Saturday, May 31, 2008

New Posts For the Summer

Hello!!

I'm going to try to update the blog with new posts for the summer. It'll be awhile before they will be set up. But enjoy the rest of my previous entries while you're waiting.

Yours Truly,
The Music Know-It All

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]

Friday, May 23, 2008

Body

Body was a female R&B trio from Detroit, Michigan that consisted of the Body sisters: Letitia, Peggy, and Francina.

Letitia and Francina provided vocals on jazz singer Betty Lou Landreth's 1979 album, "Betty Lou."
In 1987, Body released their self-titled debut album on MCA Records. The album didn't appear to make the charts at all.
The two singles released from the album, "Middle of the Night" and "Possession" didn't appear to make the charts either.

During that same year, they were featured on jazz musician George Howard's 1987 album, "A Nice Place to Be" on the track "Sweetest Taboo."
In 1990, Body released their second album, "Easy to Love" which also didn't appear to make the charts.
The first single from the album, "Footsteps in the Dark" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album, "Touch Me Up" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single, "Body" was released, but didn't chart at all.

In 1990, the trio appeared on Keisha Jackson's second album, "Keisha" on the track "Call Me" in which Letitia was credited as one of the writers on the song.

In 1993, Letitia was featured on Keith Washington's 1993 album, "You Make it Easy" on the track "Let Me Make Love To You."

These days, it seems as if Body has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for "Middle of the Night," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk9SAj_Oa-8

To see the music video for "Footsteps in the Dark," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBg2W6PDuos

To see a fan-made video for "Touch Me Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnGaH-mUFzE

To see a fan-made video for "Possession," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KKPZdqB1SE


[updated on 05\06\12]

Tyren Perry

Tyren Perry is a former female R&B/pop singer from the late 80s. She is the sister of Jaina and Jaimee Foxworth (known for her role as Judy Winslow on "Family Matters).
In 1986, Tyren and actress Tonya Townsend sang on "The Real Ghostbusters" television soundtrack under the name "Tahiti."

In 1987, she starred in the short-lived television series "Bustin' Loose" and has guest-starred on television shows such as "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Silver Spoons."
In 1989, Tyren released her first and only album, "Don't Rush It" on Columbia Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The first single, "I Get Butterflies (In My Stomach)" didn't appear to make the Billboard music charts at all.
The second single, "What's Up?" peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
The last single, "You Are My Everything" failed to make any impact on the charts and after that, it seemed as if Tyren had faded into obscurity.

In 1997, she and her sisters formed music group S.H.E. and released only one album, "3's a Charm" on Shaquille O'Neal's record label before seemingly fading into obscurity again.

These days, Tyren is the lead singer of a band called Kai's Army and continues to be active in the music business.
To see Tyren's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/PropheticNotteProductions

To see a fan-made video for "I Get Butterflies (In My Stomach)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FoyEFYZ-jo

To see a fan-made video for "What's Up," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T1IqDivukM

To see a fan-made video for "You Are My Everything," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4hq--Cj-zk


[updated on 06/03/13]

Friday, May 16, 2008

Another Bad Creation (ABC)


Another Bad Creation were an R&B\hip-hop group of the 90's from Atlanta, Georgia, that consisted of brothers Demetrius "Red" & Marliss "Mark" Pugh, Romell "RoRo" Chapman, Chris Sellers, and David Shelton.

They were discovered by New Edition\Bell Biv Devoe member, Michael Bivins, who became the group's manager & producer.

In February of 1991, Another Bad Creation released their debut album, "Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart and #2 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Iesha" became a hit for the group, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1991 and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1991, staying on the chart for 25 weeks.
The second single, "Playground" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1991, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The third single, a cover version of New Edition's song, "Jealous Girl" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in October of 1991, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

The fourth single, "Spydermann" was released in November of 1991, but didn't appear to make the charts at all.

The last single from the album, "My World" peaked at #77 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1992, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.

During 1991, Mark and David appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson's single, "Black or White."

In 1993, Another Bad Creation made their only movie appearance in the film, "The Meteor Man" in which they dyed their hair blonde for the movie. They were also featured in the East Coast Family's song, "1-4-All-4-1."
In September of that same year, Another Bad Creation released their second album, "It Ain't What U Wear, It's How U Play It" which failed to make the charts at all nor did the singles, "I Don't Wanna Be Grown Up" and "Where's Ya Little Sista?"
After that, the group broke up and it seemed as if they have faded into obscurity.

