Yesterday" on Escort Records bombed in 1986. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi

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Reginald Prophet HaynesThe Legendary Escorts

Rightly dubbed, 'A man for all seasons', Reginald Prophet Haynes expounds upon his own philosophy.
He says:

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,Reginald Prophet Haynes

The story began in 1968, behind the walls of Trenton State Prison, when a young Reginald Haynes started a singing group.Little did he know then that the group he named THE ESCORTS would become a legend in their own right.
Like countless artist before him, Reginald sang on street corners, local talent shows and occasionally, in various church choirs.Then suddenly, although still a teenager, he found himself behind prison walls because of what he terms, "a stupid and foolish act."There are various ways of doing time in prison, says Reginald." You let the time do you and become involved with an element worse then the most hellish of acts, or you can decline your surroundings and become involved in doing the time and turning the negatives around you into something positive and playfully fruitful.
Following his first love, singing, Reginald sought out three other inmates who shared his view of prison life and his lust for singing.
Reginald was elated at the prospect of turning professional and so their journey into the entertainment history books began.
With Kerr working on the outside and Reginald and THE ESCORTS working on the inside they amassed a strong group of supporters and began to collectively hound prison officials for two years until finally; although faced with overwhelming criticism from prison wardens all over America, the warden of Rahway State Prison said yes.
On June 20, 1973 Reginald Haynes was released from Rahway State Prison.He was anxious to start his life as the founder and lead vocalist of THE ESCORTS.Reginald began a non-stop tour across the country, from east coast to west coast promoting "ALL WE NEED IS ANOTHER CHANCE" and THE ESCORTS on radio, television and various print medias still he found time to visit hospitals, youth detention centers and mental hospitals where he became an image of hope to those who had lost hope.If he could come from the depths of hell and make it; maybe, they could make it to.His message was and is; Believe in GOD for GOD Believes in YOU.
In the spring of 1974 THE ESCORTS recorded a second album, "3 DOWN & 4 TO GO".The message of the album was that three members of the group were free and four more were still seeking freedom.Like its predecessor, this album was also recorded behind the walls of Rahway State Prison and was equally embraced by audiences screaming for more.Across the country, Reginald and the two newly released members of THE ESCORTS continued to mesmerize audiences starting with turn out performances at the world famous Apollo Theatre.
Then in 1975 Reginald decided to make a dramatic change in his career.Although THE ESCORTS were inter-nationally successful and listed as one of the top R&B groups, Reginald decided to develop a different side of his creativity.He embarked upon a solo career.The Escorts In Los Angeles, CA Feb. 12, 2005
In the midst of promoting and developing his solo career, fate dealt Reginald a devastating blow.He was arrested for a crime he did not commit and in 1977 he was sent back to prison with a term of 14 to 19 years.Reginald began struggling with his worst nightmare; trying to prove his innocence while at the same time trying to maintain his sanity.His wife Oona'o after endless attempts at trying to regain his freedom, initiated The Citizens Defense Committee and wrote a book entitled "I CALL HIM REGGIE, THEY CALL HIM #597461 " in order to bring attention to their plight.The book created controversy and the public reacted via hundreds and hundreds of people signed petitions requesting a new trial, free of the improprieties and outrageous irregularities of the trial and jury that found him guilty.The petitions were denied hence the long hard battle for his freedom which lasted some seven odd years.The battle finally ended in August 1983 but Reginald was not the same.
Having survived the holocaust of unjust imprisonment returning back to singing was the last thing on Reginald's' mind.He was content just to be free at last.But his family and friends and fans wouldn't let him forget.Everywhere he went he was recognized and prodded to return to the stage.Reginald was unsure as to whether he was still able/capture his audiences attention so he performed locally and to his joy he was received with open arms and rave reviews from his fans.The" Prophet of Love and Song" was back and better than ever.He was offered a chance to record and produce his own album.In 1988 he recorded his first solo album "ON WINGS OF LOVE"; A collection of love songs dedicated to his wife.His solo career began to blossom, but he just couldn't forget the group he gave life to; THE ESCORTS.
After being separated for many years George Kerr reentered Reginald's life and his thoughts echoed Reginald's; lets put the group back together.
Reginald began the search for new ESCORTS.But this time he wanted top professionals who would be loyal to THE ESCORTS legacy, have the principals and abilities necessary to perpetuate and enhance the legacy and most importantly men who believed in and bowed down to the son of GOD.Reginald began holding auditions and soon found out that finding new ESCORTS would not be an easy task.
Rightly dubbed, 'A man for all seasons', Reginald Prophet Haynes expounds upon his own philosophy.

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That's Reginald with the Glasses on

Reginald Haynes of 'The Legendary Escorts' with 'Peaches and Herb'
A very young Reginald Haynes along with some earlier members of 'The Legendary Escorts'
Reginald Haynes at a recording session we were doing in Beverly Hills, California
Reginald Haynes, founder and lead singer of 'The Legendary Escorts'
Reginald Haynes and his wife O'onaa on a NY aircraft carrier
Reginald "Prophet" Haynes and Vaughn Harper from WBLS Radio in NYC

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