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Heritage Programs: Subcommittees: Cape Verdean Hall Of Fame 2006

The Tavares Brothers

Inheriting the musical talent from the elders in their family, the Tavares brothers have been performing in the Rhythm and Blues genre since 1955. The group which includes brothers Ralph “T," Arthur “Pooch,” Antone “Chubby,” “Victor” Earl, Feliciano “Butch,” and Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares was formed in 1964. After going through several name changes, the group settled on the name “Tavares.”

They signed with Capital Records in 1973. The Tavares discography includes more than 25 titles, several of which became top 10 hits. The group became known for their infectious Disco R & B sound. They recorded several Gold and Platinum records and captured the Grammy for their work on the soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever” Their music has also been featured in other movies and commercials.

The group was constantly on tour in this country and abroad. They appeared on television shows such as Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.

Some of their individual hits include, “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “More Than a Woman,” “Check it Out,” and “Don’t Take Away the Music."