Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nolan Thomas

Nolan Thomas (born Marko Kalfa on August 24, 1966 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a freestyle musician from the '80s.

He was discovered by dance music producers, Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa (the producers of Shannon's "Let the Music Play") while he was still in high school.

"Yo, Little Brother" peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, making it his biggest hit to date.

Even though he was in the music video for the song, Elan Lanier sang the vocals for the song.
In 1985, Nolan released his self-titled debut album which featured "Yo Little Brother" which didn't chart at all.
His next single, "One Bad Apple" charted at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Another single, "Too White" was also released, but didn't chart. Nothing much was heard from Nolan until 1987 when he was featured on fellow freestyle musician Monet's single, "Leave the Lights On" which was moderately successful on the R&B charts.
In 1989, Nolan released the single, "Once Around the Block" under his birth name "Mark Kalfa" on Vendetta Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted.

After that, Nolan pretty much faded out of the music scene. These days, he is currently the co-owner of male fashion company, Guido New York.

To see the music video for "Yo, Little Brother," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L0H_w9kBx8

To see a fan-made video for "One Bad Apple," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoezG_FA6QI

To see a fan-made video for "Too White," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyq77598Brk

To see a fan-made video for "Once Around the Block," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlaDLy0mZe0


[Updated on 08\07\12]

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