The Deceptions were nothing but the truth! A three piece vocal group formed in 1968 and consisting of Malcolm Mason, Jimmy Williams, and leader Daniel Goldstone, they released three phenomenal singles: “You’re Gonna Run To Me” recorded at Brockington & Guess Studios in Norfolk and released on the Peace label, “Of All The Hearts” for Walter Coleman’s Brooks Records out of Hampton, and “Success” for Goldstone’s own Stone Gold label, located in Newport News at the time.
“Of All The Hearts” appears to have been the more successful of the three outings, meriting two pressings. With it’s distinctive harmonies, catchy chorus, moody guitar and up front drums, it’s no wonder this uniquely beautiful beat ballad would have caught some ears.
Their third single, “Success“, as well as being the initial release for the newly formed Stone Gold label, would mark the final record under the name The Deceptions. Shortly after, the group would become Peace, Justice and Equality. PJE released two albums, It’s Time (1976) and At The Disco (1978), both on Stone Gold. In fact, the exact same recording of “Success” appears on It’s Time as well as reworked versions of “People” and “Of All The Hearts“, with “People” evolving into an anti-drug track “Gettin’ High“.
The prolific Mr. Goldstone has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the music business for decades now, and has recently resurrected Stone Gold Records.