Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Guys on the Block

New Guys on the Block (not to be confused with New Kids on the Block) were a male R&B vocal group from New Jersey that were signed to Sugar Hill Records.

In 1984, they released their debut album, "The New Guys on the Block" which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
Their first single, "On the Dance Floor" peaked at #63 on Billboard's Black Singles chart in June of 1983, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

Their follow-up singles "What I Wouldn't Give" and "Ahh Dance" failed to chart and after that, it seems as if the New Guys on the Block have faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "On the Dance Floor," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mG8lfEQ9x8

To see a fan-made video for "What I Wouldn't Give," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7TgRlbi3cc

To see a fan-made video for "Ahh Dance," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAzdxElN91I

New Choice

New Choice were a female R&B\hip-hop group from Sacramento, California that consisted of members Angelique Williams, Baby D, Pinky Harris, Viqui Lazar, and Shavel Farris.
In 1986, the group released their debut single, "Love is So Confusing" on King IV Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted.
In 1987, New Choice released their second single, "Cold Stupid" on RCA Records which peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in September of 1987, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. The song was featured in the movie, "Penitentiary III."
A year later, they released their debut album, "At Last" on Warner Bros. Records which didn't appear to chart at all.
The first single from the album, "Funny Feeling" peaked at #83 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in December of 1988, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The follow-up singles, the title song and "People Want Bass" failed to make the charts and after that, it seems as if the group has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Cold Stupid," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-VLZQ4X1yA

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

To see a fan-made video for "People Want Bass," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyfxcD4pL-8

To see a fan-made video for "At Last," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2h5fr3Of2Y

Queen Mother Rage

Queen Mother Rage was a female hip-hop rapper from the 90's. She was a former member of the Blackwatch Committee, which consisted of activists, writers, & musicians led by X-Clan frontman, Professor X.

After contributing to several of Professor X's related albums in a small capacity, Queen Mother Rage released her only solo album, "Vanglorious Law" in 1991 on Cardiac Records. The album failed to make the charts at all.

Queen Mother Rage released three singles from the album: "Slipping into Darkness," "Mental Erection," and "Key Testimony" which also failed to make the charts at all either.

She planned to record a follow-up album in 1992, but when Cardiac Records folded, Queen Mother Rage abandoned the project and left the music business, fading into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Slipping into Darkness," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T85S90nrIH8

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

Marla Mar & The Good 'N' Plenty Cru

Marla Mar & The Good 'N' Plenty Cru (from Los Angeles, California) were a female hip-hop group from the 90's. The group consisted of Marla, Tina Bright (who was "Good") and Medina (who was "Plenty.")

In 1992, they released their only album, "Woman Ta Woman" on Cardiac Records which failed to make the charts at all. There doesn't appear to be any singles released from the album and after that, it seemed as if Marla Mar & The Good 'N' Plenty Cru have faded into obscurity.

Today, Marla is married with 5 children & resides in Atlanta, Tina resides in Los Angeles, and Medina resides in Saudi Arabia where she teaches English.


To see a fan-made video for "Here We Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z1PcQZOM7U

Nikki Kixx

Nikki Kixx (born Nicole Franklin in Inglewood, California) was a female hip-hop rapper from the 90's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Scotti Bros. Records.

In 1992, she was featured on Marla Mar & The Good 'N' Plenty Cru's album, "Woman Ta Woman" on the title song.

In 1994, Nikki released her only single, "What U Do 2 Me" which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in July of 1994, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
After that, it seemed as if Nikki Kixx faded into obscurity, but she now goes under the name Nicole "Faithful" Franklin. In 2009, she released her first gospel album, "Taking it Back."

To see the music video for "What U Do 2 Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H9T_gR2zzc

Will King

Will King (born in Los Angeles, California) was a male R&B singer from the 80's. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Next Experience Records.
In 1985, Will released his only album, "Backed Up Against the Wall" which didn't chart nor did the title song.
Will's only chart appearance was the follow-up single, "I'm Sorry" which peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1985, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Will King has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since, but his album is available on iTunes.

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Sorry," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyOapp0Jxcs

To see a fan-made video for "Backed Up Against the Wall," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJhlob2LUSQ

Troy Johnson



Troy Johnson (born Troy Kent Johnson in California) is a male R&B\gospel singer who got his first break when he appeared on the "Blame it on Rio" movie soundtrack in 1984 with the song, "I Must Be Doing Something Right" and later signed to Motown Records.

In 1986, Troy released his debut album, "Getting a Grip on Love" which didn't appear to chart at all. It would be his only release on Motown.
Troy scored his first charting hit with "It's You," which peaked at #65 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in April of 1986, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1989, Troy released his sophomore album, "The Way it Is" on RCA Records which peaked at #87 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in June of 1989, staying on the chart for 15 weeks, becoming his biggest hit to date.
The follow-up single, "Virgin Girl" peaked at #81 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1990, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

After a religious conversion, Troy moved from R&B to gospel music and put his music career on hold in the late 90's to focus on spiritual matters. Troy released two more albums "Plain and Simple" (in 1993) and "I Will" (in 1998).
In 2005, Troy returned to the music scene with his own record label, Sought After Entertainment and released his fifth self-titled album. The album featured a new version of "It's You" which peaked at #40 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

To see a fan-made video for "It's You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flNmEJhT6Kg

To see the music video for "The Way it Is," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPfZFbuYtvE

To see a fan-made video for "Virgin Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HskddmbqQt4

To see a fan-made video for "I Must Be Doing Something Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEqdxIJEf90

Jiggie Gee

Jiggie Gee (born Regenia Anderson in Brooklyn, New York) is a female hip-hop rapper from the early 90's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Luke Records.
In 1991, she released her debut album, "Let the Rhythm Ride" which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
Jiggie Gee released her only solo single, "I Need a Good Man" which peaked at #42 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in July of 1991, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

She was featured on Luke featuring 2 Live Crew's 1993 single, "Christmas at Luke's Sex Shop" along with Poison Clan & Home Team. After that, it seems as if Jiggie Gee has faded into obscurity.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Terri Dancer

Terri Dancer (born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was a female R&B\dance singer & model from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Reflections on Records label.