In 2006, they reunited and released an all-rap EP entitled "Grady Baby Compliation" which failed to attract any attention and they seemed to have faded back into obscurity again.

To see the music video for "Iesha," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDPIK7Fz_g4

To see the music video for "Playground," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq_-DZBZOWc

To see the music video for "Jealous Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihM5PM2d8Xk

To see the music video for "My World," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miAXbuHuljQ

To see the music video for "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1wsRrHf7ZY

[updated on 9\03\12]

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Elisa Fiorillo

Elisa Fiorillo (born on February 28, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female pop singer from the 80s & 90s.

Her father was a classical pianist, she has 3 brothers, and she is a graduate of Garden Grove High School. When she was 15 years old, Elisa won on "Star Search" in 1983.

In 1987, Elisa signed to Chrysalis Records. She was featured on the "Summer School" movie soundtrack with the song, "Jackie."

Her appearance on the soundtrack attracted the attention of musician\producer John "Jellybean" Benitez, who asked her to be the lead singer on two songs on his 1987 album, "Just Visiting This Planet."

The song from Jellybean's album, "Who Found Who" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
During that same year, Elisa released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #163 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her first single, "How Can I Forget You" peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1988 and #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1988.
The second single from the album, "Forgive Me For Dreaming" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1988.
The third single, "You Don't Know" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in October of 1988.

The last two singles: "Do Something Foolish" and "Little Too Good For Me" failed to make the charts at all.
In 1990, Elisa released her second album, "I Am" which was recorded at Prince's Paisley Park recording studio. The album was also produced and written by Prince.
The single, "On the Way Up" became Elisa's most successful solo single to date, peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 1991 and #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1990.

The follow-up single, "Oooh This I Need" peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1991.

After that, Elisa's solo career took a backseat while she did backup vocals for many artists such as Billie Meyers, Savage Garden, and Prince. In 2001, she released her fourth album, "Undecided."In 2002, Elisa released her fourth album, "Teach Me Tonight" in Japan. It's unknown how successful the album was.

In 2007, Elisa released the jazz album, "Labour of Love" and an independent country album, "Light That Shines" under the name "E.J. Dease" in 2008. (which are available to buy on her website or on CD Baby).
In 2010, Elisa and former pop singer, Dino Esposito released the album, "Songs from The Fiorillo & Esposito Catalog" which is available on CDBaby.

These days, Elisa is married to Michael Dease and has a daughter named Olivia. She is currently a backing vocalist for Prince's band and continues to release new music.

To see Elisa's official webpage, go to:
http://www.elisafiorillo.com/

To see Elisa's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/elisa.fiorillodease

To follow Elisa on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/Efakaezd

To see Elisa's official MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/elisajfiorillo

To see the music video for "How Can I Forget You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yT-N9033EY

To see a video of Elisa performing "On the Way Up" on the Arsenio Hall Show, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMHFMzu1-P8

To see a video of Elisa performing "Forgive Me for Dreaming" live, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoEgM7npxuU

To see the music video for "Who Found Who" by Jellybean and Elisa, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUCG2YPugm8

As a bonus, here's a video of Elisa's appearance on "Star Search" when she was only 15 years old. To see it, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNabO5r1oGM


[updated on 09\03\12]

Monday, May 5, 2008

Stacy Lattisaw

Stacy Lattisaw (born on November 25, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is a former R&B singer from the 80s. Her mother, Saundra Lattisaw sang with Marvin Gaye.

She began singing at a young age and by the age of 6, she made her public singing debut at a local talent show.

After performing at Ft. DuPont Park as an opening act for pianist Ramsey Lewis, Stacy was signed to Cotillion Records at the young age of 11.
In 1979, Stacy released her debut album, "Young and In Love" which was produced by Van McCoy.

The album wasn't a big hit, but the single, "When You're Young and In Love" hit #91 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

A year later in 1980, Stacy released her second album, "Let Me Be Your Angel" which was produced by Narada Michael Walden.

