Friday, July 25, 2008

Club Nouveau

Club Nouveau (which is French for "New Club") is an R&B\pop band from Sacramento, California that was formed by producer/artist Jay King in 1986 after the breakup of his previous music project, the Timex Social Club.

The band consisted of Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Prater, and Valerie Watson.
In 1986, the band released their debut album, "Life, Love, and Pain" on Warner Bros. Records, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Jealousy" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Situation #9" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The third single from the album, a cover version of Bill Withers' song, "Lean on Me" became a hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in March of 1987, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in April of 1987, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song won a Grammy in 1987 for "Best R&B Song."
The fourth single, "Why You Treat Me So Bad" peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The song has been sampled by various artists such as Luniz, Puff Daddy, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson.
The last single from the album, "Heavy on My Mind" peaked at #42 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

After the release of Club Nouveau's first album, Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy left the band to form their own production team & focused on working with other artists.

Samuelle eventually left the band as well to pursue his solo career. David Agent and Kevin Irving came to the band as replacements.
In 1988, Club Nouveau released their sophomore album, "Listen to the Message" which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200 and #44 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album didn't reach the same success as their debut album.
The only single from the album to chart was "It's a Cold, Cold World!" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. By 1989, David Agent left the band.
During that same year, Club Nouveau released their third album, "Under A Nouveau Groove" which peaked at #39 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. Once again, the album failed to generate enough success.
The only single to chart was "No Friend of Mine" which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
In 1992, Club Nouveau released their fourth album, "A New Beginning" which peaked at #80 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album again failed to make any impact on the charts.
The only single from the album to chart was "Oh Happy Day" which peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1995, Club Nouveau released their last studio album to date, "Everything is Black" which flopped, failing to make the charts at all. After that, it seemed as if the band faded into obscurity.

Foster & McElroy continued to produce music and they recorded music under the name "FMob."

While working on their debut album in 1989, they made plans to put together a girl group that would be a modern-day version of the Supremes and produce records for the group that mixed classic soul-style vocals with hip-hop beats.

After several auditions, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson & Terry Ellis were chosen by the duo to become the members of En Vogue, who has become one of the most successful girl groups of all time.

These days, Jay King has various Internet radio shows that air on his Jay King Network. He also manages artists such as Karyn White, Larry Dunn, and Darius McCrary.

In 2008, he released his solo album, "Open Book" which is available on iTunes. In 2004, Valerie Watson released her solo album, "Urbal."

As of 2011, the current lineup of Club Nouveau consists of Jay King, Valerie Watson (now Valerie Watson English), Samuelle Prater (who also provides vocals for Timex Social Club), and James L. Richard II.

These days, Club Nouveau continues to perform and as of 2012, they are getting ready to record new music material.

To see Club Nouveau's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Club-Nouveau/158803177486765

To see the music video for "Jealousy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EAEL7f5nzE

To see the music video for "Situation #9," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzbEBkHqT14

To see the music video for "Lean on Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzH_rJjGMOA

To see the music video for "Why You Treat Me So Bad," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cdt1DWmetQ

To see a fan-made video for "Heavy On My Mind," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Ah0pPU5_I

To see a fan-made video for "It's a Cold, Cold World!," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZegrO0ObwY

To see the music video for "No Friend of Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4j3GawM1Vs

To see the music video for "Oh Happy Day," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6nE2Jgnt_Q



[updated on 02/27/13]

Samuelle

Samuelle (born Grady Samuelle Prater from Sacramento, California) is an R&B singer who is known as a member of R&B group, Club Nouveau.
In 1990, he released his debut solo album, "Living in Black Paradise" which peaked at #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
He scored his a hit with his first single, "So You Like What You See" which topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 22 weeks and #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The follow-up single, "Black Paradise" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. In 1991, Samuelle was featured on R&B singer Alexander O'Neal's album, "All True Man" on the song, "Midnight Run."
In 1996, Samuelle released with the single, "All That Matters To Me." It's unknown how or if the single ever charted.

