Thursday, May 13, 2010

Five Star

Five Star were a British pop\R&B group that consisted of the Pearson siblings: Stedman (born Stedman Pearson Jr. on June 29, 1964), Doris (born Doris May Pearson on June 8, 1966), Lorraine (born Lorraine Samantha Jean Pearson on August 10, 1967), Denise (born Denise Lisa Maria Pearson on June 13, 1968), and Delroy (born on April 11, 1970) from Romford, Greater London, England.

The group was formed by their father, Buster Pearson, who toured as a guitarist for musicians such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff. Their mother, Delores Pearson handled the business side of things.
Buster started his own record label called Tent Records. In October of 1983, Five Star released their first single "Problematic" which they performed on BBC TV's "Pebble Mill At One" show that gave the group public attention.

According to Buster Pearson, RCA Records were on the phone offering Five Star a record deal before the end of their performance. The single failed to chart at all in the UK.
In 1984, Five Star released two singles from their upcoming debut album "Hide and Seek" and "Crazy." The singles failed to make any impact on the UK Singles chart, but "Hide and Seek" was covered by New Edition on their 1984 self-titled album.
In 1985, Five Star released their debut album "Luxury of Life" which peaked at #57 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Even though the album took a while to chart in the UK when it was released in the summer of that same year, by 1986, it managed to peak at #12 in early 1986 on the UK Albums chart. It was certified Platinum in October of 1986, selling over 300,000 copies in the UK.
The third single (released in May of 1985) from their debut album "All Fall Down" peaked at #15 on the UK Singles chart.

In the United States, the song peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it their first pop hit in the country). It also peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart & #16 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The fourth single from the album "Let Me Be The One" was released in July of 1985. It peaked at #18 on the UK Singles Chart, making it their second Top 20 single.

In the United States, the song peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The fifth single "Love Take Over" (released in September of 1985) peaked at #25 on the UK Singles Sales chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The sixth single "RSVP" peaked at #45 on the UK Singles chart, but didn't appear to chart at all in the United States.
The last single from the album "System Addict" peaked at #3 on the UK Singles chart, making it Five Star's first Top 10 hit song.
In 1986, Five Star released their sophomore album "Silk and Steel" which topped the UK Albums chart and internationally. In the United States, the album peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Can't Wait Another Minute" peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song became their biggest pop hit to date, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It also peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The second single from the album "Find the Time" (which was released in June of 1986) peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart.
The third single from the album "Rain or Shine" peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart, making it their biggest hit in the UK to date.
The fourth single "If I Say Yes" peaked at #15 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The fifth single from the album "Stay Out of My Life" peaked at #9 on the UK Singles chart. It was written by Denise Pearson and she produced the song with her dad, Buster.
The sixth single "The Slightest Touch" peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart, making it their last Top 10 hit song to date in the UK. Five Star chose music producer Shep Pettibone to remix the album track for release as a single.
The last single from the album "Are You Man Enough" which was released only in the United States, peaking at #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.Five Star received a BRIT Award for "Best British Group."
In 1987, Five Star released their third album "Between the Lines" which peaked at #7 on the UK Albums chart, but not on the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album "Whenever You're Ready" peaked at #11 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The second single "Strong as Steel" peaked at #16 on the UK Singles chart. It was written by Diane Warren (who has written songs for Michael Bolton, Cher, etc). In 1990, the song was covered by singer Tina Arena.
The third and last single from the album "Somebody Somewhere" peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart. The live performance of the song became their official music video since a promotional one wasn't made due to Five Star's involvement in the "Children of the Night" tour.
In 1988, Five Star released their fourth album "Rock the World" which peaked at #17 on the UK Albums chart and #91 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart in the United States.

The group changed their clean-cut image to a "leather-clad" look with a slightly harder-edged dance sound to their music.
The first single from the album "Another Weekend" peaked at #18 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single "Rock My World" peaked at #28 on the UK Singles chart, making it their last UK Top 40 hit. The b-side on the single "Sweetest Innocence" received a BPI Award for "Best Instrumental."
The third single "Someone's in Love" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. On the song,  Doris sang the lead vocals rather than Denise (who had been the lead singer on all of Five Star's singles up to this point).
The fourth single "There's a Brand New World" peaked at #61 on the UK Singles chart. It was their first single since 1985 not to chart on the UK Top 40.
The last single from the album "Let Me Be Yours" peaked at #51 on the UK Singles chart and didn't go any higher. It was released in November of 1988 as their intended Christmas single.
In 1989, Five Star released their greatest hits album which included two new songs and one of them "With Every Heartbeat" flopped, only charting at #49 on the UK Singles chart.

