Abrim, Ivory, Cleophus, and Raymond Tilmon formed the Detroit Emeralds in the '60s. They were actually a Little Rock vocal group.
They had some success with "Show Time" for Ric-Tic in 1968, but by 1970 were down to a trio, with Abrim and Ivory Tilmon and James Mitchell. They stayed that way for a long run on Westbound that yielded R&B hits "Do Me Right," "You Want It, You Got It," and "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" in 1971 and 1972, as well as "You're Gettin' a Little Too Smart" in 1973. They expanded the roster to a quartet in 1977, but with three new members. Abrim Tilmon was now joined by Paul Riser
, Johnny Allen
, and Maurice King. Their backing band from 1971 to 1973 was Chapter 8
. Though many regard "Feel the Need" as their best song, it was far from a hit, although it was their last chart entry in 1977. James Mitchell and Marvin Wills teamed to form an offshoot group, the Floaters
, in 1977. Carl Johnson was Abe Tilmon's replacement in the Emeralds
, with Abe Tilmon forming his own Detroit Emeralds. Each group stayed active on the oldies and cabaret circuit during the '70s and '80s. Michael Henderson
, then a 13-year-old, was one of their members for a short time. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi