Monday, May 31, 2010

Tashan

Tashan (born Thomas Jerome Pierce on April 30, 1962 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a male R&B artist.

As a kid, Tashan's mother enrolled him in a dance studio and took him out of school from time to time to take him into New York for auditions. He was a part of a group called Estelle and Alphonse's Dance Studio, performing before live audiences.

Tashan sang in his local church choir when he was 7 years old where his mother was the musical director. At the age of 13, she gave up the music group and started developing his musical skills.

He started his music career in the mid-80's, writing and producing the song "Yours for a Night" which was recorded by rap group Whodini. In 1985, he was signed to Def Jam\Columbia Records.
A year later in 1986, Tashan released his debut album, "Chasing a Dream." It's unknown how the album charted, but it was well-received by critics and the song "You've Got the Right Attitude," a duet with singer Alyson Williams was popular with soul purists.
The title song managed to peak at #100 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't make any impact on the charts in the U.S. at all.

The follow-up singles "Thank You Father," "Read My Mind" and "Love Is..." were released, but it's unknown how or if these singles ever charted.
In 1989, Tashan's second album, "On the Horizon" was released, but didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single "Black Man" managed to peak at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single "Save the Family" became Tashan's highest chart appearance to date, peaking at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album "Think About You" peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1993, Tashan released his third album, "For the Sake of Love" was released, but it didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The only single to chart "Love is Forever" managed to peak at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

The songs from the album, "All I Ever Do" and "Romantically Inspired" were well-received from fans. He also covered Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" on the album also.

In 2002, Tashan performed a sold-out concert in the UK at the Fleetwood Soul Weekender. During that same year, a compliation album of his songs from 1986 to 1993 was released in the UK.
Also in that same year, Tashan released his fourth album "Life Goez On" on his own record label, PowerKingdom Music. These days, he continues to be active with his music career.

To see Tashan's official website, go to:
www.Tashan7.com

To see a fan-made video for "Chasin' a Dream," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2QIpj2yCWU

To see a fan-made video for "Read My Mind," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T4NCTDRlU

To see a fan-made video for "Thank You Father," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0241Et4S4M

To see a fan-made video for "Love Is...," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2zo-UbZgCA

To see the music video for "Black Man," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhtLUyNvzVk

To see the music video for "Save the Family," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYRvh77QbY0

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Think About Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wlRoAPBsQY

To see the music video for "Love is Forever," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTiX-8kPiOQ


[Updated on 4\15\2016]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kane Gang

The Kane Gang (named after the classic movie "Citizen Kane") were a pop\blue-eyed-soul trio from North East England that managed to score moderate hits in both the UK and US. The trio consisted of singers Martin Brammer (born on May 13, 1957 in Seaham, Country Derham in North East England) and Paul Woods along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis.

They formed in 1982 after meeting in a few small local bands and they were signed to a small record label which led them to score a deal with London Records in 1984.
During that same year, the Kane Gang released their first single "Smalltown Creed" which peaked at #60 on the UK Singles chart.
Their second single from the album "Closest Thing to Heaven" became a hit, peaking at #12 on the UK Singles chart.
The Kane Gang's third single "Respect Yourself" peaked at #21 on the UK Singles chart and managed to chart at #19 in Australia.
In 1985, the Kane Gang released their debut album "Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang" (or "Lowdown" the title released in the U.S.) which managed to peak at #21 on the UK Albums chart.
Their fourth single "Gun Law" peaked at #53 on the UK Singles chart, but it's unknown if it was released or charted in the US.
In 1987, the Kane Gang released their sophomore album "Miracle" which peaked at #115 on the Billboard 200 and #41 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Motortown" peaked at #45 on the UK Singles chart. In the U.S., the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The second single from the album, a cover version of Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett's song "Don't Look Any Further" topped the dance charts in the US and also managed to peak at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Another single "What Time is It" was released, but it's unknown if it charted at all. Paul Woods left Kane Gang in 1991 to pursue a solo career. He and Dave Brewis worked on an album which was never released.

