Phil Perry was a former member of The Montclairs, (named after a local brand of cigarettes).
The groups other members were David Frye, George McLellan, Kevin Sanlin and Clifford 'Scotty' Williams.
The group first recorded in 1969 and the following year they teamed up with Oliver Sain at his Archway studio.
Sain took the group to Paula Records in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Here they had hits with 'Dreaming Out Of Season' ( R & B number 34) and 'Make Up For Lost Time' ( R & B number 46).
Their last record for the label came in 1974 entitled 'Baby You Know (I'm Gonna Miss You)'.
The Montclairs left Paula and disbanded in 1975.
Perry later teamed with Richard Sanlin in a duo that had a short stay at Capitol in 1980.
Their first single stalled at number 81 and the album fizzled.
They continued as songwriters and freelance producers.
Perry issued his own solo LP, 'The Heart of the Man', for Capitol in 1991.
The album was well received by the soul fraternity, although it didn't get mainstream credit.
Through the Nineties, Perry has remained busy as a session vocalist. He is regarded as having one of the finest current soul voices.
In the year 2000, Perry released 'My Book Of Love', an excellent outing, followed by 'Magic' on Peak Records the following year.
Phil's vocal attributes have also been utilised on a children's cartoon entitled 'Aventures From The Book Of Virtue's'.