The Vagrants were a Long Island-based rock and blue-eyed soul group from the 1960s, composed of Peter Sabatino on vocals, harmonica, and tambourine; Leslie West on vocals and guitar; Larry West on vocals and bass guitar; Jerry Storch on organ; Roger Mansour on drums. A Beach Party film called "Disk-o-Tek Holiday," which featured various music artists included The Vagrants performing "Oh Those Eyes." The Vagrants were soon signed to the Vanguard label, which released their first minor hit "I Can't Make a Friend." Producer Felix Pappalardi worked hard to sign the group to Atco Records, where their version of Otis Redding's "Respect" became a smash hitAretha Franklin's "Respect" was more of a success, hurting the sales of The Vagrants' version. Leslie West left to form his own group Mountain with Felix Pappalardi. Sabatino reformed the group with new members to create The "New" Vagrants. Website: http://www.thevagrants.net/

 

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