Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Musical Youth

Musical Youth are a pop\reggae group that are known in the US for their "one-hit wonder" status. The band formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England.

The original group consisted of two sets of brothers; the Grant brothers: Michael (born on January 7, 1969) & Kelvin (born on July 9, 1971) and the Waite brothers: Freddie (also known as "Junior") (born on May 23, 1967) & Patrick (born on May 16, 1968).

Junior and Patrick's father, Frederick sang lead with Junior at the start of their career in the late 70's. The group performed gigs at pubs in Birmingham and released a single called "Political\Generals" on local record label, 021 Records.

After appearing on BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel's evening show, Musical Youth was signed to MCA Records. By that time, the Waite brothers' father had left the group and he was replaced by Dennis Seaton (born on March 2, 1967) as the lead singer.
In 1982, Musical Youth released their debut album "The Youth of Today" which peaked at #24 on the UK Albums chart. In the US, the album peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Musical Youth's biggest hit song "Pass the Dutchie" topped the UK Singles chart and also in Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

In the US, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Black Singles chart. The song was a cover of the Mighty Diamonds' song "Pass the Kutchie" which is slang for "marijuana." They changed it to "Pass the Dutchie" which means "cooking pot."

Musical Youth became one of the first black artists to get airplay on MTV.

The second single "Youth of Today" which peaked at #13 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The third single "Never Gonna Give You Up" peaked at #6 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.  
The fourth single "Heartbreaker" peaked at #44 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks. In the US, the song peaked at #68 on Billboard's Black Singles chart in May of 1983, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1983, Musical Youth were featured on Donna Summer's song, "Unconditional Love" which reached the top 20 in the UK, but was moderately successful in the US.
During that same year, Musical Youth released their sophomore album "Different Style" which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It's unknown how or if the album charted in the UK.
The first single from the album "Tell Me Why" peaked at #33 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The second single from the album "007" peaked at #26 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The third single from the album "Sixteen" peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.The fourth single from the album "She's Trouble" flopped in the US, peaking only at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was moderately successful on Billboard's Black Singles chart, peaking at #25 and staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Whatcha Talking 'Bout" peaked at #81 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

Musical Youth broke up in 1985 after Dennis Seaton left. He later formed the short-lived group called XMY.
In 1989, Dennis released his solo album, "Imagine That". After his solo career failed to take off, he worked as a delivery driver, worked in the car rental industry, and focused on studying, eventually receiving a music degree. In 1993, he returned to Musical Youth.

Sadly on February 18, 1993, Patrick Waite (who later went on to a life of crime) died in Birmingham at only 24 years old due to natural causes.

In 2001, Musical Youth reformed and were supposed to perform on the "Hear and Now" tour, but due to 9\11, it was canceled. These days, Musical Youth consists of only Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant, who continue to perform.

Dennis currently resides in Birmingham, England with his wife and three children. Junior Waite has been sectioned in a secure unit in Birmingham. It's unknown what Kelvin Grant is up to these days.

To see the music video for "Pass the Dutchie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUH1XmFb05Y

To see the music video for "Youth of Today," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsPiKkxucyQ

To see the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L38PlN2msc

To see the music video for "She's Trouble," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up93ykpG07E

To see a fan-made video for "007," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2OeKZuWsZQ

As a bonus, here's the music video for Donna Summer's "Unconditional Love" featuring Musical Youth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVMnRN2TdVw

[updated on 05\24\12]

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Charles & Eddie

Charles (born Charles Pettigrew on May 12, 1963) and Eddie (born Eddie Chacon) were a pop\soul music duo from the early 90s.

Eddie grew up in Hayward and Castro Valley, California, starting his first band when he was 12 years old with neighborhood friends Cliff Burton (of Metallica) and Mike Bordin (of Faith No More). Later on, he moved to Los Angeles, London, Miami, and Copehagen where his career moved towards producing and songwriting. He wrote a few hit songs in Europe.

Charles was raised in Philly and went on to study jazz vocals at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston while singing as the lead singer with a music act called Down Avenue.
In 1992, Charles & Eddie released their debut album "Duophonic" which peaked at #153 on the Billboard 200, #81 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart. The album peaked at #19 in the UK.
The duo's first single and biggest hit to date "Would I Lie to You" which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #27 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #15 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #59 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, stying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The song also peaked at #1 in the UK, Austria, Germany, nd New Zealand. The song was certified Platinum in the UK, Silver in France and Gold in Austria & Germany.
The second single from Charles & Eddie's debut album "NYC (Can You Believe This City)" peaked at #33 on the UK Singles chart, but didn't appear to chart at all in the US.
The last single from the album "House is Not a Home" didn't chart in the US, but peaked at #29 on the UK Singles chart.

