Sunday, November 4, 2012

Yarbrough & Peoples

Yarbrough (born Calvin Yarbrough) & Peoples (born Alisa Peoples) were an R&B duo from Dallas, Texas.

Calvin and Alisa met when they were children. They both took lessons from the same music teacher and attended the same neighborhood church where they both sang solos in the church choir.

After their college years, Alisa worked a regular job while Calvin played keyboards & sang in a band called Grand Theft. Musicians Robert, Ronnie, and Charlie Wilson (who would later be known as the Gap Band) were in the audience for one of Grand Theft's shows and offered Calvin a job as a background vocalist on the Leon Russell tour they were a part of.

Once the tour ended, Calvin returned back to Dallas and played local gigs with Grand Theft. Around 1977, Alisa sang a song with the band during one of their club dates.

In 1977, the Wilson brothers joined Total Experience Records as the Gap Band & went to Dallas to perform a concert.

Later that evening as they were winding down after the show, they caught Calvin and Alisa performing and as a result, Total Experience Records owner, Lonnie Simmons invited them to Los Angeles where they began playing in clubs around Southern California. Two years later, the duo signed to Total Experience Records.
In 1980, Yarbrough & Peoples released their debut album, "The Two of Us" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Don't Stop the Music" became a hit, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1981 and topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for 5 weeks, staying on the chart for 27 weeks. The song has been sampled by artists such as Puff Daddy, Playa, Eve, and Keyshia Cole.
The follow-up single from the album, "Third Degree" peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1983, the trio released their sophomore album, "Heartbeats" which peaked at #25 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #61 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #10 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Feels So Good" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1984, Yarbrough & Peoples released their third album, "Be a Winner" which peaked at #6 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Don't Waste Your Time" peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1984 and topped Billboard's Black Singles chart for a week in May of 1984, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.

The title song peaked at #20 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 13 weeks.
In 1985, Yarbrough & Peoples released their last album to date, "Guilty" which peaked at #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, the title song peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The follow-up single, "I Wouldn't Lie" peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Wrapped Around Your Finger" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After that, Calvin and Alisa left Total Experience Records and got married the following year.

They returned to Dallas and started their own music production company called Yarbrough & Peoples Productions and they continue to write & produce music, perform concerts and mentor other gifted newcomers.

Most recently in 2009, they appeared in the off-Broadway musical, "Blind Lemon Blues" at the York Theatre in New York where Calvin portrayed the role of Lead Belly.

To see the music video for "Don't Stop the Music," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XZ7gi1VRwU

To see the music video for "Guilty," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-cv60cIZx0

To see the music video for "Don't Waste Your Time," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQPMCxI4Ozs

To see a fan-made video for "Heartbeats," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ADyn7EtOPU

To see a fan-made video for "I Wouldn't Lie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3s4CuRRR-s

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