Monclairs / Don Gregory and the Monclairs / Don Gregory and the Soul Trainers

Cleveland, 1963-75

The Monclairs were true "soul survivors" in Cleveland. The group was lead by lead singer Don Gregory and the Monclairs were a self contained band.

The Monclairs started out in the R&B clubs as teenagers, competing with groups like Lou Ragland and the Bandmasters, and the Sahibs. They gained a lot of momentum with their 1st 45 - the instrumental "Happy Feet Time". The song was a hit on Cleveland's R&B and top 40 stations and the group appeared on Upbeat. Atlantic records picked up the 45 for national distribution, keeping the Sunburst name.

The Monclairs released two more 45s for Sunburst (three more songs) but were not as successful. They continued to play local clubs into the 1970s, as well as opening up for several national acts. In 1972 they released a 45 on the ABC label subsidiary APT records. Due to a conflict with another Monclairs on Paula records, the group was billed as the Soul Trainers although they continued to use the Monclairs name in Cleveland. The 45 was a funky dance number called "Soul Line".

Happy Feet Time / Wait For Me (Sunburst 106) c. May 1965
Pull Your Coat / Wait For Me (Sunburst 113) late 1965
Sore Feet / Poopsie (Sunburst 115) early 1966
Soul Line / Soul Line (instrumental) (APT) 1972