Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9.9

9.9 was a female R&B group from the '80s that consisted of Margo Thunder, Wanda Perry and Leslie Jones from Boston, Massachusetts. The women were all friends & students at Madison Park High School in Roxbury, Massachusetts and were in the same music class.

The trio performed on street corners and at Boston Common. They later answered an ad in the Boston Phoenix newspaper and began performing in clubs under the name "Margo Thunder and Intrigue."

In the 70s, Margo was signed to Capitol Records and recorded the single "Expressway To Your Heart." The trio even sang back-up vocals for Joe Frazier.

In 1985, 9.9 released their self-titled debut album on RCA Records. The album peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200 and #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The group's first single "All of Me For All of You" peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single "I Like The Way You Dance" peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

9.9 performed on "Soul Train," "American Bandstand" and "Solid Gold." They also provided backing vocals on Patti LaBelle's single "Shy." Due to material, production and personal matters, the trio disbanded in 1987.

These days, Leslie Jones continues to sing in church. She is the mother of two children and has four grandchildren.

Wanda Perry is a minister, married with two children. She has recorded several gospel albums which are available on iTunes.

In the '90s, Margo Thunder formed another girl group called Lady Soul, but is now a solo artist and resides in Los Angeles.

To see the music video for "All Of You For All of Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjEYZuN0rLM

To see the music video for "I Like the Way You Dance," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiYkTf0H6HE


[updated on 05\30\13]

2 comments:

hayley said...

i really like both of these videos! so colorful

Jahlaune said...

I actually still have this record. They were a good group