Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sherrick

Sherrick (born Lamotte Smith on July 6, 1957 in Sacramento, California) was a talented male R&B singer from the 80s, but his career was short-lived due to a terrible drug addiction.

He got his professional break by Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy's former wife, Raynoma Liles Gordy.

Sherrick was a member of the group, Kagny & the Dirty Rats. The group released one album and recorded a song for the movie "The Last Dragon." They were later dropped from Motown and Sherrick developed an addiction to cocaine which caused complications with his career.
In 1987, he released his solo debut album, "Just Call" on Warner Bros. Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The title song peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks, making it his only highest chart appearance. It also managed to peak at #23 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Baby I'm For Real" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
Another single, "Let's Be Lovers Tonight" managed to peak at #63 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.

By 1988, Sherrick disappeared from the music scene and plans for a follow-up album never materialized. There were rumors that claim his missing years had something to do with his cocaine addiction.

In 1993, Sherrick married to Lynne Conner-Smith and they had three children. In 1999, Sherrick resurfaced, putting together some new music, but sadly on January 22, 1999, he passed away of unknown causes in Los Angeles, California at the age of 41.

To see the music video for "Just Call," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFZNPRSmyns

To see the music video of "Baby I'm For Real," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T01h9kVpB70

To see the music video for "Let's Be Lovers Tonight," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-kp9Q3uzus


[updated on 02/22/13]

2 comments:

Jerome Magajes said...

Sherrick's album "Just Call" peaked at #44 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. I'm not sure if it is made to Billboard 200.

Jerome Magajes said...

Sherrick's album "Just Call" also peaked on UK Albums chart at #27.