After that, it seemed as if he had faded into obscurity, but these days, he continues to perform with Club Nouveau.

To see the music video of "So You Like What You See," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voDiALH96QA

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

To see a fan-made video for "All That Matters To Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quJO2esnc_c


[updated on 04\08\2016]

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Whistle

Whistle was a hip-hop\rap\R&B group from the 80s and 90s that consisted of members Jazzy Jazz (born Garvin Dublin), Kool Doobie (born Brian Faust) and DJ Silver Spinner (born Rickford Bennett).
In 1986, they released their self-titled debut album on Select Records. The album peaked at #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin'" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Please Love Me" peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't appear to chart at all in the U.S.
The third single, "Just For Fun" peaked at #61 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
Whistle released a holiday single entitled, "Santa is a B-Boy" which peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
The last single from Whistle's debut album, "Barbara's Bedroom" peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1988, Whistle released their second album, "Transformation" which peaked at #42 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Falling in Love" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The second single, "Still My Girl" peaked at #95 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Right Next to Me" peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #52 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

By late 1988, Jazzy Jazz left the group and was replaced by Tarek Stevens while Kerry Hodge joined the group. Jazzy Jazz went on to form another group called G.H.P. (or Group Home Productions) with Free Daydreamer of the group Entouch and Will Skillz of the group Pure Blend.
In 1990, Whistle released their third album, "Always & Forever" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song (a cover version of Heatwave's hit song, "Always & Forever") peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single, "Bad Habit" peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Do You Care" featuring jazz artist Najee, peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1992, Whistle released their last album to date, "Get the Love" which peaked at #75 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "If You Don't Say" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single, "I Am" peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Whistle has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Nothing Serious (Just Buggin')," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrnIkjkooBM

To see a fan-made video for "Please Love Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugcIlx0B6Vk

To see a fan-made video for "Just For Fun," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Ok9UtBVZg

To see a fan-made video for "Santa is a B-Boy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL6NnhCUpNM

To see a fan-made video for "Barbara's Bedroom," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrrWENtVGg0

To see a fan-made video for "Falling in Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XZfqp-qL4s

To see a fan-made video for "Still My Girl," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oHQUIdKnjg

To see the music video for "Right Next to Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIyoiEV1Bz0

To see the music video for "Always and Forever," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mX4Vg04wTc

To see the music video for "If You Don't Say," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8xJi0lqW8c

To see the music video for "Bad Habit," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5bjh8E6sww

To see the music video for "I Am," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oub6W-3fBmY


[updated on 02/26/13]

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pebbles

Pebbles (born Perri Arnette McKissack on November 6, 1966 in Oakland, California) was a female R&B singer from the late '80s\early '90s.

She got the nickname "Pebbles" at the age of 10 for her resemblance of  Fred & Wilma Flintstone's daughter, Pebbles from "The Flintstones." She is the cousin of R&B singer, Cherrelle.

At a young age, Pebbles entered talent shows & put together dance troupes. She studied classical opera and ballet and started singing during her high school years.

In the early 80s, she got her first start in the music business as a backup singer for band leader\percussionist Bill Summers and the funk music band Con Funk Shun. She even co-wrote one of Con Funk Shun's hit songs, "Body Lovers" when she was only 16 years old.

At the age of 18, Pebbles gave birth to her daughter Ashley and was told that she had ruined her chances of becoming anything in life because of her pregnancy at a young age. Then, she married Ashley's father, George L. Smith (who was 20 years her senior).

Pebbles and George started their own management company, Pacific Cal. As she was working on her demo, she sang background vocals for artists such as Sister Sledge and Bill Summers.
In 1986, Pebbles signed to MCA Records. Her first single "Love\Hate" (was featured on the "Beverly Hills Cop II" movie soundtrack) peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
On November 16, 1987, Pebbles released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Her second single "Girlfriend" became a hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The third single from the album "Mercedes Boy" became Pebbles' biggest hit to date, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The song even charted in the U.K., peaking at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart. "Mercedes Boy" was performed on "Soul Train" where it was correctly predicted to become a Top 10 hit.
The fourth single from the album "Take Your Time" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single released from the album "Do Me Right" peaked at #67 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.

