Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1 of the Girls

1 of the Girls was a female R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio from the early 90's who has discovered by the late Gerald Levert.

The group consisted of members Nina Creque (daughter of jazz pianist, Neal Creque), LaShawn Sykes, Marvelous Miles, and Rae-Deon Kirkland.

In 1993, the group released their self-titled debut album on EastWest Records America which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200.
Their first single and biggest hit to date, "Do Da What" peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

The follow-up single "Handle With Care" was released, but didn't chart. After that, it seemed as if the group faded into obscurity.

These days, Nina Creque has moved to Atlanta where she is the assistant studio manager at Dirty South Studios.

Rae-Deon Kirkland is a gospel singer. Marvelous Miles has released an independent album, "Heavily Influenced" in 2006. LaShawn Sykes' whereabouts are currently unknown.

To see Nina Creque's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/ninacreque

To see Nina Creque's Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/ninacreque

To see Rae-Deon Kirkland's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/radeonkirkland

To see Marvelous Miles' MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/marvelousmiles

To see the music video for "Do Da What," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_HvoNlppkE

To see the music video for "Handle With Care," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnLHewPEoro

S.O.A.P.

S.O.A.P. were a female pop duo from Denmark consisting of sisters Heidi (born on October 18, 1979 in Kamplar, Malaysia) and Saseline "Line" Sorensen (born on July 26, 1982 in Perak, Malaysia).

Heidi met music producer Remee when she interviewed him for the youth magazine that she worked for. Her father (who accompanied her to the interview) mentioned to Remee that his daughter was a singer.

Remee asked Heidi to sing on a solo album with him, but Heidi stated that she wouldn't do anything without her sister, Saseline and Remee ended up withdrawing his offer. A year later, he approached the girls, wanting to produce an album with both of them.

Heidi and Saseline came up with the name "S.O.A.P." because they thought it was fun, even though it didn't stand for anything.
In March of 1998, the sisters released their debut album "Not Like Other Girls" on Sony Music. It was released in the United States in May as a self-titled album on Mariah Carey's short-lived record label, Crave Records.

The album peaked at #2 in Finland, #3 in Denmark, #32 in New Zealand, #40 in Sweden, but didn't appear to chart in the United States.
Their first single, "This is How We Party" became one of their biggest hit to date, topping the chart in Sweden, becoming moderately successful internationally, and in the US, it managed to chart at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
S.O.A.P.'s follow-up single, "Ladidi Ladida" peaked at #15 in Australia, #28 in France, #8 in New Zealand and #58 in Sweden.
The last single from the album, the title song failed to chart at all in the US or internationally. In 2000, S.O.A.P. were picked by Australian music duo Savage Garden to be the opening act for their European Tour and they also toured with the Backstreet Boys.
During that same year, S.O.A.P. released their sophomore album, "Miracle" which peaked at #20 in Denmark.
The first single from the album, "Mr. DJ" failed to chart and the last single, "S.O.A.P. is In the Air" only managed to peak at #25 in Sweden. In 2002, the duo disbanded.

These days, the Sorensen sisters continue to have active careers in the entertainment business; Saseline worked as a television host and in 2010, she released her solo album "Restart." She is also the mother of two sons.

After S.O.A.P. broke up, Heidi took a break from the music business and trained to become a tattoo artist while learning to write her own music. She has recorded music as a solo artist under the name Suriya. In 2012, her song "Forever I B Young" was chosen as a wildcard entry for the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

To see the music video for "This is How We Party," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRh73puFxnE

To see the music video for "Ladidi Ladida," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcEuHsyPxLg

To see a music video for "Not Like Other Girls," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AtJh0IQoE

To see a fan-made music video for "Mr DJ," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3p-pXl4jfk

To see the music video for "S.O.A.P. Is In the Air," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xULdvBegaQQ


[updated on 04\12\16]

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls are a female R&B\dance group that formed in the early 80's. The original members consisted of Martha Wash (born on December 28, 1953 in San Francisco, California) and Izora Rhodes Armstead (born July 6, 1942 in San Leandro, California).

Martha and Izora started their music career in the gospel group, NOW and soon became backup singers for singer Sylvester.
They were originally known as "Two Tons O' Fun" and scored three dance hits, "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven," "I Got the Feeling" and "Just Us".

They also released two albums in 1980. After that, the duo changed their name to the Weather Girls.
In 1982, the group released their first single "It's Raining Men" which became a hit, peaking at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for 2 weeks and peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

It was an international success, selling over six million copies worldwide. The song was written in 1979 by Paul Jabara & Paul Shaffer and it was offered to singers Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand & Cher before being accepted by the Weather Girls.
A year later, the duo released their debut album "Success" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The second single "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man this Christmas)" was released, but didn't chart even though a music video was made for the single.
The third single from the album "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Head" didn't appear to make the charts at all.
The last single from the album, the title song, peaked at #89 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1985, the Weather Girls released their sophomore album "Big Girls Don't Cry" which didn't chart on the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album "No One Can Love You More Than Me" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single, "Well-A-Wiggy" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
In 1988, the Weather Girls released their third self-titled album which failed to chart at all and only two singles "Love You Like a Train" and "Land of the Believer" were released.
Soon after, the Weather Girls went their separate ways. Martha Wash went on to provide vocals for dance and house music tracks.

