Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oscar

Oscar was a female R&B group from the 90s that consisted of members Sally Ries, Debbie Lewis, Hiromi Kuroiwa and Kia Jeffries.
In 1992, Oscar released their only album "Spotlight" on Epic Records which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
Their first single "I'm Calling You (Do-Po-Liddle-La-Le-Yeah!)" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, becoming their highest chart appearance to date.
Oscar's follow-up single, "Keep Touchin' Me" peaked at #97 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, stayiing on the charts for only 2 weeks.

According to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars blog, Kia Jeffries was featured on rapper Akinyele's 1996 song, "Put it In Your Mouth" and was later part of another short-lived R&B girl group, 4Kast (which is also featured on the blog).

These days, Kia goes under the name "Babydoll" and is pursuing a solo music career of her own. As for the other members of the group, it's unknown what they're up to and has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "I'm Calling You (Do-Po-Liddle-La-Le-Yeah)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSZQRmzfM9Y

To see the music video for "Keep Touchin' Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSAd-FemeGY


[updated on 05\07\12]

3 comments:

heyyah said...

good group with a very strange name

thatsmyjamradio said...

Thanks for linking to the video I uploaded! The episode of "Video Soul" that I got it from also had an interview with the group. They apparently wanted their name to be attention-grabbing, so they decided to use a guy's name to do just that -- but made sure it wasn't the same name as any of their ex-boyfriends. Very clever!

Michael McDowell said...

I saw Oscar live when their Spotlight album was released. Tremendously promising group, and the album as a whole has much stronger songwriting than what was often found within the genre at that time. Kia Jeffries is back to being Kia Jeffries these days, and is very much still plugging away at her solo career. Love them!