Sunday, October 3, 2010

Collage

Collage was an R&B group from Los Angeles that consisted of drummer\vocalist Richard Aguon, trumpet player Dean Boysen, guitarist\vocalist Emilio Conesa, bassist\keyboardist Kirk Crumpler, keyboardist Albert DeGracia, saxophonist\vocalist Ruben Laxamana, saxophonist Melecio Magdaiuyo, lead vocalist Lee Peters, guitarist\synth player Larry White and trombone\trumpet player Ross Wilson.

The band's name comes from the different ethnic backgrounds of the group members. Collage worked with music producer Nicholas Caldwell (of the Whispers) in the early to mid '80s when they recorded for Solar Records.
In 1981, Collage released their debut album, "Do You Like Our Music." It's unknown how or if the album charted.
The singles released from the album were: "Groovin" and "Money in Your Pocket." It's unknown how or if the album or the singles charted.
In 1983, the group released their sophomore album "Get in Touch." It's unknown how or if the album charted at all.
The first single from the album "Get In Touch With Me" peaked at #56 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The follow-up single "Young Girls" was released, but it's unknown how or if the single or album ever charted.
In 1985, Collage released their third and last album to date "Shine The Light." Like their previous two albums, It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single from the album, "Romeo, Where's Juliet" managed to peak at #50 on the UK Singles chart and #86 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
Another single from the album "Winners and Losers" was also released. After that, it seems as if the group has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Groovin'," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrrcwuFvoI0

To see a fan-made video for "Romeo, Where's Juliet," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP24JT0dVso

To see a fan-made video for "Money in Your Pocket," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKGTaNUvLHI

To see a fan-made video for "Get in Touch With Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJap7uGjtYA

To see a fan-made video for "Young Girls," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfTr_fgQpvg

To see a fan-made video for "Romeo Where's Juliet," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa2L7htLfWw

To see a fan-made video for "Winners and Losers," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snpJbWQP9sY


[updated on 8/02/13]

1 comment:

Commentor Commentor said...

"Collage was an R&B group from Los Angeles..." No, Collage was NOT from Los Angeles. The members were all from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their headquarters were at Ban Leader Rubin Laxamana's home in Emeryville California.

For years prior to taking the name Collage, the group played under the name, Arrival. As they were about to cut their first album, a band name search revealed a British band, The Arrivals, precipitating a name change to Magic, then eventually, Collage.

Prior to their first album they played mostly in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas, though there were shows throughout the western US and Canada.