Jake Hess left The Statesmen Quartet in 1963 to form his own group, The Imperials. The original Imperials were: Jake Hess, lead; Sherrill Neilsen, tenor: Gary McSpadden, baritone; and Armond Morales, bass. The pianist was Henry Slaughter.
If you've noticed Jake in the other videos, he looks very happy, very peppy. I think they all look very sad in this video, including Jake.
David and I often wonder what drove him to leave The Statesmen Quartet. He did this several times, as we understand it.
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Wikipedia - The Imperials
Wikipedia - The Statesmen Quartet