The Exhilarations. Formed in 1976 as a quintet, the group then consisted of; Ray Goodwin, Alan Morgan, Andy Deweese, Joe Mendez And Al ‘Butch’ Floyd. After three years of singing at parties and weddings, the group got its first break by doing a commercial for Gallo Wine Industries in 1979. Produced by Ron Cat Productions and affiliates, that commercial aired for three months nationally on the radio. It was the first stepping stone, so to speak, that has invigorated them to keep on pushing to remain in the music business for forty years. It then appeared that besides being fun and making a little money, they just may have a chance to make something out of this opportunity. So, in 1980, The group signed with Rich-Win Management (Richard Wolf & Wendell Craig). Under Rich-Win and the tutelage of Spider Duncan (musical director and choreograper), the group went to another level and began working with The Mink DeVille Band. Besides appearing on Mink DeVille’s album (Atlantic Records) entitled ‘Coup DeGras’ as background vocals, the group also opened for DeVille and did background vocals in DeVilles’ shows at The Savoy (NYC), The Ritz (NYC) and on a mini road tour. However, it was at The Savoy, that the group first made musical history. It was that particular show that The Bill Boggs Productions crew filmed and aired it on MTV one week before Micheal Jackson was to be aired as the first Black(s) on MTV. Yes, they were the first! From there, The Exhilarations went on to compile a superb list of credits by working with such artist as Ms. Millie Jackson, Bobby Womack, Dee Dee Warwick and Arthur Prysock. In 1983, when Rich-Win's contract ended, Butch, along with John E. Morgan and Ray Whye formed FMW Productions and made John the manager of the group. Under FMW Productions, The Exhilarations got to work with such greats as, Cuba Gooding Sr. and The Main Ingredient Experience, The Morrisiana Revue, and Ben E. King.
The groups' second moment in musical history came on June 6, 2000, when The Exhilarations posed with the pioneers of Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll and Doo Wopp groups of the 1940's and '50's in a picture entitled "Another Great Day In Harlem", which was patterned after a picture taken in 1958 by jazz greats, entitled, "A Great Day in Harlem". This picture (Another Great Day) is now displayed in the Black Museum of The Smithsonian Institute. The Exhilarations were invited to pose with these pioneers because, they had worked with a lot of them over the years in one way or another, under the tutelage of their mentors in the music business, Arthur Crier and Gene Thompkins.
Through the years there have been many personnel changes, but the nucleus of the group has always remained the same; Ray, Alan and Butch. Now managed by John Morgan of FMW Productions, the group which now consist of Ray Goodwin, Alan Morgan, Ed ’Izzy’ Burt (member since 1986) and Butch Floyd (aka, Al Floyd-Muhammad). The group is trying to put themselves on the music map with their CD entitled ‘The Exhilarations - Emulation (The Tribute)'. The CD consist of ten cover songs and two original songs. The CD was showcased on Dec. 2, 2003 at The West Bank Cafe, NYC, when the group had their twenty seventh year anniversary and reunion show, at which time FMW Productions awarded certificates of appreciation and longevity to past and present members of The Exhilarations, FMW Productions, Rich-Win Management, Ron Cat Productions and the groups' MC of seven years, Bro. Fred Crisanto. So, without farther adieu, please feel free to navigate through the website and enjoy!
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