The group began their career in 1963 when twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area.
The Whispers produced a number of hits over the next two decades, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. They gained national attention with their albums One For The Money, Open Up Your Love, and Headlights, producing two singles that graced Billboard’s Top 20 R&B Charts: “(Let’s Go) All the Way” and “(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out.”
1980’s The Whispers featured their biggest hit, “And The Beat Goes On.” It was their most successful album, going double platinum. 1987’s Just Gets Better with Time went platinum and featured R&B number 1 and US Top 10 pop entry “Rock Steady.”
The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003, and in 2005 they were presented with the prestigious Governors Award by the San Francisco Chapter of the Grammy Awards.