Birthday: Moments' Al Goodman

Turning 53 on Friday is Al Goodman, the soul singer who had hits as a member of the Moments and as one-third of Ray, Goodman and Brown.

Goodman first had success on the pop and R&B charts as a member of the Moments. They had a top-five pop, #1 R&B hit with "Love on a Two-Way Street" (RealAudio excerpt) in 1970.

Goodman was born March 31, 1947, in Jackson, Miss. After moving to New Jersey, he hooked up with singers William Brown and Johnny Morgan. The three were recruited to replace the original members of the soul-harmony group the Moments. The original band had minor chart success in 1968.

Harry Ray replaced Morgan, and the Moments had a 1974 hit with "Sexy Mama." After legal trouble with its record company, the group changed its name to Ray, Goodman and Brown and charted with the top-five pop, #1 R&B smash "Special Lady" (RealAudio excerpt) in 1980. They had their last hit six years later with "Take It to the Limit."

Other birthdays Friday: Mad Cobra, 32.