Like Rodney Dangerfield as Baltimore/D.C. area groups go, the Persians got no respect, despite cutting seven singles on ABC-Paramount, GWP, GWP Grapevine, and Capitol Records. They were a soulful quintet from Baltimore similar to the Persuaders ("Thin Line Between Love and Hate"), who dressed up their rather mundane stage outfits with smarmy turbans. The members were James Ellis (first tenor), Leroy Priester (baritone), Freddie Lewis (bass), James Harlee (baritone), and William June Brown (second tenor); Louis Crawley replaced Brown in 1971. Although some of their releases have surfaced on compilation CDs (e.g., GWP NYC TCB), to date there has not been an entire CD of the Persians' tracks.