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NORMAN THRASER

For over five decades Norman Thrasher has dazzled audiences nationwide. From humble beginnings, Thrasher's stage talent and style has lead him to perform and work with a variety of talents including Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Barry White, Bo Diddley, The Spinners, creating and teaching Chubby Checker "The Twist" and many other musical greats.

 

The sultry baritone began performing in the early 1950's with the Detroit Serenaders and the Royal Jokers. Later Thrasher climbed to No. 1 R&B single category of National music charts as bass singer with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. In 1958, the group introduced the hit record, "The Twist." Thrasher later expanded his career by becoming road manager for singer Joe Tex and assisting in the promotion of Muhammad Ali's last professional fight.

 

Thrasher continued serving the entertainment industry as music executive for major record labels nationally while operating his own public relations agency. In 1981, Thrasher moved back to Detroit becoming a Monday night classic on channel 6 showcasing his musical talents and spotlighting the blues. It has been said that, "Thrasher was one of the most knowledgeable people in the business of music."

Working on and off stage, Thrasher has proven his adaptability, is thorough, and exceptionally professional. One of Thrasher's fondest memory in the entertainment industry is when Little Richard and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown had Thrasher to come out on stage during one of their performances and repeatedly had the crowd chant his first and last name. Thrasher, a promotions and entertainment genius in his own right, Thrasher says he enjoyed helping other entertainers succeed because he has been where they are trying to go.