Charles and Eddie were featured on the soundtracks to "True Romance," "Addams Family Values" and "Super Mario Bros."
In 1995, Charles & Eddie released their second and last album to date "Chocolate Milk." The album didn't reach the same success as their previous one.
The single "I'm Gonna Love You (24-7 365)" was moderately successful in the UK, but the next released single from the album, "Jealousy" didn't chart at all.

After that, it seemed as if Charles & Eddie had faded into obscurity. Sadly on April 6, 2001, Charles Pettigrew passed away of cancer at the age of 37. He was recording an album with Tom Tom Club's Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth at the time of his death.
Eddie currently lives in Los Angeles and fronts the electronic music duo The Polyamorous Affair with his partner, Sissy Sainte Marie.

In 2009, they released their debut album "Bolshevik Disco." In 2005, "Would I Lie To You" was remixed by Musikk featuring Eddie Chacon which became a #1 hit song in Europe.

To see the music video for "Would I Lie To You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_UXvcr22rM

To see a fan-made video for "NYC (Can You Believe This City?)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge_6GXKgbyU

To see a fan-made video for "House is Not a Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjPipJGiizw

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Gonna Love You (24-7 365)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Ai0QduE64

To see a fan-made video for "Jealousy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcobRN1gO8


[updated on 05\07\12]

Keedy

Keedy (born Kelly Ann Keedy on July 26, 1965 in Abilene, Texas) is a female pop singer from the early '90s. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 1991, Keedy released her debut album "Chase the Clouds" which didn't peak at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
Keedy's biggest hit song to date "Save Some Love" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming a top 20 hit on the chart.
Keedy released a follow-up single "Wishing on the Same Star" which peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Because of management changes at Arista Records, promotional support for the second single was pulled and no other singles from the album were released.

Keedy stayed at Arista Records and attempted to work on a sophomore album, but due to management shifts, the album was shelved. After that, she left the label and moved back to Wisconsin where she joined a cover band called the Orphans in the mid-90's.

After leaving the band, Keedy and her musician husband, Royce Hall formed a band called the Luvbyrds. These days, they continue to perform and record music and post demos on their MySpace page.

The Milk Carton Pop Stars blog was fortunate enough to get an interview with Keedy which you can read about here:
http://milkcartonpopstars.blogspot.com/search/label/Keedy

To see Keedy and her husband Royce's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/roycekeedy

To see the music video for "Save Some Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OwAvDJmnJI

To see the music video for "Wishing on the Same Star," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeYVDemjCCE

The Afternoon Delights

The Afternoon Delights were a vocal studio quartet from Boston, Masschusetts that consisted of members Rebecca Hall, Janet Powell, Robalee Barnes and Suzanne Boucher.
In 1981, the quartet released a parody single of the popular, well-known ABC soap opera "General Hospital" called "General Hospi-Tale."

In the summer of that same year, the song became a hit for the quartet, peaking at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

During that same year, the Afternoon Delights released their debut album "General Hospi-Tale" to little success. After that, it seemed as if they've faded into obscurity.

On April 28, 2013, the song was revisited by General Hospital in an episode as part of the series' 50th anniversary.

To see a fan-made video for "General Hospi-Tale," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD7XkD5scTI


[updated on 03\01\13]

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Trey Lorenz

Trey Lorenz (born Lloyd Lorenz Smith on January 19, 1969 in Florence, South Carolina) is a male R&B singer who started his career supporting Mariah Carey on her 1990 promotional tour and later providing background vocals for her sophomore album, "Emotions."

Trey met Mariah in February of 1990 while he was majoring in advertising during his junior year at Farleigh Dickinson University. He played in a Top 40 band called the Players and was in a short-lived group called Squeak and the Deep.
Notably in 1992, Trey was Mariah's backing singer on her appearance on "MTV Unplugged" where he and Mariah sang a cover version of the Jackson 5's hit song, "I'll Be There." Mariah's "MTV Unplugged" EP was released that year and the song was released as a single which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently after that, Trey was signed a record deal with Epic Records.
During that same year, Trey released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200, #32 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
Trey's first single from the album "Someone to Hold" peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart & Top 40 Mainstream chart and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, becoming Trey's biggest solo hit on the Hot 100 to date.

