Drummer Quinton Joseph played with Tyrone Davis, the Chi-Lites, Major Lance, Curtis Mayfield, the Jones Girls, and Teddy Pendergrass. Born August 28,1946 in Chicago, IL, Joseph absorbed a myriad of musical influences while growing up in his multi-cultural neighborhood. As a child, he would beat out rhythms on cereal boxes and garbage cans. Around age ten, his mother got him a drum set. While feasting on the city's rich musical diversity, Joseph joined the drum and bugle corps of a community center, while also playing in vacant lots with his musician friends, guitarist Danny Reed and bassist Bernard Reed.
Meeting singer Otis Leavill ("Let Her Love Me," "I Love You," "Love Uprising"), Joseph and his friends were introduced to singer/songwriter Billy Butler, who was the brother of singer Jerry Butler. This meeting led to the band going on the road with the Artistics, best known for their 1966 hit "I'm Gonna Miss You." Their reputation for being tight made the band very in-demand, and their playing schedule tripled as they backed various singers including Barbara Acklin, Jackie Wilson, the Chi-Lites, and Major Lance. When Joseph and the band were introduced to Chicago Soul producer Carl Davis, and after he had them watch how he records, they began playing on sessions for him, including Gene Chandler's number two R&B hit, "Rainbow '65." After a time, Davis -- who had his own label, Dakar, and was the head of the Chicago branch of New York-based Brunswick Records -- began using Joseph and crew more and more: Tyrone Davis' "Can I Change My Mind" and "Turning Point," the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her," the Lost Generation's "The Sly, Slick and the Wicked," and the soundtrack of the Kirk Douglas movie, "A Lovely Way To Die."
A singer friend invited Joseph to play on his session for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records. He began playing sides for the label, including Teddy Pendergrass' "Close The Door," the Jones Girls' "You're Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else," and also with the O'Jays, Phyllis Hyman, and Billy Paul. In the '90s, Joseph began combined his formidable drumming skills with the emerging MIDI music technology while working on staff at Philadelphia International. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi