Friday, February 13, 2009

Colonel Abrams

Singer\songwriter Colonel Abrams (which is his real name) was born in Detroit, Michigan. When he was ten, he and his family moved to New York.

He was a member of music group Conservative Manor along with his brother, Morris. By 1976, Colonel was singing lead vocals for music group 94 East (whose lineup featured Prince on guitar) before leaving to join New Jersey music group, Surprise Package.
In 1984, Colonel Abrams recorded his debut single, "Leave the Message Behind the Door" on New York's Streetwise record label.

The song managed to peak at #73 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
His second single, "Music is the Answer" peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

After that, Colonel Abrams was signed to MCA Records. In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #84 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
In 1985, Colonel Abrams released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #75 on the Billboard 200 chart and #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Trapped" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

It became his first #1 dance hit, topping Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play and Maxi-Singles Sales chart for a week in September of 1985. In the U.K., the song peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart for 24 weeks.
The second single from the album, "The Truth" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi Singles Sales chart and #78 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. It also peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

 In February of 1986, all cuts from Colonel Abrams' debut album topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for two weeks.
Colonel Abrams' third #1 dance hit, "I'm Not Gonna Let" topped the dance charts for a week in March of 1986.

The song also peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. The song also peaked at #24 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
The fourth single, "Over and Over" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #68 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Speculation" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1987, Colonel Abrams released his sophomore album, "You and Me Equals Us" which peaked at #25 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "How Soon We Forget" topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 2 weeks in September of 1987.

The song also peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #6 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #75 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks. 
The follow-up single, "Nameless" peaked at #54 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
In 1992, Colonel Abrams released his third album, "About Romance" which didn't receive the amount of success his previous albums did.
The first single, "You Don't Know (Somebody Tell Me)" peaked at #58 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

The follow-up single, "When Somebody Loves Somebody" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1995, Colonel Abrams released his fourth album, "Victim of Loving You." Although the title song was an underground club hit, it didn't chart on the Billboard charts at all.

This album is considered his rarest album because it went out of print after the release.
Colonel Abrams released his fifth album, "Make A Difference" in 1996, which also flopped. These days, he still appears to be active in the music business.

To see Colonel Abrams' official MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/colonelabramsrecords

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

To see the music video for "The Truth," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WficDNu63ko

To see the music video for "Over and Over," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hweCqM9t1vY

To see the music video for "How Soon We Forget," go to:

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