Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Movies

The Movies were a New York hip-hop/R&B band from the 80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Blue Chip City Records.
In 1985, the band released their debut single "Future Girl." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.
A year later, they released the single "Juke Box" which peaked at #88 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1987, the Movies released their late single to date "She Gave Me That Itch/The Love in You" on the Macola Record Co. label.

After that, it seems as if the Movies have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Juke Box," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w3DIlbegrA

To see a fan-made video for "Future Girl," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulXlSgvvKjo

To see a fan-made video for "She Gave Me That Itch," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj3_ZMAxUwc

New Situation


New Situation was a New York R&B studio band from the late 80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to V&M Records.

In 1989, they released their only single "Going To a Go Go" which managed to peak at #92 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if New Situation has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

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[Updated on 01\05\2016]

Dekko

Dekko was a male freestyle/dance singer from the 90s. Not much information is given about this singer, but he was signed to Jack Pot Records.

In 1993, he released his only album "I Will Always Love You" which was released on the Hot Productions record label.
During that same year, he released a cover version of Whitney Houston's then-hit song "I Will Always Love You." It's unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.
The follow-up single "I Want You" was released, but it failed to make any impact on the music charts at all.

Two more singles from the album "Words" and "Without You" were released, but like the previous two singles, they didn't appear to make the Billboard or any other music charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for "I Will Always Love You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MU2tkt_41E

To see a fan-made video for "I Want You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEdnd8I66bc

Saturday, July 20, 2013

La La's Debut Album at Funky Town Grooves

Hey, music fans! If you're looking for La La's debut album to add to your music collection, pre-order it at:
http://www.funkytowngrooves.com/PRE-ORDER-CDs/58/-La-La-La-La_Expanded-Edition/3473


The album will be available for release at Funky Town Grooves on September 30th.


Sincerely,
The Music-Know-It-All

Rafiki

Rafiki was a male R&B singer from the early 90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Damon Records.

In 1991, he released the single "Would You Be My Girl/I Walk the Line." It's unknown how or if the single charted at all.

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

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René Hayes

René Hayes was a female R&B singer from the late 80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Damon Records.
In 1988, René released her only album "You Are the Answer" which didn't appear to make any impact on the charts.
The only singles released were "I Really Miss You" and "Ain't It Funny," but like the album, they didn't appear to make the charts.

After that it seems as if René has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the '80s.

To see a fan-made video for "Ain't It Funny," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCI1ifBsTGo

To see a fan-made video for "Heavenly Love" (from her only album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgGScatF6ks

To see a fan-made video for "I Won't Be Satisfied" (from her only album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc8artWhq1U

To see a fan-made video for "Since I Found You" (from her only album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj8WXrJlWWg

Liquid Heat

Liquid Heat was a female R&B/dancemusic duo from the 80s. Not much information is given about them, but one of the member's name is Linda K. Holland.
In 1986, they released their only self-titled album. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The only single released from the album was "Dr. Please" which also failed to make any impact on the charts.
Liquid Heat's last musical release was the single "Nice Girls" in 1989. It's unknown how or if the single charted.

After that, it seems as if Liquid Heat has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

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Day Ta Day

Day Ta Day were an R&B group from Washington, D.C. that consisted of Lynn Taylor (the nephew of R&B singer Johnnie Taylor), Wendall Wylie, Earnest Hairston, Reginald McFadden and Lawrence Flack.

In 1996, they released their only album "Take Your Time" on MCA Records. It's unknown how or it made the charts.
Their first single "Smile" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks
The follow-up single "U Represent" didn't appear to make the charts. After that, it seems as if Day Ta Day has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Smile," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5qb0PBb1QM

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Arlene Bailey

Arlene Bailey was a female R&B singer from the early '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Agb Records.

In 1990, Arlene released her only album "I've Got My Game Plan Working Baby." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.

The title song was released as a single, but didn't make the charts. After that, it seems as if Arlene faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for "I've Got My Game Plan Working Baby," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lglWTVXaeFo

Tony Chambers

Tony Chambers was an R&B singer from the 80s. Not much information is given about him, but he released an album & two singles before fading into obscurity.
In 1978, Tony released his first single "I Want To Be Your Man / Stay Calm, Be Cool And Think Collectively" on Mopres Records. It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.

In 1981, Tony released his only album "Can't Let This Moment Go" also on Mopres Records. Once again, it's unknown how or if it appeared to make much impact on the charts.

A year later, Tony released his second single "Football Hero" on Birdie Records. The single failed to make any impact on the charts.