She sang on tracks for Black Box, Seduction and most well-known for C+C Music Factory's #1 hit, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."

Disappointed that her plus-sized image wasn't included in the music videos for the songs she sang, Martha successfully sued for credit and royalities for her contributions to the songs she sang.
Martha released her self-titled debut album in 1993 which managed to score two successful dance hits.

She contributed two songs for the "D2: The Mighty Ducks" soundtrack and "The First Wives Club" soundtrack. She performed at numerous gay pride events and continues to be active in the music biz.

After the original Weather Girls split up, Izora moved to Germany and formed the German version of the Weather Girls with her daughter, Dynell.

In 2002, the group entered the German final to the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Get Up" and finished 13th out of 15.

Sadly on September 16, 2004, Izora passed away of heart failure at the age of 62 in San Leandro, Alameda County, California where she is also buried.

These days, the Weather Girls consist of Dynell and Ingrid Arthur. In late 2005, they released the album "Totally Wild" and scored an underground club hit with the song "Wild Thang."

In 2008, the duo was featured on the #1 American dance hit "Break You" by Ralph Franklin. In 2009, they released the album "The Woman I Am." They appear to continue reporting.

These days, Martha Wash continues to be active in the music business and a notable star in the gay community. In 2013, she released her sophomore album "Something Good."

To see the Weather Girls' website, go to:

To see Martha Wash's official website, go to:
http://www.marthawash.com

To see the music video for "It's Raining Men," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko3yBFoTm5c

To see the music video for "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CKRAPRAlNU

To see the music video for "Well-A-Wiggy," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GKpW6nqJE8

[updated on 03\08\14]

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Marietta

Marietta (born Marietta Waters) is a female singer from the 80's who is well-known for her appearance on the 1986 "Top Gun" movie soundtrack.

She has written & recorded music, and toured with musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Cyndi Lauper, Mister Mister, Patrice Rushen, and Elton John. She was also a solo singer in Germany.
In 1986, she was featured on the "Top Gun" movie soundtrack with the song, "Destination Unknown." The soundtrack was a huge success, topping the Billboard 200 chart for several weeks.
During that same year, Marietta released the single, "Born to Dance." She also sang the title song for the movie, "Fire and Ice."

She has also recorded two albums with Sergio Mendes and Brazil '88 under the name "Marietta Araiza." She also contributed songs to the movies "Perfect" and "Fire, Ice And Dynamite" (the sequel to "Fire and Ice").
These days, Marietta lives in Van Nys, California and works as a voice teacher. In 2006, she released an album entitled "A Call from the Heart."

To see a fan-made video for "Destination Unknown," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tg1NXFChrk

To see a fan-made video for "Fire and Ice," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkFLShrbAsE

The Communards

The Communards were a British pop\dance act which consisted of members Jimmy Sommerville, Richard Coles and Dave Renwick.

They formed in 1985 after Jimmy left his former band, Bronski Beat to partner up with Richard Coles.

Even though Richard was a pianist, he played numerous instruments and was seen performing the clarinet solo on Bronski Beat's song, "It Ain't Necessarily So." They soon teamed up with bass musician Dave Renwick, who also performed with Bronski Beat.
In 1985, the Communards released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #7 on the UK Albums chart and #90 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "You are My World" peaked at #30 on the UK Singles chart, but didn't make much impact in the US. The song also peaked at #30 in France.
The second single, "Disenchanted" peaked at #29 on the UK Singles chart and #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was also moderately successful in the Netherlands, peaking at #47.
The third single and the Communards' biggest hit to date, a cover version of Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" peaked at #1 on the UK Singles chart for 4 weeks. The song was successful in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Austria.

The song was a hit in the US, peaking at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's dance chart in November of 1986.

The song featured jazz singer Sarah Jane Morris as a co-vocalist. She became an unofficial third member of the group as both a backup & co-lead singer.
The last single from the album, "So Cold the Night" peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart and #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. The song was also successful internationally.
In 1987, the Communards released their sophomore album, "Red" which peaked at #4 on the UK Albums chart and #93 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single, "Tomorrow" peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart and also managed to peak at #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The second single from the album, a cover version of the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye" peaked at #4 on the UK Singles chart and #51 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also successful on Billboard's dance charts and internationally.
The third single, "For a Friend" peaked at #28 on the UK Singles chart, but failed to chart at all in the US.
The last single, "There's More to Love Than Boy Meets Girl" peaked at #20 on the UK Singles chart and once again, failed to make any impact in the US.

In 1988, the Communards disbanded and Jimmy Sommerville started his own solo career. Richard Coles worked as a journalist for the Times Literary Supplement and the Catholic Herald.

He became ordained in the Church of England, spending his time as the curate of St. Botolph's in Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

These days, Richard is the assistant priest at St. Paul's Kingsbridge and a chaplain to the Royal College of Music.

