The Voice Masters were a group of backing vocalists active in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Made up of singers C. P. Spencer, Hank Dixon and Walter Gaines, the group recorded as The Five Jets and The Five Stars in the mid-1950s. They signed with Anna Records, founded by Berry Gordy‘s sisters Anna and Gwen Gordy along with Roquel “Billy” Davis (also known as Tyran Carlo for some reason), in 1959. There they featured on singles lead by Ty Hunter, Lamont Dozier, Joe Charles (aka Joe Murphy), Melvin Franklin and David Ruffin. When Billy Davis left Anna to form Checkmate Records, The Voice Masters followed, and continued to provide backup vocals into the early 1960s. Billy then closed his new label, and moved to (its distributor) Chess Records.
Core Voice Master members C.P. Spencer, Hank Dixon and Walter Gaines united with singer-songwriter-postman Freddie Gorman (he co-wrote “Please, Mr. Postman”) who found himself at Motown following Motown’s absorption of local Detroit label Ric-Tic – they became The Originals. Melvin Franklin became a founding member of The Temptations in 1961, and David Ruffin would become lead singer of the group in 1964. Lamont Dozier became part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team (after Freddie Gorman had left it). Ty Hunter joined the group The Glass House (put together in 1969 by H-D-H when they left Motown and started their own label) and then joined The Originals in the early 1970s.