Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Party

The Party was a pop group formed by the Disney Channel with cast members Albert Fields (born on March 3, 1975), Tiffini Hale (born on July 30, 1975), Chase Hampton (born on January 12, 1975), Deedee Magno (born on April 2, 1975) and Damon Pampolina of the 1989 "Mickey Mouse" (or the MMC) club.

As part of a promotion for the group, a name-the-band contest was held and the band's name became "the Party" which is an acronym for "Positive Attitude Reflecting Today's Youth."
The group was the first music act signed to Walt Disney's pop-music record label, Hollywood Records.

In August of 1990, the Party released their debut album which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single, "Summer Vacation" peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. The second single, "I Found Love" peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Their last single, "That's Why" which peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. During that time, the Disney Channel produced a special called "The Party: In Concert" and the group's success led them to concert opening acts for artists such as Vanilla Ice and Taylor Dayne.

The Party was also featured on shows such as "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," "Into the Night Starring Rick Dees," and "The Party Machine" with singer\actress, Nia Peeples.
In 1991, they released their remixes\covers EP, "In the Meantime, In Between Time" which peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200.

The EP was supposed to keep fans occupied until the Party was done completing their sophomore album, but the EP became successful.
The first single, "In My Dreams" became the Party's biggest hit, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Another single, "Peace, Love, and Understanding" was released, but didn't chart. The success of "In My Dreams" scored the Party appearances on shows such as "Club MTV," a return to the MMC show, a Disney Channel special called, "Go Party," and they opened up for Hi-Five's concert tour.
In 1992, the Party released their sophomore album, "Free" which peaked at #163 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album didn't reach the same success as their debut which caused Damon Pampolina to quit the group.
The two singles released, "Free" and "All About Love" failed to make any impact on the Billboard Hot 100, but "Free" was a minor dance hit, peaking at #40 on the chart.

The Party had their last Disney Channel special called, "All About the Party," opened for Color Me Badd's concert and made an appearance on "Blossom."
In 1993, the Party's last album, "The Party's Over.....Thanks for Coming" failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

The album contained of outtakes from their sophomore album's recording sessions and previously recorded songs before the group split up.
In 1997, the Party's greatest hits album was released, to little chart success, failing to chart at all on the Billboard charts. The members of the Party have gone on to separate lives.

Albert Fields recorded his solo album under the name "Jeune" called "Back to Reality" and he continues to perform and record music on the indie music circuit.

In 1994, Chase Hampton returned to the MMC show to host the final year of the show and continued to perform with musician Mike Vizcarra in the band, "Buzzfly" and in May 2007, he released his solo album, "Chase Hampton: Something to Believe."

Tiffini Hale also returned in 1994 to host the final year of the MMC show and has since faded out of the public eye.

Deedee Magno (or also known as Deedee Magno Hall) is married with a child. After the Party broke up, she performed in musical theater in plays such as "Miss Saigon" and "Wicked." It is rumored that Deedee is working on her first solo album.

Damon Pampolina acted for a few years after the Party broke up, but left show business to work in real estate in Southern California. He is also behind StreetMusicTV, a MySpace-inspired website for artists waiting to be discovered.

He wants to get back into acting and has starred in numerous commercials. Albert and Damon have reunited to form their own group, "N'Descent Proposal."

To see Albert's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/indianajeune

To see Chase's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/buzzfly

To see the music video for "Summer Vacation," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO8qGcYDQBo

To see the video for "I Found Love" performed on the MMC show, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqFM7rR1Tmo

To see the music video for "In My Dreams," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjw8e_AKVcs

To see the music video for "Free," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKgiGU9fKW0

To see the music video for "All About Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8rSt1P0eQE




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