Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Troop

Troop (stands for "Total Respect Of Other People") was an R&B group from Pasadena, California that started their career in the late-'80s.

The group consisted of childhood friends Steve Russell, Allen McNeil, Rodney Benford, Reggie Warren, and John Herreld. After winning a talent show on television, Troop signed to Atlantic Records.
In 1988, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #133 on the Billboard 200 chart and #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The group's first single "Mamacita" was a hit, peaking at #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single "My Heart" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album "Still in Love" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
In 1989, Troop released their second album "Attitude" which peaked at #73 on the Billboard 200 chart and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The group's first single "I'm Not Soupped" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Spread My Wings" topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks in April of 1990, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The third single, a cover version of the Jackson 5's song "All I Do is Think of You" peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a second number-one R&B hit for the group, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in June of 1990,  staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The fourth single, "That's My Attitude" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The last single, "I Will Always Love You" peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

In 1991, Troop was featured on the single, "For the Love of Money\Living for the City" featuring Queen Latifah, which was featured on the "New Jack City" movie soundtrack which was a moderate R&B hit.

In 1992, Troop released their third album, "Deepa" which peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 chart and #21 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Whatever It Takes (To Make You Stay)" peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single, a cover version of the Deele's song, "Sweet November" peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and became Troop's third number-one R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In 1994, the group released their fourth album, "A Little Sumpin, Sumpin" which peaked at #80 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The album didn't reach the same success as their previous ones and the only single to chart was "Do Me" which peaked at #78 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.In 1998, Troop released their fifth album, "Mayday" which peaked at #99 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Once again, the album was unsuccessful and the only single to chart was "The Way I Parlay" that managed to peak at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

After that, the group took a break, working on various projects. In 2004, Troop reunited and began touring the United States.

They have headlined a number of shows and shared the stage with artists such as Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Keith Sweat, Silk, Mario, and Jon B.

In October of 2006, Troop contacted the internet radio station, The Mixx and have worked together to make the Mixx the radio home of Troop.

Steve Russell dubbed the singing voices for the 2006 movie, "Dreamgirls" and also written songs for Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, and Jennifer Hudson. 

In 2010, he released his debut solo album "So Random" from his own record label, Motel Music Media. The album is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Allen McNeil (now goes under the name, Mr. Al Mac) is the owner and founder of AMMG/AL MAC Media Group & AL MAC Enterprises. He has released two solo albums and is also currently auditioning for acting roles.

To see Troop's official MySpace page, go to:

To see Troop's official Facebook page, go to:

To see Allen McNeil's MySpace page, go to:

To see the music video for "Mamacita," go to:

To see the music video for "My Heart," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Still in Love," go to:

To see a video of Troop performing "I'm Not Soupped" on the Arsenio Hall Show, go to:

To see the music video for "Spread My Wings," go to:

To see the music video for "All I Do Is Think of You," go to:

To see the music video for "That's My Attitude," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "I Will Always Love You," go to:

To see the music video for "Whatever It Takes (To Make You Stay)," go to:

To see the music video for "Sweet November," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Do Me," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "The Way I Parlay," go to:



[updated on 05\30\13]

1 comment:

MK VALENTINO said...

Troop is actually still making music! They released two albums this year. As well as Steven Russell. The group is now only four members, but still all original.