Formed 1965 in Fairfield, Alabama, U.S.A.
The Controllers comprised of:
Brothers Reginald and Larry McArthur, Ricky Lewis and Lenard Brown, all hail from Fairfield, a few miles outside of Birmingham, Alabama.
Their upbringing was based around gospel music and their roots were in the church.
At the time they went under the name of The Soul Controllers, and recorded their first single, called 'Right On Brother, Right On'.
The song became a regional hit while they were still attending Fairfield High School.
On leaving High School, three members left and the remaining four became the Controllers.
Their growing reputation brought them to the attention of the Miami based, Juana Records, who signed them in 1975.
By this time they were managed by Clinton Harris, who with Frederick Knight formed Juana Records.
Knight immediately put The Controllers into the Malaco Studios in Jackson where they recorded their debut album.
in control - 1977 / fill your life with love - 1978
Frederick Knight produced some of their material, including, the 1977 debut LP, 'In Control', which included the R & B hit ballad, 'Somebody's Gotta Win, Somebody's Cotta Lose'.
'Heaven Is Only One Step Away' and 'We Don't' were also particularly popular.
The group enjoyed further success with other Juana singles and albums.
1978's 'Fill Your Life With Love' contained the track 'Listen To The Children', a song later covered by Tommy Tate.
next in line - 1979 / the controllers - 1984
'Next In Line' followed in 1979, and contained the dancefloor friendly 'I Can't Turn The Boogie Loose'.
In 1983, The Controllers, signed with San Francisco-based manager, the late Jimmy Bee, who landed the group a recording contract with MCA Records.
The Controllers relocated to MCA in 1984.
The 'The Controllers' was released the same year, and contained the popular dancer 'Giving Up On Love'.
Stevie Wonder made a guest appearance on harmonica for their first MCA single, 'Crushed,' which reached No. 30 on the R & B charts.
stay - 1986 / for the love of my woman - 1987
Their biggest MCA hit was 'Stay,' which peaked at No. 12 in 1986, and was taken from a parent album, which featured the song 'My Secret Fantasy', popular amongst Soul fans in the U.K, and the Marvin Gaye cover version of 'Distant Lover'.
just in time - 1989 / clear view - 1997
Jimmy Bee then signed the group with Capitol Records in 1988, issuing 'Just In Time' that year, an album which has now become highly collectable.
Jimmy Bee passed away in April 1993 from a heart attack.
The group joined the Malaco label and released the CD, 'Clear View' in 1997, containing the song 'When I’m Away', along with a cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'.
Lenard Brown and Reginald McArthur are currently television hosts on a show entitled 'Inside The Juke Joint'.
In Control (Juana 1977)
Fill Your Life With Love (TK 1978)
Next In Line (Juana 1979)
The Controllers (MCA 1984)
Stay (MCA 1986)
For the Love of My Woman (MCA 1987)
My Love Is Real (Timeless 1987)
Just in Time (Capitol 1989)
Clear View (Malaco 1997)