Guitarist/songwriter Lowman Pauling was a member of '50s R&B/rock vocal group the "5" Royales and co-wrote "Dedicated to the One I Love," covered by the group on a 1958 King Records single. The song was a 1961 hit for the Shirelles and a 1967 hit for the Mamas and the Papas. Besides "Dedicated...," Pauling also wrote "Think" -- not to be confused with Aretha Franklin's million-selling smash -- originally recorded by the "5" Royales and covered as a 1960 R&B hit single for James Brown (a labelmate of theirs doing their stint on King Records) and Ray Charles' cover of "Tell the Truth" made it to number 13 R&B during the summer of 1960. Other "5" Royales hits written by Pauling are their two number one R&B hits, "Baby Don't Do It," "Help Me Somebody," "Crazy, Crazy, Crazy," "I Do," "Tears of Joy," and "Too Much Lovin'." Lowman Pauling is mentioned as a key influence by James Brown, Eric Clapton, and Steve Cropper, among others. The "5" Royales are cited as a groundbreaking link between gospel, R&B/rock, doo wop, and soul music.