The Spaniels Forever

Academic Speaker Series

The Spaniels Forever

Sponsored and Hosted by the AKO Bible Study Club and the Diversity Committee as Part of Black History Month

February 7, 3 p.m.

Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building

Free and Open to the Public


In 1948, classmates Billy Shelton and Pookie Hudson began singing together and formed the group The Three Bs. After graduation, Hudson went on to form the first incarnation of The Spaniels, which became the first group signed to the legendary African-American owned label Vee-Jay Records. Shelton returned as The Spaniels' bass singer in the 90s and became the group's leader following Hudson's 2007 death. The group has been aptly re-christened as The Spaniels Forever as Shelton continues singing classic Spaniels’ hits and other songs in four-part harmony with Patrick Pitre, Gene Stewart and Dan Porter.

Shelton will perform with The Spaniels Forever and speak intermittently about his experience as an African-American artist in a time when racism prevailed.

A Q&A session and refreshments will follow.

The Spaniels Forever