Jimmy Sommerville continues his solo career and is still active in the music biz, releasing his latest album "Suddenly Last Summer" in May 2009 as a digital download.

To see Jimmy Sommerville's official website, go to:
www.jimmysomerville.co.uk/

To see the music video for "Don't Leave Me This Way," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mlpxOaQinE

To see the music video for "Disenchanted," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5GoBI0sv1M

Anthony and the Camp

Anthony and the Camp were a dance group consisting of producer Anthony Malloy, Crawford Peterson, Henley Goddard and Linden Aaron.

Anthony already had a #1 dance hit with his former music group, Temper.
In 1986, the group released their first single, "What I Like" which topped Billboard's dance charts, making it one of their biggest hits to date.

The song also peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #80 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1988, Anthony and the Camp released their debut album, "Suspense" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200.
The follow-up single, "Suspense" peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

After that, nothing much has been heard from them and they have seemed to faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video of the 12" version of "What I Like," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zAke1nL8Ug

Monday, April 19, 2010

Deon Estus

Deon Estus (born Jeffrey Deon Estus in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer\bassist who was well-known for being the bassist in Wham! and for George Michael.

As a teen, Deon recorded two albums with the band, Brainstorm. In 1974, he graduated from Northwestern High School where he sang second tenor in the school choir. He toured in China with Wham! and on George Michael's "Faith" tour.

Deon has worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Aaron Neville and Elton John.

In 1989, he released his debut solo album, "Spell" which peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200 and #44 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Me or the Rumours" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single and Deon's biggest hit, "Heaven Help Me" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The title song managed to peak at #11 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary and #74 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

These days, Deon continues to be active in the music biz, recently producing and co-writing songs for Julie Anne, an aspiring singer.

To see the music video for "Heaven Help Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeSKdSKrmrA

To see a fan-made video for "Spell," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlZ8VhhClI

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Will to Power

Will to Power is a Florida freestyle\dance-pop group that scored numerous hits on the Billboard pop charts and later became known as a "one-hit wonder."

Bob Rosenberg (born on January 18, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) worked as a DJ at a Miami CHR radio station. He remixed and edited music as a radio-mix DJ and the mixes became popular in Miami.

In 1985, Bob created a rap record called, "Miami Vice" (based on the popular 80's tv series), but MCA Records claimed that he infringed on their copyright. He remixed and edited 2 Live Crew's song, "Beat Box" in 1986 for their debut album.

Between 1986 and 1987, Bob worked with other musicians to make original music. He chose the name "Will to Power" for the group as an homage to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's theory of an individual's fundamental will to power.

He went to a Winter Music Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale where he met Suzi Carr, a singer\songwriter who had co-written two songs for Miami Sound Machine's album, "Primitive Love."

When Bob had mentioned he was looking for a singer, he and Suzi provided vocals for a song written by Bob called "Dreamin" (as a tribute to his sister, Robin after she passed away.)
"Dreamin" was played on Power 96 in Miami, becoming a regional hit and was soon released on the Thrust Records label.

The song caught the attention Epic Records, who picked up the song and distributed it to radio stations and dance clubs around the country.

The song peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in August 1987.

It soon topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart in September of that same year. Epic Records asked Bob if he had enough material to make an album.
In 1988, Will to Power released their follow-up single, "Say It's Gonna Rain" which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Bob spent most of 1987 and 1988 working on new music with musicians including singers Suzi Carr, Maria Mendez, Donna Allen & Elin Michaels, keyboardists David Rosenthal & Lawrence Dermer and DJ\saxaphone player "Dr. J."
In March of 1988, Will to Power released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200.
Will to Power's next single, "Baby I Love Your Way\Freebird Medley" was the last song on the album to be created.

Even though Epic Records were reluctant to release the single, Bob distributed copies of the song to various Miami radio stations and then after a few other radio stations picked up the song, Epic Records finally released the single.

The song became Will to Power's biggest hit to date, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

By January 1989, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA. The song was also successful in the UK, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles chart.
The last single from Will to Power's debut album, "Fading Away" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
In late 1990, Will to Power released their sophomore album, "Journey Home" which peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "I'm Not in Love" (a cover version of 10cc's famous hit) peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The follow-up single, "Boogie Nights" (a cover version of Heatwave's hit song) failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1996, Sony Music Entertainment released Will to Power's compilation album, "Love Power" which included songs from their two albums.
In 2004, Will to Power released their third album, "Spirit Warrior" in 2004 on the Straight Blast Records label.

In 2006, an EP called "Spirit Warriors: The Remixes" was released. These days, Bob Rosenberg continues to be active in the music business.

To see Bob Rosenberg's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/bobrosenberghotmixer

To see the music video for "Baby I Love Your Way\Freebird Medley," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSCzN3FxLeo

To see the music video for "Fading Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WillToPowerVEVO

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Not in Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dSA1RfEnBM

To see a fan-made video for "Boogie Nights," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2K5DkJEyEc