Friday, December 31, 2010

Tam Tam (Last Entry for 2010)

Tam Tam (born Tammy Hairston in Boston, Massachusetts) was a female rapper from the '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Island Records.
In 1991, Tam Tam released her debut album, "Do It Tam Tam" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The title song managed to peak at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Tam Tam had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see the music video for "Do it Tam Tam," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7eTLEoofcI


[updated on 05/28/13]

The College Boyz

The College Boyz were a hip-hop/rap group from the 90s whose members consisted of R.O.M. (born Romany Romanic Malco, Jr on November 18, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York), Squeak, B. Selector and DJ Cue.

They originally called themselves RGM before changing it to the College Boyz.
In 1992, they released their debut album "Radio Fusion Radio" which peaked at #118 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #25 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Victim of the Ghetto" peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The second single "Hollywood Paradox" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

The last single from the album "Humpin'" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1994, the College Boyz released their sophomore album "Nuttin' Less, Nuttin' Mo" which peaked at #80 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "Rollin'" which managed to peak at #49 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. After that, the group disbanded.

These days, Romany Malco now works as an actor. As for the other members, it is unknown what they are up to today.

To see the music video for "Victim of the Ghetto," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxcz3Y7tW1A

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

To see the music video for "Humpin'," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBCf3c5imbs

To see the music video for "Rollin'," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5pVfIvOdBs


[updated on 06/19/13]

Jibri Wise One

Jibri Wise One was a male hip-hop rapper from the early 90's. He only released one album and then soon faded into obscurity.
In 1990, Jibri Wise One released his self-titled debut album on Ear Candy Records. The album peaked at #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Jibri Wise One's biggest hit to date, "The House the Dog Built" topped Billboard's Rap Singles chart. It's unknown if the single made it to the Billboard Hot 100.
Jibri Wise One released his second single, "I'll Be There For You," but it's unknown how or if the single charted. After that, it seemed as if Jibri Wise One has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "The House the Dog Built," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAMyx_U8lQo

To see the music video for "I'll Be There For You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRoG3kwa4zY

Traci Vaughn

Traci Vaughn was a freestyle\dance singer from the late 80s. Not much information is given about Traci, but she co-wrote her one and only single.

In 1989, Traci released the single "Days Gone By" on the Metropolitan Recording Corporation record label. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted.

After that, it seemed as if Traci had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Heather Mullen

Heather Mullen was a female pop-folk singer from the early 90's. Not much information is given about her, but she released one album on the EastWest Records label and then she just faded into obscurity.
In 1991, Heather released her self-titled debut album. The album contained pop-folk music and her voice was reminicent of singer Joni Mitchell.

After that, it seemed as if Heather faded away from the music scene. It's unknown what she's up to today.

To see a fan-made video for "Night By Night" (from her one & only album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TecDD4KOww


[updated on 07/31/13]

Angela Deluca


Angela Deluca was a female freestyle/dance singer from the '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Harmon Street Records.

In 1992, Angela released her only single "This Time Don't Turn Away." It's unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Angela has has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To a fan-made video for "This Time Don't Turn Away," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAiAxX4xg7M


[updated on 07/31/13]

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Geri Logan

Geri Logan (born Geraldine Juanita Gonzalez from South Central Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B/pop singer from the '80s.

During the 70s, she performed in a few bands and in the early 80s, she met music producer Hadley Morell who was able to get he a recording contract with MCA Records.
In 1982, Geri released her one and only album entitled "Come and Get It." The album didn't appear to chart on the Billboard charts at all.

The album consisted mostly of R&B songs and according to Geri, the label thought she was a good R&B singer, but she didn't sound "black enough" nor "white enough." (Go figure.) After that, she left MCA Records

During the late '90s, Geri had several music releases on the independent record label, Our Town Records. During that time, she had changed the spelling of her first name to "Geree." In 1995, she released the album "Reflections of Love."
In 1997, Geree released her self-titled 4-song EP on R-Town Records. It's unknown how or if the EP was successful.
In 1999, she released her second album, "Through These Eyes." Later on, Geree focused on Christian music and singing in church.

In the early 2000s, Geree was in a band called Smooth and later in a band called Geree and the Groove. These days, it appears that she is still active as a singer.

To see a fan-made video for "Come and Get It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_a60WIFWOY

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Make Me Wait So Long" (from her debut album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSd32RI3KAg

To see a fan-made video for "I Can't Stop the Rain" (from her debut album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc1QId1T4D8


[updated on 07/31/13]

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Jamaica Girls

The Jamaica Girls were a dance\R&B music trio from the mid-80's. Not much information is given about them, but they released three singles. In 1982, they released the single, "Rock the Beat" on Becket Records.
A year later, they released the single, "Need Somebody New" on Sleeping Bag Records. In 1986, the trio released their last single to date, "On the Move."

After that, the Jamaica Girls have seemingly faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Need Somebody New," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znnc1TnV-P4

To see a fan-made video for "Rock the Beat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdwRXJfXLk4

Spanish Prince

Spanish Prince was a hip-hop rapper from the late 80s.. Not a lot of information on this music act, but they were signed to 4th & Broadway Records.

In 1987, Spanish Prince released the single "Dance Everybody Dance," but it didn't appear to go anywhere on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Spanish Prince had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for "Dance Everybody Dance," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5hZrA9Pitk


[updated on 07/31/13]

Janice

Janice (born Janice Bonner in Oxford, Massachusetts) was a female R&B/dance singer from the late 80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to 4th & Broadway Records.