These days, Martin Brammer continues to write music for artists such as Sheena Easton, Nick Carter, Tina Turner and Beverely Knight.

To see the music video for "Don't Look Any Further," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlbuZtvspd4

To see the music video for "Closest Thing to Heaven," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6bKOqicLc

To see the music video for "Motortown," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxnzw26vdQg

To see the music video for "Respect Yourself," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGffrSPt5k0

To see the music video for "Gun Law," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GFkoCME35M

To see the music video for "Small Town Creed," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7jBmZC1KO0



[Updated on 04\15\2016]

Melody

Melody was a freestyle musician from the late 80's. Not much information is given about this singer, but she was signed to First Class Records.
In 1987, Melody released her first (and only) single "Heartbreaker." The song was written, produced & mixed by Charlie "Rock" Jimenez.

After that, it seemed as if she has faded into obscurity. She never released another single or album and nothing's been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made music video for "Heartbreaker," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQqnCYg6Rng

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Keith Sweat's New Album

Keith Sweat's newest album, "Ridin' Solo" will be available on June 15th, 2010.

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes. If you preorder the album, you'll get a bonus track, "I Hurt an Angel."

If you love Keith Sweat, you don't want to miss this. Keep your eye out on Keith's album this summer.

Aileen Quinn's Debut Album

Okay, I know that Aileen Quinn (the star of the 1982 movie, "Annie") isn't considered a rare and obscure musician, but her first album is considered "rare and obscure" because this album is really hard to find nowadays.
In November 1982, Aileen released an album called "Bobby's Girl" on Columbia Records after she finished filming "Annie."

The album mostly consisted of cover songs such as Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," Crystal Gayle's "Songs" from the "Sesame Street Country" album, "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" from "The Muppet Movie" and of course, the title song, "Bobby's Girl."

Due to lack of promotion (which Aileen should've deserved), the album isn't recognized at record stores and today, the album's a rarity. If you're trying to look for this album, you can try your luck on Ebay or Gemm, but like I've said, this album is really hard to find.

Once again, I know that Aileen Quinn isn't considered an "rare and obscure" artist, but her debut album is a rarity and it caught my interest as being rare and obscure, so I figured I might as well post this to see if any other music lovers know about this album.

As a bonus, here are two fan-made videos from her debut album:

To see a fan-made video for "Bobby's Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9seLVe9r01U&amp

To see a fan-made video for "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZxirmDtYBM

Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl is a pop music duo consisting of married couple George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. George and Shannon met at a wedding where they were hired to perform at and they soon formed the duo.

They have written songs for artists such as Bette Midler and Deniece Williams, but they are most well-known for writing Whitney Houston's hit songs "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
In 1985, Boy Meets Girl released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single released from the album "Oh Girl" peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May of 1985.
Another single from the album "The Touch" was also released, but it's unknown how it made the charts at all.
Three years later in 1988, they released their sophomore album "Reel Life" which peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Their first single and biggest hit to date "Waiting For a Star to Fall" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

The song was originally written for Whitney Houston, but it was rejected and then it was given to Belinda Carlisle, who made a demo for it for her "Heaven on Earth" album at the insistance by her record label, but she didn't like the song and it remained unreleased.

The song was also successful in the UK and Australia. Shannon and George's daughter, Hilary was featured in the music video for the single. It was even featured in the movie "Three Men and a Little Lady" in 1990.
The follow-up single from the album "Bring Down the Moon" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Another single from the album "Stormy Love" was released, but didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
Boy Meets Girl's next album "New Dream" was supposed to be released in 1990, but it was shelved by RCA Records during a label reorganization. The album was finally released in 2004 on their own website and it's also available on Amazon.com.
During the early 2000's, George and Shannon divorced, but they continued collaborating musically. In 2003, they released their fourth album, "The Wonderground" on their own record label and arranged for their two RCA albums to be re-released.

