Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Whitehead Bros (Kenny & Johnny)

The Whitehead Bros were an R&B duo from Philly made up of brothers Kenny and Johnny Whitehead, the sons of the late John Whitehead (who was a songwriter and member of R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead).
In 1986, the Whitehead Bros released an album called "Kenny and Johnny" on Philadelphia International Records.  It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The first single from the album "I Jumped Out of My Skin" peaked at #79 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album "Stylin" peaked at #79 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1994, 8 years after their first album, the Whitehead Bros released their sophomore album "Serious" on Motown Records. Once again, it's unknown how well the album charted.
The first single from the album "Your Love is a 187," became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The second single "Forget I Was a G" peaked at #32 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The song was featured on the "Jason's Lyric" movie soundtrack. Another single "Sex on the Beach" was released, but didn't appear to chart at all.

In 1996, The Whitehead Bros released the single "Feel Your Pain" for their unreleased third album, but it went unnoticed.

After that, it seemed as if Kenny and Johnny Whitehead have faded into obscurity. I haven't been able to find out what they've been up to lately.

To see the music video for "Your Love is a 187," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d83Va6JdslU

To see the music video for "Forget I Was a G," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs_F0znoBGA

To see the music video for "Feel Your Pain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwJBlKbI--U

To see a fan-made video for "Stylin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqzQcZZOpGY

To see a fan-made video for "I Jumped Out Of My Skin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I9xKjkBQlc


[updated on 05\07\12]

1 comment:

KeepinItReal said...

I loved this group back in the day! Forget I was a "G" was my jam! I wonder where they are right now. Unfortunately, I heard their father, of McFadden and Whitehead, was murdered 10 years ago. He was the victim of a random shooting.