Ruby Nash Garnett
Ruby & The Romantics were a highly acclaimed and influential male-female R&B vocal quintet from Akron, Ohio led by Ruby Nash. The group was formed in 1961 when Nash joined an all-male quartet then known as The Feilos that consisted of Leroy Fann (d. November 1973), George Lee (d. 1994), Ronald Mosely (d. December 3, 2011), and Ed Roberts (d. August 15, 1993). The group was signed to Kapp Records in 1962 and renamed Ruby & The Romantics by the label's A&R director, Al Stanton. Over its 10-year history, the original lineup remained intact, with no personnel changes or additions.
Ruby & The Romantics made their national debut in 1963 with the smooth, bossa nova-styled "Our Day Will Come," which topped both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts and soon after went gold. This Grammy-nominated smash hit was followed later that year by "My Summer Love," which became a Top 20 hit, and "Hey There Lonely Boy," the latter of which has been extensively covered over the years (most notably by Eddie Holman) in both male and female versions. Ruby & The Romantics' long string of hits through 1969 also included "Young Wings Can Fly (Higher Than You Know)" (1963), "Baby Come Home" (1964), "Our Everlasting Love" (1964), "When You're Young And In Love" (1964), "Does He Really Care For Me" (1965), "We Can Make It" (1966), and the group's final charted song, "Hurting Each Other" (1969), later made famous by the Carpenters.
Ruby & The Romantics many honors and accolades included being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2007 and receiving a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997. In 2013, the group became among the first to be inducted into the newly-established R&B Music Hall of Fame.