Friday, May 2, 2008

Today

Today were an R&B group from Englewood, New Jersey that consisted of members Frederick "Big Bub" Drakeford, Larry McCain, Wesley Adams and Larry Singletary.
The group started in 1984 as the Gents with the original line-up consisting of Frederick, Larry, William McNeir, Ronald Struggs, Harold, and Bernard Bell. They released the single, "For You My Baby Love" on Positive Image Records, but it's unknown how or if the song ever charted & the line-up changed.

During an anti-drug benefit, the group got a meeting with music producer, Teddy Riley, who renamed the group Today and helped them get a record deal with MCA Records.

When the head of the MCA Records urban department, Jheryl Busby moved to Motown Records, he brought several music acts with them including Today. Motown promoted them as the new Four Tops.
In 1988, Today released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "Him or Me" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The second single, "Girl I Got My Eyes On You" became a hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in April of 1989, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The song also peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #29 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. It also made the charts in the U.K., peaking at #94 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "Take it Off" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

Two more singles, "Take Your Time" and "You Stood Me Up" were released, but didn't chart at all and Today was beginning to resent the way that they were being promoted & produced by their record label.
In 1990, Today released the single, "Why You Get Funky On Me" which was featured on the "House Party" movie soundtrack. The song peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
During that same year, Today released their sophomore album, "The New Formula" which peaked at #132 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The second single from the album, "I Got the Feeling" peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The third single from the album, "I Wanna Come Back Home" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After the New Motown Artists tour, all of the acts including Today (and also the Good Girls, the Boys, Milira, Rich Nice & MC Trouble) had seemingly faded into obscurity.

Frederick "Big Bub" Drakeford had a moderately successful solo career and went on to produce other music and provide backing vocals.

Larry Singletary did vocal arrangements and wrote songs for other artists & with himself, Wesley Adams and Larry McCain, they unsuccessfully tried get a record deal as a trio.

To see the music video for "Him or Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmDk0zy-RfY

To see a fan-made video for "Girl I Got My Eyes on You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JEu23wJhjc

To see the music video for "Take it Off," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HmCd5AR_Ag

To see the music video for "Why You Get Funky on Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJUyr33HC8

To see the music video for "I Got the Feeling," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubzLOMNCbwc

As a bonus, here's the video for the Gents' song, "For You My Baby Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_CVKfiJ0ts


[updated on 08\08\12]

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