Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Suttons

Mike and Brenda Sutton (also known as the Suttons) are singers and songwriters from Los Angeles, California.

They first worked together as staff writers and singers for Motown Records in the early 70's. During that period, Mike and Brenda wrote songs for the late Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Three Ounces of Love, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, and Jerry Butler.

While at Motown, Brenda sang background vocals on Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" while she and Mike wrote & performed as part of a music act called Finished Touch in 1979.

When they were away from Motown Records, Mike and Brenda wrote and produced songs for Cheryl Lynn, The Detroit Spinners, Anita Pointer, Cheryl Lynn, and Jr Tucker.
In 1982, The Suttons released their first album "Don't Hold Back" on Sam Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
The first single from the album "We'll Make It" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

The second single "Don't Hold Back" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The last single released from the album "Don't Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips and Move Me)" peaked at #82 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
In 1984, The Suttons released their second album "So Good" on Rocshire Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
The first single from the album "Live It Up (Love It Up)" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single released from the album, "Kraazy" peaked at #67 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

Nothing was heard from the Suttons until 1990 when they recorded a song "No Other Love" for the UK record label, Motorcity.
Now separated, Mike worked with Brenda on his solo album, "Hopeless Romantic" in 2002 which was released on Little Dizzy Records.

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Hold Back," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl5FX6XZGLc

To see a fan-made video for "So Good," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtqXg5jcTss


[updated on 05\05\12]

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