In 1986, she released the single, "Learn From the Burn" which managed to peak at #71 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1986, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Can't Stand the Pressure" failed to chart and after that, it seemed as if Terri Dancer has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Learn From the Burn," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHsZzv5mhrM

[Updated on 01\04\2016]

Casserine

Casserine (born Casserine Young on January 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York) was a female R&B singer from the 90's.

She started singing when she was 3 years old, graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in New York and even rejected an opera scholarship from Howard University to become a funk\R&B singer.
In 1994, Casserine released her debut album, "Gotta Get to Know Me" on Warner Bros. Records which didn't appear to chart at all. Casserine worked with Cato and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins on her album.
The first single from the album, "Why Not Take All of Me" (featuring Cato) peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

The follow-up single, "We Gotta Run" (featuring rap group Da Bush Babees) peaked at #75 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

Casserine's debut album received mediocre reception because critics seemed to be unmoved by the musical content, but however, much of the lack of interest was attributed to Casserine's lack of development.

Despite that, the album impressed R&B singer Patti LaBelle enough to invite Casserine to duet with her at a performance at the Apollo Theatre.

She was featured on the 1995 single, "Freedom" from the "Panther" movie soundtrack along with other female R&B artists such as Jade, Aaliyah, and Brownstone.

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

To see the music video for "Why Not Take All of Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFje4hbsjs

To see the music video for "We Gotta Run," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sWsbQgZwI0

Charisse Arrington

Charisse Arrington (born in Chicago, Illinois) was a female R&B singer from the 90's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to MCA Records.

In 1995, Charisse was featured on the "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar" movie soundtrack with the song, "Do What You Wanna Do."
In 1996, Charisse released her first single, "Down With This" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #77 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1996, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Ain't No Way" peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in April of 1997, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Down With This," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mdXOmb8Tqs

To see a fan-made video for "Do What You Wanna Do," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mprkqvkblYo

Friday, June 8, 2012

When in Rome

When in Rome are an English New Wave\pop\dance music trio from Manchester, England. The original line-up consisted of singers Clive Farrington & Andrew Mann along with keyboardist Michael Floreale.

Michael and original member Andy O'Connell were recruited by Clive to replace the departed members of his Manchester-based music group, Beau Leisure.

Andrew and Clive began to write songs together & later they both saw Andrew and had him join their performances. Later on, Andy left the group and the remaining members of the group recorded some demos (sometimes with Andrew's friend, Corrine Drewery, who is a member of Swing Out Sister) while looking for a record deal.

When in Rome were signed by Virgin UK Records subsidiary, 10 Records. Music producers Ben Rogan (who worked with Sade) and Richard James Burgess took interest in their song, "The Promise" which was first issued as a 12 inch dance disk.

When the song became popular, topping Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, their record label ordered an album.

In 1988, When in Rome released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #84 on the Billboard 200 chart, but didn't chart in the UK.
A remixed version of "The Promise" was the first single released from the album. The song became a pop hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #45 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In the UK, the song peaked at #58 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks in 1989.
When in Rome's follow-up single, "Heaven Knows" peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

After that, the trio disbanded in 1990 due to musical differences.

Michael Floreale moved to the United States and lives in Dallas, Texas where he composes music for television & film. In 2006, Michael reformed When in Rome with singer\songwriter John Ceravolo.

Today, When in Rome (now the Wir) has toured the US and South America with other various 80's group. They have completed work on a new album which is planned to be released this year with a tour to follow.

Clive Farrington & Andrew Mann reformed in 2009 under the name "When in Rome UK," but Michael has trademarked the name "When in Rome" which was unsuccessfully challenged by Clive & Andrew.

Clive & Andrew are billed as "Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann formerly of When in Rome" for their US gigs in order to comply with the legal trademark claim.

To see When in Rome (The Wir)'s official website, go to:
http://wheninromemusic.net/

To see When in Rome (The Wir)'s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/wheninromemusic

To see the music video for "The Promise," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HI_xFQWiYU

To see the music video for "Heaven Knows," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP8aN4Qk3Sw

Ella Brooks

Ella Brooks (born in Chicago, Illinois) was a female R&B singer from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the QMI Music record label.

In 1987, she released the single, "It's Easy When You're on Fire" which peaked at #89 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1987, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.

The song was featured in the Marvin Hagler\Sugar Ray Leonard "Superfight" boxing video. After that, it appears as if Ella Brooks has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from Ella since.

To see the music video for "It's Easy When You're On Fire," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1MugcmZNo

[Updated on 12\30\2015]

Boys on the Block

Boys on the Block were an R&B vocal trio that consisted of members Nathaniel Drinkard, Tommy Moore, and Rick Alexander. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Fantasy Records.
In 1987, the trio released their only album, "Blockbusters" which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
Their only single, a cover version of the Beatles' song, "Let it Be" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in August of 1987, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if the Boys on the Block faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

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