Thursday, November 27, 2008

Grady Harrell

Grady Harrell (born Grady Harrell Jr. in Los Angeles, California) is a male R&B singer from the '80s and '90s. He has been performing since he was 5 years old. His mother was a member of The Friends of Distinction.

Grady's career grew when he and his sister, Roq-E-Harrell formed a group called Papa's Results. They played together for over six years and worked on stage side by side with music groups such as Shalamar, Lakeside, and the Whispers. R&B singer Howard Hewitt beat him out of the role as the lead singer for Shalamar.
In 1984, Grady released his debut album "Mwana" on MCA Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The only single to chart was "Belinda" which peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1989, Grady released his second album "Come Play With Me" on RCA Records. The album peaked at #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and was co-produced by Stevie Wonder (who is a childhood idol of Grady's).
The first single from the album "Sticks and Stones" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single "Fun" peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1990, Grady released his third album "Romance Me." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The first single "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Patience" peaked at #52 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

Grady has toured and recorded with artists such as James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, the Dazz Band and Vesta Williams.

Since the mid-'90s, he has toured in musical theatre productions across the United States and appeared in several commercials for Sprite and Coca Cola. He even played Jackie Wilson in the mini-series, "The Jacksons: An American Dream."

In 2001, Grady did his first European tour and joined his sister Rocq-E and the cast of the successful Atlantic/Motown show "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." in theatres across the Benelux. Since then, he has been dividing his time between performances in Los Angeles, Europe and Las Vegas. His sons have formed an R&B group called Brutha.

These days, Grady is currently touring with his band, Groove City.

To see the music video for "Belinda," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zaWi1zr-E

To see the music video for "Sticks and Stones," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMzu4oo5q0k

To see the music video for "Fun," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHC4IejFq3M

To see the music video for "Don't Turn Your Back On Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLogqCvsa5k


[updated on 03/24/13]

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Leata Galloway


Leata Galloway (born on December 7, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York) is a female R&B singer from the '80s.

As a young girl, she listened to various types of music such as Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson. Leata appeared in various musicals and plays such as "Hair" (which she also starred in the film version).
After a chance role in a small German film, she recorded her debut album "Leata" which was released on Ariola Records in 1981.

In New York, Leata developed her jazz nightclub act which caught the attention of Dr. George Butler at Columbia Records, who signed her to the label after seeing her at Green Street, but she ended up being usurped by the R&B department instead.
In 1988, Leata released her debut album "The Naked Truth." It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts. The album was produced by Nick Martinelli and Preston Glass.
She scored a minor R&B hit with the song "With Every Beat of My Heart" which peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
After that, Leata appeared in the musical "Sophisticated Ladies" and in 1990, she released her own Japanese-import jazz album "A Sophisticated Lady" which earned her a nomination in Japan's Swing Journal for "Best Female Vocalist."

Leata also recorded a Big Band music album in Germany entitled "Live From the Hamburg Jazz Gala" with the Peter Herbolzheimer All Stars. She toured with Peggy Lee for a year and later embarked on a 17-country European tour with The Zawinul Syndicate. Since then, Leata cotninues to be active in the music business.
In 2010, Leata released a gospel music single entitled "Mary, Did You Know?" which is available on CD Baby and Amazon.com.
In 2011, she released her latest album "Tenderly" which is also  available on CD Baby, Amazon.com, and iTunes.

To see Leata's official website, go to:
http://www.leatagalloway.com/

To see a fan-made video for "With Every Beat of My Heart," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7r_K1RAq5A

[updated on 03/10/13]

The Deele

The Deele is an R&B band from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band originally consisted of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley "Stick" Burke, Kevin "Kayo" Roberson and Steve "Tuck" Tucker.

L.A., Kayo and Tuck were members of a previous band also from Cincinnati called Pure Essence. Babyface was a member of R&B group, Manchild. He joined in 1981 and Tuck left the band before their debut album was recorded.
In 1983, the Deele released their debut album "Street Beat" which peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "Body Talk" peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Just My Luck" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album "Surrender" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Stick left the band before the recording of the Deele's follow-up album.
In 1985, the band released their second album "Material Thangz" which peaked at #155 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single "Suspicious" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1987, the Deele released their third album, "Eyes of A Stranger" which peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Can-U-Dance" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single "Two Occasions" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.
The last single from the album "Shoot 'Em Up Movies" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

During that time, L.A. and Babyface began working a songwriters for other artists including writing & producing R&B singer, Pebbles'  hit song, "Girlfriend." At the time, Pebbles was L.A.'s girlfriend and would later become his wife. They also wrote & produced the Whispers' hit song, "Rock Steady."

In 1988, Babyface and L.A. left the group and founded LaFace Records a year later. Babyface later began gaining success as a solo artist.
In 1993, Satin and Dee reformed as The Deele only without Babyface, L.A., or Kayo. They released the album "An Invitation to Love" which went nowhere on the charts and during that same year, the Deele disbanded.

As of 2007, Dee, Satin and Kayo have reformed the Deele with new members. Stick later rejoined the band as well along with a fifth new member, Qui. They are now signed to Dallas Based Eig/D-Town Records.