The song was co-written & produced by Mariah, who also provided backup vocals on the track as well.
The second single "Photograph of Mary" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The last single from the album "Just to be Close to You" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

After that, Trey was dropped from his record label. A year later in 1994, he recorded the duet, "She Deserves It" with Polish singer, Basia which was featured on her certified-Gold US album, "The Sweetest Illusion."

After that, Trey went back to being a background vocalist for artists such as Usher, TLC and late Tejano singer, Selena.

In 1997, he began to support Mariah Carey on her albums and concert tours again, and during that same year, he recorded a song called "Make You Happy" that was featured on the "Men in Black" movie soundtrack which was co-written by Mariah and songwriter\record producer, Cory Rooney.

In 2003, Trey was featured in Mariah's "Charmbracelet" tour and was signed to her second short-lived record label, MonarC Entertainment and So So Def Records, but never released any music under the label.
In September of 2006, Trey released his sophomore album "Mr. Mista" on the X-Ray Records label during the time he was featured in Mariah's "The Adventures of Mimi" concert tour singing three songs and doing background vocals.

These days, Trey is still in the music biz and working on a new album which is yet to be released.


To see the music video for "Someone to Hold," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTsbNGYuiU8

To see a fan-made for "Photograph of Mary," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIHak6f-Yzs

To see a fan-made video for "Just to Be Close to You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWKc5Gb_V8o

To see a video of Trey performing the song "My Everything" (from Trey's album, "Mr. Mista"), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkaWsHUF_rU


As a bonus, here's the video of Trey Lorenz and Mariah Carey singing, "I'll Be There" on "MTV Unplugged":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIt3dx4an9c


[updated on 04\14\2016]

Rare and Obscure Music on Facebook

I've recently started a Facebook page for the "Rare and Obscure" music blog. Keep in mind it's a work in progress, but I promise to have more stuff on the Facebook page for you to see.
To see the Facebook page, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rare-and-Obscure-Music/133581693333210?v=wall

Sincerely,
The Music-Know-It-All

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jermaine Stewart

Jermaine Stewart (born William Jermaine Stewart on September 7, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio) was a male pop singer who became known as a "one-hit wonder" back in the 80's.

In 1972, Jermaine moved to Chicago and later gained recognition as a dancer on "Soul Train." He became a backing vocalist and dancer for Shalamar. He also did background vocals for Millie Jackson, Tavares, and the Temptations.

In 1983, he was featured on Culture Club's "Colour by Numbers" album and Culture Club helped him get a record deal with Arista Records.
In 1984, Jermaine released his debut album, "The Word is Out" which peaked at #90 on the Billboard 200 and #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song became Jermaine's first hit, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #7 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
In 1986, Jermaine released his sophomore album, "Frantic Romantic" which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Jermaine's biggest and only hit song, "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #41 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. It also peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "Jody" (written about Shalamar's Jody Watley) peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song also peaked at #50 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The last single from the album "Don't Ever Leave Me" peaked at #76 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1988, Jermaine released his third album, "Say it Again" which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200 and #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Jermaine scored his last Top 40 hit with the title song, which peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Get Lucky" didn't chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The song was moderately successful in the UK, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles chart.

The third single, "Don't Talk Dirty To Me" peaked at #61 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
The last single from the album "Is It Really Love?" failed to make the charts in either the United States or the United Kingdom.
In 1989, Jermaine released his fourth and last album for Arista Records, "What Becomes a Legend Most" which failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The first single, "Tren De Amour" peaked at #97 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1989 film "She-Devil."
The last single, "Every Woman Wants To" peaked at #95 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for only a week. During that same year, Jermaine sang the song, "Hot and Cold" which was featured in the closing credits of the movie, "Weekend at Bernie's."

In 1992, Jermaine teamed up with Chicago music producer, Jesse Saunders for his last album, "Set Me Free" on Reprise Records. Due to the flop of the title track released as a single, the album was shelved, but there are some copies of it existing on cassette.

On March 17, 1997, Jermaine passed away of AIDS-related liver cancer at only 39 years old in the Chicago suburb of Homewood, Illinois. In 2005, his brother released a compliation album on his own record label in Ohio.

To see the music video for "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk43HowkOw4

To see the music video for "The Word is Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WkU3bAdo60

To see the music video for "Jody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH7F3ge3q7Y

To see the music video for "Say it Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dYjolgq0gM

To see the music video for "Get Lucky," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1LfOftR8dE


[updated on 05\07\12]