Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Mac Band

The Mac Band was an R&B group from the late 80s\early 90s consisting of a group of four brothers: Ray, Derrick, Charles, and Kelvin McCampbell and musicians Ray Flippin (bass), Rodney Frazier (keyboards), Mark Harper (guitar), and Sly Fuller (drums).

The McCampbell brothers hail from Flint, Michigan.
In 1988, they released their debut album "The Mac Band Featuring the McCampbell Brothers" which peaked at #109 on the Billboard 200 chart and #22 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.The group's first single and biggest hit to date, "Roses are Red" topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1988, topping the chart for a week and staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The second single, "Stuck" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The third single from the album, "Stalemate" peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The fourth single, "Jealous" peaked at #90 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
The last single from the album, "That's the Way I Look at Love" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1990, the Mac Band released their sophomore album, "Love U 2 the Limit" which failed to make the charts at all.
The first single, "Someone to Love" peaked at #27 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The follow-up single, the title song, managed to peak at #52 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

A promo single, "I Could Never Say Goodbye" was released, but didn't chart.
In 1991, the Mac Band released their last album, "The Real Deal" which peaked at #78 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "Everythang" which peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.

After that, the Mac Band went their separate ways.

These days, Charles McCampbell runs a music studio in Duncanville, Texas.

Derrick McCampbell is the worship leader for "The Bridge" service at the Stonebridge United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas.

He also follows his basketball passion by leading his signature "D-Mac" Hoops Basketball camps across the Dallas, Texas metro area. The camps are focused on team building, basketball skills, and Christian values.

Mark Harper continues to be active in the music business and released his solo jazz album, "The Mark Harper Project" which is available on CD Baby and iTunes.

He was a member of the Wayman Tisdale Band and the lead guitarist for Tower of Power. Mark has performed with artists such as Kirk Whalum, Toby Keith, Charlie Pride, Ronnie Laws, Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, and the late Phyllis Hyman.

He is also the leader of the Mark Harper Acoustic Band.  It is unknown what the other members of the band are up to.

To see Mark Harper's official website, go to:
http://www.markharpermusic.com/

To see the music video for "Roses Are Red," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WbJXY6epVo

To see the music video for "Stuck," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV8l9f9pjUk

To see a fan-made video for "That's The Way I Look at Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu0iSma6WLM

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

To see a fan-made video for "Love U 2 the Limit," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7936uJlvZAY

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



[updated on 05\23\12]

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