In 2005, their song, "Waiting for a Star to Fall" was involved in a "sample battle" between two electronic music groups, Cabin Crew and Sunset Strippers, who both wanted to sample the song and remix it to make it a hit again. In the end, Sunset Strippers won the right to sample the song.

These days, it appears if George and Shannon are still active with their music careers.

To see Boy Meets Girl's official website, go to:
http://www.boymeetsgirlmusic.com/

To see the music video for "Oh Girl," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLYzfW4AkLc

To see a fan-made video for "The Touch," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa3yBtf-BCk

To see the music video for "Waiting For a Star to Fall," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhxF9Qg5mOU

To see the music video for "Bring Down the Moon," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GiE7XLhv98

To see a fan-made video for "Stormy Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cby9i6IlijM


[Updated on 04\15\2016]

Michael Morales

Michael Morales (born on April 25, 1963 in San Antonio, Texas) is a pop\rock singer who scored two Top 40 hits during the '90s. He grew up in a musical family and as a kid, he played guitar, drums and piano in several bands.

In 1980, Michael was part of a band called The Max. He performed with them until he earned his first record contract with PolyGram Records.
In 1989, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #113 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album earned plenty of airplay on MTV.
Michael's first single "I Don't Know" peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his first appearance on the chart.

His second single (a cover version of the Romantics' hit song "What I Like About You") became a hit, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The last single "Who Do You Give Your Love To" became Michael's biggest hit to date, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Michael and his brother, Ron started their own record label, Studio M in their hometown of San Antonio, Texas. They've won four Grammys for albums produced and recorded at their studio.
In 1991, he released his sophomore album "Thump" which didn't appear chart at all on the Billboard 200.
The only single, "I Don't Wanna See You" was released, but wasn't as successful as Michael's two Top 40 hits, peaking only at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2000, Michael released his third album, "That's the Way" which didn't chart at all.

His music has been heard in movies such as "Picking Up the Pieces" and the 2006 Cannes Film Winner, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada." His music has also been nominated for six Grammys.

These days, Michael lives in San Antonio with his three kids. He has also started the Michael Morales Rock Music Institute for teens and adults and the Michael Morales Rockstar Academy for kids ages 7 to 12 yrs old in his hometown. He also continues to be active with his record label, Studio M.

To see the website for Michael Morales' Rock Music Institute and Rockstar Academy,
go to:
http://www.moralesacademy.com/HOME.html

To see the website for Michael and his brother Ron's record label, Studio M, go to:
http://www.studiomus.com/

To see the music video for "Who Do You Give Your Love To," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu7gaoy6w3E

To see the music video for "What I Like About You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEIMPfeXspo

To see a fan-made video for "I Don't Know," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb7wtd34U2A

To see a fan-made video for "I Don't Wanna See You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqxSlBb_50o


[Updated on 04\15\2016]

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Broomfield

Broomfield (born Alfred Lamar Broomfield on September 29, 1954 in Vidalia, Georgia) is a male R&B singer who is the brother of R&B singers Eugene & Dee Dee Wilde and was also part of a family project called Simplicious with his siblings.

Broomfield first began singing in local churches and during his high school years, he began to play the tenor saxophone. He later began playing guitar which subsequently led to him becoming a drummer & an all-around musician.
In 1987, Broomfield released his self-titled debut album which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

The first single released from the album "She Can't Get Serious" didn't appear to make the Billboard music charts at all.
The last single from the album "Don't Cover Up Your Feelings" was released, but once again, it's unknown how or if the single ever charted.
In 1991 (four years after his debut album), he released his sophomore album "Certain Kinds of Weather" which failed to make any impact on the charts either.

After that, Broomfield took a break from the music business. In 2008, it was revealed that one of his sons had passed away and he was starting to return to music, but nothing much has been heard since then and now it's unknown what he's up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for "She Can't Get Serious," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLCE2sd2GJU

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Cover Up Your Feelings," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o37FpTiKDVU

To see a fan-made video for "I Won't Rush You" (from his sophomore album "Certain Kinds of Weather"), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0CQunt4mwU


[Updated on 04\15\2016]