When you go back to the great early days of group harmony history, you find so many great groups and so much great talent. Many of the originator groups came out of New York or Los Angeles and a few came out of the Midwest via Chicago. Maybe the finest group to hail from the Windy City area (Gary, Indiana, actually) were the Spaniels with legendary lead man Pookie Hudson. They were a truely innovative group. Many group harmony historians say that the Spaniels were the first group with a true lead singer - as Pookie would sing behind one microphone and the rest of the group around a second.