The album peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Dynamite" peaked at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart, #8 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in July of 1980 along with the second single, "Jump to the Beat" which peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The title song became Stacy's biggest hit to date, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1980 and #8 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In 1981, Stacy released her third album, "With You" which peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Her cover version of the Moments' song, "Love on a Two Way Street" peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. The follow-up single, "It Was So Easy" peaked at #61 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

The last single, "Feel My Love Tonight" was moderately successful on the dance charts, peaking at #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

It also peaked at #71 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. In the same year, Stacy was the opening act for the Jacksons' "Triumph" tour.

In 1982, Stacy released her fourth album, "Sneakin' Out" which peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 chart and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Don't Throw it All Away" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #9 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The second single, "Attack of the Name Game" peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1982 and #14 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. (The song was later sampled by Mariah Carey for her song, "Heartbreaker" in 1999.)

The third single from the album, the female version of Eddie Holman's song, "Hey There Lonely Girl" entitled "Hey There Lonely Boy" peaked at #71 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1983, Stacy released her fifth album, "Sixteen" which peaked at #160 on the Billboard 200 chart and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Miracles" peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1983 and #13 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Million Dollar Babe" peaked at #52 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
In 1984, Stacy and her childhood friend, Johnny Gill (who would later become part of boy band New Edition) released the album, "Perfect Combination" which peaked at #139 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1984 and #10 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Baby It's You" peaked at #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #37 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The last single, "Block Party" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #63 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1985, Stacy's sixth album, "I'm Not the Same Girl" was released.

Despite working with producer Michael Masser, the album was not successful. Stacy describes the music on the album as "Whitney Houston rejects."

The title song peaked at #52 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.

After that, Stacy left Cotillion Records and moved onto Motown Records.
In 1986, she released her seventh album, "Take Me All The Way" which peaked at #36 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #175 on the Billboard 200.
The first single, "Nail it to the Wall" peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1986, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1986, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #76 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Jump Into My Life" peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1987, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song also peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1988, Stacy released her eighth album, "Personal Attention" which peaked at #153 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Every Drop of Your Love" peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1988, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The second single, "Let Me Take You Down" peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1988, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Call Me" peaked at #80 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1988, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.  
In 1989, Stacy released her ninth and final album, "What You Need" which peaked at #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1989, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. The music video featured a young Sean "Diddy" Combs.
The follow-up single, "Where Do We Go From Here" featuring Johnny Gill topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1990 for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The last single, "I Don't Have the Heart" became a hit for singer James Ingram, but Stacy's version went unnoticed. After that, Stacy left the music business and began singing at her local Maryland church.

These days, Stacy and her husband, Kevin Jackson own & operate two businesses in Maryland.

She has a ministry for women called "Women Walking With Authority" and a youth empowerment program. She also has two children: a son named Kevin Jr. and a daughter named Kayla.

In 2010, Stacy wrote an autobiography entitled "I'm Not the Same Girl: RENEWED" which is available for purchase on her website.

To see Stacy's official website, go to:
http://www.stacylattisaw.net/home

To see the music video for "What You Need," go to:

To see the video of Stacy performing "I Don't Have the Heart" on "Showtime at the Apollo", go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7x437osztI

To see the music video for "Million Dollar Babe," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qo7aX-22Fo

To see a video of Stacy performing "Jump into My Life" live, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZ5ZY11-cY

To see the music video for "I'm Not the Same Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7sSxq1mXTY

To see a video of Stacy performing "Miracles" on MTV, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciz3qGDSEcU

To see a video of Stacy performing "Nail to the Wall" on "Solid Gold," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyrTRun2RVg

To see the music video for "Every Drop of Your Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6IQGgL8NPc

To see Stacy and Johnny performing "Perfect Combination" on "Soul Train," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blDa2tybAbI

To see a fan-made video for "Jump to the Beat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3--gpcJlARA

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

To see a fan-made video for "Let Me Be Your Angel," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQnHhgrzDes

To see a fan-made video for "Love on a Two Way Street," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFHvBptTN78

To see a fan-made video for "Where Do We Go From Here," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0utD59ImSW4

To see a fan-made video for "Let Me Take You Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzmBR_ft8hI

To see a fan-made video for "Call Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsVhDRGTrTY

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Throw it All Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO0bCYLPGRA

To see a fan-made video for "Attack of the Name Game," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwB1P1JGeR8

To see a fan-made video for "Hey There Lonely Boy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTX3f9Wan-c


[updated on 06\03\13]