Sunday, November 2, 2008

Shannon (My 100th Entry!)

Before I start, I would like to announce that this is the 100th entry on the "Rare & Obscure Music" blog. I hope you like it!!

Shannon (born Shannon Brenda Greene on May 2, 1958 in Washington, D.C.) is a female dance\freestyle singer from the 80's.

During the spring of 1983, she attended York College and also toured with the New York Jazz Ensemble. An associate of music production team, Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa noticed her singing with a live band in her cousin's studio and thought that she was just the ticket for what Liggett & Barbosa were looking for.

Shannon auditioned for Liggett & Barbosa and they liked her voice so much, they showed her the song, "Fire & Ice" (which would later become her signature hit, "Let the Music Play.")
In July of 1983, Shannon's first single, "Let the Music Play" was released and she was invited back to lay down more songs for Barbosa & Liggett.

The song became an instant hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1984, #2 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 25 weeks, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 6 weeks.

It is known as one of the first Latin Freestyle songs. The song also charted in the U.K., peaking at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In February of 1984, Shannon released her debut album, "Let the Music Play" on Mirage Records. The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It sold over 8 million copies worldwide and is considered the first historical freestyle music album.
Shannon's second single, "Give Me Tonight" became another dance hit, peaking at #1 again on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 2 weeks.

The song also peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1984 and #6 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. Billboard Magazine noted it as the "best song of the year."
The third single from Shannon's debut album, "My Heart's Divided" peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #48 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The final single from the album, "Sweet Somebody" charted at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart and #46 on the German Singles chart, but failed to chart on the U.S. charts.
In May of 1985, Shannon released her sophomore album, "Do You Wanna Get Away" which peaked at #92 on the Billboard 200 and #39 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1985, #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in June of 1985, and topped the dance charts for 2 weeks.
The second single from Shannon's second album, "Stronger Together" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The third single from the album, a cover version of Foreigner's song, "Urgent" peaked at #68 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

Another single, "Stop the Noise" failed to chart on the Billboard charts at all. Shannon's sophomore effort didn't reach the success of her debut album.
In 1986, Shannon released her third album, "Love Goes All the Way" which failed to make the Billboard album charts at all.
The only single that managed to chart was "Prove Me Right" which peaked at #82 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.

Due to politics with Atlantic Records, she asked to be released from her record contract in 1987, but not without releasing one more single, "Criminal" for the "Fatal Beauty" movie soundtrack. After that, it seemed that Shannon had faded into obscurity for a while.

During the 90s, VH1 paid homage to Shannon by spotlighting her on their "One Hit Wonders" series and "Entertainment Tonight" taped a one-hour special about her life.

In 1998, she co-wrote and was featured on Les Rythmes Digitales' song, "Take a Little Time." Shannon was also featured on tracks with artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, Todd Terry, and Sash!
In 2000, Shannon released her fourth album, "The Best is Yet to Come." A remix of "Give Me Tonight" was featured on the album and charted at #1 on Billboard's dance charts again.

A remix of "Let the Music Play" was also on the album and peaked at #32 on Billboard's dance charts.
In November of 2004, Shannon's greatest hits album was released. In April of 2006, she was part of the Freestyle Extranvaganza concert with such Freestyle music acts like Cynthia, Judy Torres, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, George Lamond, and Stevie B.
In 2007, she released her fifth album, "A Beauty Returns" on Diggin4Brown Records. These days, Shannon continues to perform shows around the world and is a voting member of the Grammys.

To see the music video for "Let The Music Play," go to:

To see the music video for "Give Me Tonight," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "My Heart's Divided," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Sweet Somebody," go to:

To see the music video for "Do You Wanna Get Away," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Stronger Together," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Urgent," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Prove Me Right," go to:

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