Meanwhile, Babyface and L.A. Reid have continued with their respective careers in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for "Body Talk," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JjQQtF2v54

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

To see a fan-made video for "Surrender," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmAEH4rEjB0

To see a fan-made video for "Material Thangz," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhLy3i3ayrw

To see a fan-made video for "Suspicious," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0M0OzVs8-g

To see a fan-made video for "Can-U-Dance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0wAbbmttCw

To see the music video for "Two Occasions," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vr9a46ZZ18

To see the music video for "Shoot 'Em Up Movies," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJHLqbsfjds


[updated on 03/24/13]

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tiger Moon

Tiger Moon was a dance\pop music trio from the late '80s. The members consisted of Mark Chambers, Felix DeKatt and David Geffinn. Not much information is given about this group and I was lucky to find it on Allmusic.com and Discogs.com.
In 1987, Tiger Moon released their first single "Something Tells Me" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
They released a follow-up single "Louie, Louie," but it's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

From what I know, the group never released an album and before we knew it, this group had faded straight into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Something Tells Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSE67v5s5SM

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Louie, Louie," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4TAUhBfl_8


[Updated on 04\08\2016]

Shana

Shana (born Shana Joy Petrone on May 8, 1972 in Parkridge, Illinois) is a female singer from the late '80s/early '90s. She was raised in Hollywood, Florida and began singing when she was 5 years old.

During her freshman year of high school, Shana and a friend attended the Broward County Fair where they sang in a karaoke booth owned by music producers, Ron Albert and Steve Alaimo, who were starting their own record label, Vision Records.
In 1989, Shana released her first single "I Want You" which became successful in Florida after the label sent a demo tape to radio station, Power 96.

The song managed to peak at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
During that same year, 17-year-old Shana released her debut album "I Want You" which peaked at #165 on the Billboard 200.
The follow-up single "You Can't Get Away" peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100. The last single "Falling Slowly" was released, but didn't chart.

Later on, Shana faced issues with her record label and ended up leaving the music scene. She later attended community college, did bartending, print work and commercials.
By the late '90s, Shana returned to the music scene as a country singer under her full name Shana Petrone.

In 1998, she released her debut country single "Heaven Bound" which was moderately successful.

The follow-up singles "This Time" and "Something Special" were also moderately successful on the country charts. Despite that, Shana never released a country music album.

Today, Shana is married with a child. Although she continues to perform & record country music, she is not signed to a major record label.

To see Shana's official website, go to:
http://www.shanapetrone.net/

To see the music video for "I Want You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wapAh6zz4wQ

To see a fan-made video for "You Can't Get Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4FDQpPH7HU

To see a fan-made video for "Falling Slowly," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF2kieRxmV4


[updated on 03/10/13]

Connie

Connie (born Consuelo Piriz on July 30, 1964 in Miami, Florida) is a female freestyle\dance singer. During her college years, she became close friends with K.C. and the Sunshine Band, who introduced her to her mentor, Henry Stone.  
In 1986, Connie signed to Sunnyview Records and released her self-titled debut album, which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.  
Connie's first single, "Funky Little Beat" peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1986, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.  
The follow-up single, "Experience" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in July of 1986 and #50 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in June of 1986, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

Connie has toured around the globe with musicians such as Evelyn "Champagne" King, Morris Day, and Kool & the Gang.
In the early 90's, she took a break from the music business to get married. Before the birth of her daughter in 1996, Connie released her second album, "No Tears" on Black Olive Records.
In 2002, Thump Records released the compliation album, "The Best of Connie" which featured cover versions of Debbie Deb's songs "Lookout Weekend" and "When I Hear Music" & Trinere's song, "How Can We Be Wrong."
In 2006, Connie released the album, "Let's Party" on TriWorld Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
During that same year, Connie's second compliation album, "The Best Of (Funky Little Beat)" which is available on Amazon.com.

These days, Connie resides in South Florida with her husband, daughter, and dog. She continues to perform in public & private concerts throughout the United States and abroad.

To see Connie's official website, go to:

To see Connie's Facebook page, go to:

To see Connie's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/officialconnie

To see a fan-made video for "Funky Little Beat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCgMkTQTqs

To see a fan-made video for "Experience," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVOuN16-ZHo

To see a fan-made video for "Rock Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWuF0BiYhps


[updated on 09\08\12]

Hanson & Davis


Hanson (born Aaron Hanson) & Davis (born Edward J. Davis) were a short-lived dance\R&B duo from the late '80s.
In 1985, they released their first single, "Tonight (Love Will Make it Right)" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1986, Hanson & Davis released their second single, "Hungry For Your Love" which peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart along with "I'll Take You On."
In 1987, Hanson & Davis released their only album, "Can't Stop" on Fresh Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts. 
Their third single from the album, "Come Together" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The title song peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, making it their last chart appearance to date.
The duo's last musical release was the 1996 single, "Free Love" before fading into obscurity. Their whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for "Tonight (Love Will Make it Right)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFFM8o-YBVo

To see a fan-made video for "Hungry For Your Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re9mMSF3ock

To see a fan-made video for "I'll Take You On," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NHPxg2lI8I

To see a fan-made video for "Come Together," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTJIjhit73c

To see a fan-made video for "Can't Stop," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylo0WWhV19c


[updated on 03/23/13]