Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ozone

Ozone was an R&B\funk group from Nashville, Tennessee in 1977 by three former members of the funk band, The Endeavors who were Benny Wallace, Jimmy Stewart and Charles Glenn.

They later recruited members Thomas Bumpass, William White, Ray Woodard, Greg Hargrov  and Paul Hines to provide instrumental and vocal support.  In the group's later years, Joe Foxworth became part of the group.

Ozone was signed to Motown Records. They was initially used by the label as backing musicians for musicians Billy Preston and Syretta before they allowed them to make records in 1980.

After touring with Billy Preston for two years, they were signed to Motown. Ozone has done musical arrangements for artists such as Teena Marie and Bobby Nunn.
In 1980, Ozone released their debut album "Walk On" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

The instrumental title song peaked at #94 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
In 1981, the group released their sophomore album "Send It" which peaked at #61 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "Gigolette" which peaked at #73 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Another single "Do What Cha Wanna" failed to chart at all.
During that same year, they released their third album "Jump On It" which failed to make much impact on the charts at all.
In 1982, Ozone released their fourth album, "Lil Suzy" which peaked at #152 on the Billboard 200 and #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #109 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #59 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1983, Ozone released their fifth and last album "Glasses" which peaked at #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The single "Strutt My Thang" became their highest chart appearance to date, peaking at #55 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

Another single "(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine" was quite successful in the UK and has been fondly remembered there.

Being Motown's "house band" had its advantages, but Ozone didn't receive a lot of recognition and it hindered them from becoming a household name.

With Motown not giving the group any radio or tour support at all, they disbanded and they seemed to have faded into obscurity.

To see the fan-made video for "Gigolette," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdWsfL-iIw0

To see a fan-made video for "Strutt My Stuff," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjzlQHU4KKw

To see a fan-made video for "(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo9dS3Po21w


[updated on 05\07\12]

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