The release of their greatest hits album marked the end of their association with RCA Records and after that, they signed to Epic Records and started to work on their new album.
A year later in 1990, Five Star released their fifth self-titled studio album which was released only in the US. The album was planned to be released in the UK, but scrapped after the two lead singles failed to make any impact on the charts.
The first single from the album "Treat Me Like a Lady" peaked at #54 on the UK Singles chart.
The second and last single from the album "Hot Love" peaked at #68 on the UK Singles chart, making it their last appearance on the UK Top 75.

In 1991, Five Star released their sixth album, "Shine" which was released only in the US, but it was released on import to the UK. The album was recorded at Michael Jackson's recording studio, MMJ Studios in California.
The title song was released as a single, but it flopped on the charts. After that, Epic Records dropped Five Star from their label. The group's second greatest hits album was released in 1993.
In 1995, Five Star released their seventh album, "Heart and Soul" on their own record label, Tent Records. The album was first released a year earlier in the US, but it flopped.

The two singles released: "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" and "I Give You Give" were unsuccessful. After that, Five Star disbanded.

Denise moved to California in the early 90's and married a racing driver whom she later divorced. She has two children and in 2005, she moved back to the UK with her kids.

Stedman pursued other business ventures such as running a limousine service and teaching dance in London.

Lorraine became an author, releasing her novel, "Her, Me, and Reality" in 1989. Doris pursued other interests and focused on personal projects.

Delroy scored success writing & producing songs for R&B boy band, Immature. He is married with a kid and continues to write & produce music for other artists.
In 2001, Five Star released their newest single, "Funktafied" peaked at #99 on the R&B charts in the US.

During that same year, they released their last album to date "Eclipse" which was only released on CD as an Internet-only release.

In 2002, the group was back as a trio with only Denise, Lorraine and Stedman to perform on various tours such as 2002's "Here and Now" nostalgia tour. In 2005, they released a re-recorded version of "System Addict" and in 2006, Five Star was booked to perform a gig at the UK holiday resort, Butlins.

In 2007, Denise announced she was working on solo material and is now a songwriter. In March of that same year, a DVD of all of Five Star's videos was released. She made her appearance in the West End Theater in the musical, "Thriller-Live" based on Michael Jackson from January to April 2009.

In 2008, Five Star celebrated their 25th anniversary and Denise joined Stedman for gigs at Butlins in October and November of 2009. In 2012, all the original members of the group performed at the 2012 Rewind Festivals. During that same year, their father & manager, Buster passed away.

These days, Five Star continues to perform and tour at various venues & festivals.

To see Five Star's official website, go to:
http://www.fivestarofficial.com

To see the music video for "Hide and Seek," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfz0usTi_A8

To see the music video for "Crazy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO_BN00aVqY

To see the music video for "All Fall Down," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI58lEFaODE

To see the music video for "Let Me Be the One," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nOAYYSQP_M

To see the music video for "Love Take Over," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dNrv1HX-F8

To see a fan-made video for "RSVP," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B-jGEajIXs

To see the music video for "System Addict," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsA7rdZelLc

To see the music video for "Can't Wait Another Minute," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sng4JWYn-o8

To see the music video for "Find the Time," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zXp0xUk7qI

To see the music video for "Rain or Shine," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOXjoLf-bLw

To see a fan-made video for "If I Say Yes," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcOK-lxLnLE

To see the music video for "Stay Out of My Life," go to:
ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPdK6llKM6o

To see the music video for "The Slighest Touch," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QnpyVzigng

To see a fan-made video for "Are You Man Enough," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Cr61hUGic

To see the music video for "Whenever You're Ready," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbyCITBnW8

To see the music video for "Strong as Steel," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP-1qSHuTG4

To see the music video for "Somewhere Somebody," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1dijAA97ck

To see a fan-made video for "Rock My World," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9d9EjX8xpw

To see the music video for "There's a Brand New World," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaA_J3ZiQO4

To see the music video for "Let Me Be Yours," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWJm1D7rIto

To see the music video for "With Every Heartbeat," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUlULCdtPg4

To see the music video of "Treat Me Like a Lady," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAv8-PhY-qU

To see the music video for "Hot Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfWGfigCJu0

To see the music video for "Shine," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KL70zOEeSY

To see the music video for "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSorm0G6B2k

To see a fan-made video for "I Give, You Give," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FXZuKb3xm4



[Updated on 04\15\2016]

2 comments:

Carmen Streeter said...

five star please come back we need new music from you we miss you, and we will always love you. my name is c. b. streeter

Carmen Streeter said...

we love five star.