In 1986, Janice released the single "Bye Bye" which peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single "Wanna Be With You" didn't make the Billboard charts and after that, it seemed as if Janice had faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Bye Bye," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K10tFMAMMA


[updated on 06/21/13]

Rockers Revenge

Rockers Revenge were a dance music act from the '80s that was put together by music producer Arthur Baker and the members consisted of Donnie Calvin, Dwight Hawkes and Tina B (who is also mentioned on the blog & Arthur's wife).
In 1982, they released their first single "Sunshine Partytime" which didn't make the Billboard charts at all.

During that same year, Rockers Revenge released a cover version of reggae singer Eddy Grant's 1979 song "Walkin' on Sunshine" which topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in September of that same year. The song also peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and #63 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The third single "The Harder They Come" peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The fourth single "There Goes My Heart" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.
 
 
Rockers Revenge's last single "Living For the Weekend" (which featured vocals from singer Adrienne Johnson) didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all. They were also featured on the "Beat Street" movie soundtrack with the song "Battle Cry."

In 1988, Rockers Revenge's song, "Love is On Our Side" appeared on a house music compliation album called "Rough House, Vol 1." Tina B went on to have a moderately successful solo career.

Dwight Hawkes and Donnie Calvin wrote & provided vocals on various dance music singles, but they have since faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Walkin' on Sunshine," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkU4mEDSWl8

To see a fan-made video for "The Harder They Come," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8HobIuoS_Y

To see a fan-made video for "There Goes My Heart," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSTfDt5PvwA

To see a fan-made video for "Sunshine Partytime," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2prIy-YOonM

To see a fan-made video for "Livin' For the Weekend," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUiqTNkWsmM


[updated on 06/13/13]

Saturday, December 11, 2010

West Street Mob

West Street Mob were an R&B\rap from the 80s that consisted of members Bill McGee, Joey Robinson Jr, and Sabrina Gillison. They were signed to Sugar Hill Records.

Prior to West Street Mob, Bill McGhee was in a band called Hellaphenalia and did various music projects. Joey Robinson Jr. is the son of Sugar Hill Records founder and musician Sylvia Robinson.
In 1981, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #56 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Let's Dance (Make Your Move)" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #18 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The song became the trio's highest appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.
The follow-up single, "Gotta Give It Up" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the charts for 5 weeks.
West Side Mob released the single "Sing a Simple Song" which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1983, West Street Mob released their second album "Break Dance: Electric Boogie" which was first released in France & Germany, but was later released in the United States, Australia, & New Zealand a year later.        
The first single released from the album "Ooh Baby" peaked at #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The title song was released as the second single from the album which managed to peak at #52 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, stayin on the charts for 11 weeks and #64 on the U.K. Singles chart.


West Street Mob released three more singles: "I Can't Stop," "Rock the Party" and "Mosquito" before fading into obscurity.

Sabrina Gillson provided vocals for musician Duke Bootee's 1984 "Bust Me Out" album and was featured on David Grant's 1985 album "Hopes and Dreams" on the duet "Take My Heart."

Her last music appearance to date was doing background vocals on Seven Windows' song "Shakey's Got the Blues" in 1986.
Bill McGhee continues to work on various music projects, but he is also a jazz musician and school adminstrator.

In 2006, he released a jazz album, "Chase the Sunset." Joey Robinson Jr. has written & produced music for artists, but it is unknown what he is up to today.

To see Bill McGhee's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/billmcgeemusic

To see a fan-video for "Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4eP4m08ZYE

To see a fan-made video for "Get Up and Dance" (from their debut album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjlqxL_kGDA

To see a fan-made video for "Break Dance (Electric Boogie)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlaYTbmv8I

To see a fan-made video for "Mosquito," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY-ug-CiQqE

To see a fan-made video for "Got to Give it Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VANBF2Hp1


[updated on 05\07\12]

cc: DIVA

cc: DIVA was a pop\dance music duo that consisted of singer Natalie Bonelli and instrumentalist & producer Nayan.

The duo's name stood for "Coat Check Diva" from when Natalie was a coat check girl before starting her music career.
In 1988, they released their debut and only album "Yowusupwidat?" on EMI-Manhattan Records. The didn't appear to make an impact on the Billboard charts.
The first single "I'll Always Follow You" was released, but it is unknown how or if the single made the charts.
The duo's single "Searchin' For" managed to peak at #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The follow-up singles "I'm Gonna Get To You" and a cover version of the Friends of Distinction's hit song, "Grazin' in the Grass" were released, but they failed to make any impact on the charts.
After, that it seemed as if cc: DIVA faded into obscurity. Natalie contributed the song "Letting Go" to the television soundtrack to "Dawson's Creek."

In 2004, Natalie began recording an album with musician Sir David Minehan and she formed a makeup company called Personatalie with her friend, Nancy.

As for Nayan, he did writing and production work on a few singles during the late 80's\early 90's, but nothing has been heard from him since 1994.

To see the music video for "I'll Always Follow You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ix6jxUKcI

To see a fan-made video for "Searchin' For," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKijBMgi7Bk

To see a fan-made video for "Grazing in the Grass," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZgxg8iFWlQ


[updated on 07/31/13]