Friday, August 14, 2009

Rude Boys

The Rude Boys are an R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio. The original line-up consisted of Larry Marcus (the cousin of BB King), Melvin Sephus and brothers Edward Lee Banks & Joe Little. They were discovered by the late Gerald LeVert who got them a record deal with Atlantic Records.
In 1990, the group released their debut album "Rude Awakening" which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single "Come On Let's Do This" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single "Written All Over Your Face" became a hit, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in March of 1991, staying on the chart for 31 weeks.

The song won the Billlboard Music Award for "No. 1 R&B Single of the Year."
The third single "Heaven" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The last single from the album "Are You Lonely For Me" became Rude Boys' second #1 R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in November of 1991, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.
In 1992, the group released their sophomore album "Rude House" which peaked at #33 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.


The first single from the album "My Kinda Girl" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in July of 1992, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The follow-up single "Go Ahead and Cry" which peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1992, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

Joe Little released a solo album in 1994 and teamed up with Gerald LeVert as a writing team on various occasions, producing & writing music for artists such as the O'Jays, the Temptations, Men at Large, Keith Sweat and LSG.
In 1997, Rude Boys released their third album "Rude As Ever" which didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 or R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "Nothing No One" which peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if the Rude Boys faded into obscurity. In November of 2006 (after Gerald LeVert's death from an accidental drug overdose), the Rude Boys reunited after performing at Gerald's funeral.

Larry Marcus decided to pursue a gospel music career along with Edward Banks & Melvin Sephus discontinued performing with the group.

These days, Joe Little and new members Gee Labeaud and Keni Myles are performing as Rude Boys. They are planning on releasing a new single & EP.

Joe is also the C.E.O., co-founder, and spokesman of Urbean Joe Gourmet Coffee, a self-acclaimed first African-American independently-owned coffee brand & franchise.

Larry Marcus is now an indie artist. It's is unknown what Melvin Sephus and Edward Banks are up to today.

To see the music video for "Written All Over Your Face," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLp0H6ckknc

To see the music video for "Heaven," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atz6wAX4bUQ

To see a fan-made video for "Are You Lonely For Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxA2yF9rZXs

To see the music video for "My Kinda Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL5WFpuFNIs

To see the music video for "Go Ahead and Cry," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qvSceGwn5w

[updated on 05\22\13]

1 comment:

hayley said...

that video is hilarious. i like the scenes where they are all dancing