Pebbles promoted her album with appearances on television such as "American Bandstand" and "Soul Train." During that time, she divorced from George L. Smith. In 1989, Pebbles remarried to music producer, L.A. Reid and in November of that same year, she gave birth to her son, Aaron.

Pebbles formed the Atlanta-based production company, entitled Pebbitone, which discovered R&B trio, TLC.
On September 11, 1990,  Pebbles released her second album "Always" which peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Giving You the Benefit" which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 3 weeks and staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The second single "Love Makes Things Happen" featuring Babyface, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The third single "Backyard" featuring Salt-N-Pepa, peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The music video also featured TLC.
The title song peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song featured background vocals from Johnny Gill & cousin Cherrelle.

During the time of the success of Pebbles' second album, Pebbles became friends with late R&B singer Whitney Houston who joined her to help promote her second album. They also appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show" and "Friday Night Videos." Pebbles was even a bridesmaid at Whitney's wedding to Bobby Brown in 1992.

Pebbles started to work behind the scenes of the music biz. She helped develop music acts such as Toni Braxton & Damian Dame. As she took TLC under her wing by becoming their manager, they became one of the most hottest, popular music acts of the 90s.

By 1995, tensions arose between Pebbles and TLC causing TLC to end up filing for bankruptcy because of claims that Pebbles was mismanaging their money, but she has denied these claims. She and TLC eventually went their separate ways.

According to L.A. Reid, the dispute was one of the breaking points of their marriage. In 1996, they divorced.
On September 12, 1995, Pebbles released her third album "Straight From My Heart" which peaked at #43 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. She dedicated the album to her deceased cousin who committed suicide. Despite working with producers Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mario Winans, the album was unsuccessful.
The only single to chart from the album was "Are You Ready?" which peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

She also started a relationship with Mario Winans and helped him get a record deal with Motown Records. Later on, Pebbles signed with A&M Records under hit producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

When Jam and Lewis left the label, she was offered a label deal where she started the record label, Savvy Records (which was distributed by MCA Records). Despite signing musical acts such as Parental Advisory, she shut down Savvy Records in 1997.

Due to the troubles she faced, Pebbles went into a severe depression, but recovered with help & support from her friends and family. In 1997, she underwent a religious conversion and under the name, Sister Perri, she founded Women of God Changing Lives Through Christ (or W.O.G.C.L.) a year later.

In 2000, Pebbles remarried once again to former baseball player, Otis Nixon, but they divorced in 2004.
In 2008, Pebbles released her fourth album, "Prophetic Flows Vol I and II" which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Gospel Album chart.

In February of 2011, she was named the host/executive producer of Essence magazine's national R&B search. She has also released her first Prophetic Prayer Proclamation book & CD, "Child of the Breakthrough."

These days, Pebbles currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

To see Sister Perri's official website, go to:
http://sisterperri.com/

To see the website for Women of God Changing Lives, go to:
http://wogcl.org/

To see the music video for "Girlfriend," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avtj8tdpr5Y

To see the music video for "Giving You the Benefit," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChvLHqmX27o

To see the music video for "Love Makes Things Happen," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5egURt6AKPk

To see the music video for "Mercedes Boy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM3ssoWjwY0

To see the music video for "Backyard," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xt83lTwTF0

To see a fan-made video for "Always," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91z8GRcbKC0

To see a fan-made video for the 12-inch extended remix version of "Take Your Time," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TstpGrn8Vk

To see the music video for "Do Me Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-VEd5NBopg

To see the music video for "Are You Ready?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g2e_qkXrAs

To see the music video for the slow version of "Are You Ready?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP33Ge0Tbi0

To see a fan-made video for "Why Do I Believe" (from her "Always" album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLi0hPbzUEE

[updated on 02/21/13]