Another version of the song "Football Hero For Your Love" was released as well. After that, it seems as if Tony has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for "Football Hero For Your Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT68SCn9e68

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Wait Too Long" (from his one & only album), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qDXG7p6jXI

Bridget Cooper

Bridget Cooper was a female R&B/dance singer from the 80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Birdie Records.

In 1983, she released the single "(Get Into) The Love Groove." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.

These days, it seems as if Bridget has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for "(Get Into) The Love Groove," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3iPuqOlhEs

Stephanie Reach

Stephanie Reach was a female pop singer from the 80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to MCA Records.

She provided backing vocals on albums by artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and Angela Bofill.
In 1985, Stephanie released her self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all or if any singles were released from it.

Stephanie's last musical appearance to date was on the soundtrack to the 1989 film "Hero and the Terror."

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

To see a fan-made video for "Hold Me Tight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpdGGeu6BYY

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4-Play

4-Play was a hip-hop/rap duo from the 80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Westrock Records.

In 1984, the duo released the single "Olympic Rap" during the time of the 1984 Summer Olympics. It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.

After that, it seemed as if 4-Play faded into obscurity. Their whereabouts are unknown.

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

KoKo-PoP

KoKo-PoP was an R&B band from Columbus, Ohio that consisted of guitarist Kevin Alexander, saxophonist Chris Powell, keyboardist Eric O'Neal and bassist Recco Philmore.

Eric, Recco and Keith were featured on Teena Marie's 1983 album "Robbery." Chris has appeared on albums by various artists such as Willie Hutch, Clifford Brown, Nytro, Masterpiece, Rose Royce, Stargard, Teen Dream and the Temptations.
In 1984, they released their self-titled debut album on Motown Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
Their first single "Baby Sister" peaked at #51 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.
The follow-up single "I'm In Love With You" peaked at #76 on the U.K. Singles chart and #62 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1985, KoKo-PoP released their follow-up album "Secrets of Lonely Boys." Like their first album, the album didn't make the charts.
The only single to chart was "Brand New Beat" which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if KoKo-PoP faded into obscurity. These days, Recco Philmore is a member of the band Network 7. As for the other members, it is unknown what they are up to today.

To see a fan-made video for "I'm in Love With You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYX9FD6rZK0

To see a fan-made video for "Brand New Beat," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZx1Anw1GxU

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tre-O

Tre-O was a female pop/R&B trio from the late 90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Epic Records.
In 1999, they released the single "Seventeen" which was featured on the soundtrack to the film "Music Of the Heart" which starred Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn & Angela Bassett.

It's unknown how or if the single was successful, but after that, it seemed as is Tre-O faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Seventeen," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89P-poXpn70

[Updated on 01\05\2016]

Gene Van Buren

Gene Van Buren was an R&B singer from the 80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Tamla Records.
In 1982, he released his only album "What's Your Pleasure" which didn't appear to make the charts at all nor did the title song which was released as a single.

After the release of Gene's debut album, there were plans for a follow-up album entitled "Love Never Dies," but unfortunately, those plans never materialized.

He later went on to provide vocals for artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Gregory Hines, Ava Cherry, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, Lisa Fischer and Donna Summer.

These days, it's unknown what Gene is up to and it seems as if he has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "What's Your Pleasure," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajs4a5bud70

Jimmy Salvemini

Jimmy Salvemini (born in Long Island, New York) is a R&B singer from the 80s who began performing when he was 8 years old.

In 1985, he became the "Junior Male Vocalist" champion on the popular talent television series "Star Search."

After seeing Jimmy perform on "Star Search," late R&B singer Luther Vandross took an interest in him and began writing & producing his debut album.

On January 26, 1986, one day after completing work on Jimmy's soon-to-be debut album, Jimmy and his older brother Larry (who was also his manager) were passengers in Luther's car when Luther swerved it out of control & collided into two oncoming cars.

While Jimmy and Luther recovered from their injuries, sadly Larry was unable to recover & succumbed from his injuries. Luther later faced a civil suit from the Salvemini family, but it was eventually settled out of court.

Later, Jimmy returned to his hometown and in the summer of that same year, Elektra Records quietly released his debut album "Roll It," but they decided not to pursue marketing on the album due to the circumstances that occurred.
After that, it appeared as if Jimmy faded into obscurity, but in 2008, he independently released his sophomore album "Self Expression."

These days, it appears that Jimmy still continues to sing & perform.

To see a fan-made video for "Roll It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l2xzYGlLsE

To see a fan-made video for "Anyone Can See," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL_ZUMPbMeQ

To see a fan-made video for "Whether Or Not the World Gets Better" with singer Phoebe Snow, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNfONqtZ18k

To see a video of Jimmy performing a cover version of Kenny Rogers' song "Lady" on "Star Search," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clnWz6uHKjA