The band is best known for its song "Good Times," which was sampled in Jamie xx and Young Thug's 2015 single "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)."
A Brooklyn a cappella group known for its five part harmonies is suing five record labels for millions of dollars in damages in New York Supreme court claiming they failed to pay them royalties for more than 48 years. The surviving members of The Persuasions and the retrospective estates of the deceased members are suing Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records, Sony/ATV and Concord Music Group alleging they failed to pay royalties for their records and songs.
The Persuasions -- Jerry Lawson, Jayotis Washington, Raymond Sanders, James “Bro” Caldon Hayes, Herbert “Tuobo” Rhoad and Jesse “Sweet Joe” Russell -- released 26 albums and toured across the country and oversees and performed at times with Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Van Morrison and Gladys Knight. Bruce Springsteen even opened once for the group, according to the lawsuit. Even still, the group “lived close to the poverty line at the height of their fame, despite being world famous,” according to the lawsuit.