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"The Highway Q.C.'s were an American gospel group active for over seventy years. The group launched the careers of several secular stars, including Lou Rawls, Johnnie Taylor, and Sam Cooke.
The Highway Q.C.'s formally named the Teenage Highway Qc's after the church, Highway Baptist Church, and the High School they attended, Quincy College High School were founded in 1945 in Chicago by a group of male teenagers, including Sam Cooke, Creadell Copeland, and two pairs of brothers, Marvin & Charles Jones, and Curtis & Lee Richardson. Cooke sang with the group through 1951, when he joined The Soul Stirrers; Lou Rawls took his place through 1953. Rawls had previously sung with the Holy Wonders, and eventually all of the other Wonders (Spencer Taylor Jr,, James Walker, and Chris Flowers) would also join the Highway Q.C.'s.

Rawls;remained for just two years, leaving at that time to join the Los Angeles-based Chosen Gospel Singers.   After Rawls's departure in 1955, Johnnie Taylor joined the group previously of the Kansas City group the Melody Kings, and in 1955 they made their first recordings for Vee-Jay Records. In 1957 Taylor left the group, replacing Cooke in the Soul Stirrers as Cooke pursued a career as a solo artist. Spencer Taylor Jr., who had joined in 1956, became the group's leader after Johnnie's departure and has remained to this day. They would record for Savoy Records and A&M Records, among others" (Wikipedia).

"The Highway Q.C.'s." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Aug. 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.