Darrow Fletcher recorded his first record while still a student at Hirsch High School (77th and Ingleside); he later attended South Shore. Blessed with razor-keen phrasing and unique tone, his records stood out from the pack. Darrow toured the Chitlin’ Circuit, and appeared on Soul Train when it was in Chicago. After recording on several local labels he never saw a hit like his first; yet, like an addict, he kept reaching for the high. The above 1970 record, “When Love Calls”, (inexplicably) did almost nothing on the charts. Some say he was a victim of record labels too small to promote his records outside of Chicago. Others say it wasn’t in the cards. Either way, we are left with a display of barely-discovered talent rarely seen.
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