The Monitors were an American vocal group who recorded for Motown in the 1960s.
The group consisted of lead singer Richard Street, Warren Harris, John “Maurice” Fagin and Saundra Fagin (apparently it is unclear if the two were married or related). Richard Street and Warren Harris were school friends with Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Richard, Otis and Melvin were part of the group The Distants, but Richard left before they merged with The Primes to become The Temptations. He then recorded (with a very young Norman Whitfield as producer) as Richard Street & The Distants (for Thelma Records, owned by Berry Gordy‘s first wife, Raynoma) and then The Peps (which included future Undisputed Truth lead singer Joe Harris) (small world).
Richard then got together with Warren Harris, and Maurice and Saundra Fagin, and the group signed with Motown’s V.I.P. imprint in 1964. Initially recording as The Majestics, they soon became The Monitors after discovering the existence of another Majestics group. They released a handful of singles for Motown in the mid to late 1960s, but never had a major hit. Their final single came in 1968 and one album, Greetings! We’re The Monitors, was released the same year.
When Paul Williams of The Temptations was forced to leave the group in 1971 because of failing health, Richard Street (who had already been travelling with them as his standby) took his place, and The Monitors were dissolved.
A new version of the group, made up of Darrell Littlejohn (Smokey Robinson‘s nephew), original members Warren Harris and Maurice Fagin (and new members Herschel Hunter and Leah Harris), recorded for Motorcity Records around 1990. They released one album, Grazing In The Grass, and one single, “Standing Still”. Richard Street remained with The Temptations until 1993, and continued to perform as a solo artist thereafter until his death in 2013.
- COMING SOON!
- Richard Street (1964-71)
- Saundra Fagin (1964-71)
- John Fagin (1964-71, 1990)
- Warren Harris (1964-71, 1990)
- Darrell Littlejohn (1990)
- Herschel Hunter (1990)
- Leah Harris (1990)