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This Day in Black History: March 22, 2001

This Day in Black History: March 22, 2001

Earl Beal, co-founder of the Silhouettes, dies.

Published March 22, 2012

L-R Earl Beal, Ray Edwards, Richard Lewis and Billy Horton (crouching) of the doo-wop group The Silhouettes pose for a portrait in 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

On this day in 2001, Earl Beal, co-founder of the doo-wop group the Silhouettes, died at 76. Beal, a baritone singer, formed the group with lead singer Billy Horton at a pool hall in Philadelphia in 1955. The group is best known for the hit “Get a Job” (1957), which went to No. 1 on the R&B and pop charts.

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Written by Britt Middleton

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