Friday, September 27, 2013

E Gee


E Gee was a female dance singer from the mid-'90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Life Records.
In 1996, she released her only self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Her only single "Butterfly Me" didn't chart, but the music video received some airplay on BET according to research.

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 "Up and Down" (from E Gee's only album),  go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DDlPaBslHM


[Updated on 04\19\2016]

Kat

Kat was a female hip-hop artist from the '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Life Records.

In 1993, Kat released her only single "Do You Wanna Go Party." It's unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Do You Wanna Go Party," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkfY8QLVkJs

Livin' Joy

Livin' Joy was a house dance music group from Italy that originally consisted of brothers Paolo & Gianni Visnadi (who were members of an Italian dance music project called Alex Party) and singer Janice Robinson.
In 1994, the group released their debut single "Dreamer." The song topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in November of that same year.

It also peaked at #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. It wasn't until a year later that the song topped the U.K. Singles chart.

In the United States, the song was a sleeper hit on pop radio, but finally managed to peak at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In mid-1996, "Dreamer" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #95.
During that same year, Livin' Joy released their only album "Don't Stop Movin'" which peaked at #41 on the U.K. Albums chart.

By that time, Janice left the group and was replaced by singer Tameka Starr (born Doris Diggs). The album grouped together the hits including "Dreamer" with new vocals by Tameka (but the original version with Janice Robinson was a hidden bonus track).
The title song peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart, #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The song was also moderately successful in Australia, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
The third single from the album "Follow the Rules" peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was also moderately successful in Australia, Finland and Sweden.
The fourth single "Where Can I Find Love" peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart. The last single from the album "Deep in You" peaked at #17 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1999, Livin' Joy's plans for a widescale commercial release of a single called "Just for the Sex of It" were scrapped due to lack of interest, but it managed to receive a limited club run, was popular in the nightclubs and released as a single in Australia where it peaked at #76 on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Livin' Joy faded into obscurity. In 2008, recordings from their follow-up album were leaked online which were "Love Yourself," "Lookin' Fine," "I Only Wanna Dance," "U R My Livin' Joy," "You Don't Love Me" and "Bump This."

It is unknown what the Visnadi brothers and Tameka Starr are up to today, but Janice Robinson continues to be active in the music business as a solo artist.

To see the music video for "Dreamer," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VuyQuRAsHI

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

To see the music video for "Follow the Rules," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6-HwoqVHCw

To see the music video for "Where Can I Find Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBjk4cb8tpU

To see a fan-made video for "Deep in You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qrdICbkbZ8

To see the music video for "Just For the Sex Of It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVEj1WQ5ftw

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sesh

Sesh (short for Strength Enforcing Serious Harm from the Bronx, New York) was a hip-hop/rap trio that consisted of Sigga, Lamp and Sgt. Ore.
In 1996, they released the single "Definition: Sesh" on their own record label Sesh Records. It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.

Despite that, the single gained the trio some recognition and they performed at venues such as the B-Boy Summit in San Diego, California, Hoodstock in Miami, Florida and the annual Rock Steady Anniversary in New York City. They even traveled to Europe to get fans overseas.

In 1998, Sesh released their only album "4535" on J-Bird Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Sesh has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from the trio since.

To see a fan-made video for "Definition: Sesh," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cx7Zqhbi8k

Frankie


Frankie (born George Franklin Jackson in 1978 in Washington, D.C.) was an R&B singer from the '90s.

Frankie met music producer Chucki Thompson when he was 14 years old through a mutual acquaintance which happened to be Notch Howell of music group Born Jamericans. He was signed to Chucki's Epic Records imprint label Chucklife.
In 1997, Frankie released his only album "My Heart Belongs To You" which peaked at #93 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "If I Had You" which peaked at #108 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. The song also featured rapper Jadakiss.


The follow-up singles "I Have Love" and "One Last Time" failed to chart at all and after that, it seems as if Frankie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see the music video for "If I Had You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr3DBPigh30

To see a fan-made video for "I Have Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAlNiMr_gag

To see a fan-made video for "One Last Time," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogkCiMVPpBs


[Updated on 04\19\2016]

Teri DeSario

Teri DeSario (born Teri Lynn DeSario on November 27, 1951 in Miami, Florida) is a former pop singer from the late '70s/early '80s.

Out of high school, Teri worked within various music genres. From 1970 to 1977, she sang & played recorder and harp with a medieval and Renaissance music group called the Early Music Consort.

She began her career as a folk music singer-songwriter. She later expanded her love of folk music with her passion for jazz.

After Teri married horn player/arranger/composer Bill Purse, they formed a pop-folk-jazz collaborative called Abacus.

One night, a long-haired man named Albhy Galuten walked into the club where Teri was performing. He claimed to be the producer of the Bee Gees and as it turned out, he actually was.

The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb heard Teri's demo of original music and was so inspired by her vocals, he wrote a song for Teri called "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You" & helped her get a recording contract.
In July of 1978, "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You" was released and managed to peak at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song also managed to peak at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart. Barry Gibb provided background vocals on the song while Teri's husband Bill played horns.
In October of 1978, Teri released her debut album "Pleasure Train" on Casablanca Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts.
The follow-up single from Teri's debut album "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of" managed to peak at #41 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Despite the moderate success of her first single, Teri didn't enjoy the recording experience and wanted to move in a new direction.

She later bumped into an old schoolmate of hers from her teenage years, K.C. and the Sunshine Band's Harry Wayne Casey (also known as K.C.)
In 1979, Teri released her sophomore album "Moonlight Madness" which peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 and #57 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album was a cover version of Barbara Mason's 1965 hit song "Yes I'm Ready" K.C. liked the original version of "Yes I'm Ready" and wanted to record a cover version of it.

At the time, he was producing Teri's second album and the president of Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart had an idea to record the song as a duet.

The song became Teri's only biggest hit to date, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The follow-up single, a cover version of "Dancin' in The Streets" managed to peak at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title song was released as a single, but didn't make the charts.
In 1980, Teri released her third album "Caught." The album didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart. The album reflected Teri's situation with her record company.
The title song and "All I Wanna Do" were released a singles, but failed to make any impact on the Billboard charts at all.

Teri recorded another album "Relationships," but after Casablanca Records changed directions, the album was shelved.
In 1982, Teri performed a duet with K.C. & The Sunshine Band on the single "Don't Run (Come Back To Me)." The song managed to chart at #103 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
In 1983, Teri released her fourth album (and first Contemporary Christian album) "A Call To Us All" on DaySpring Records. The album peaked at #32 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian albums chart.
In 1984, Teri released her fifth album "Overnight Success" (featuring Joey Carbone and Richie Zito which was released only in Japan. It's unknown how successful the album was in Japan.
In 1985, Teri released her sixth album "Voices in the Wind" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian chart.

In 1986, she received a Grammy nomination in the gospel music category for "Best Female Performance." During that same year, she requested to be released from her record label.

In 1989, Teri performed & recorded a version of "Lifeline" with The Maranatha! Singers on a a compliation album for Maranatha! Music.

 In 1993, she did production work on volume one of the "Laughing Medusa Theme Series." Teri also produced vocals on the 1996 album "Truth & Light: Music From The X-Files."
In 1999, Teri released a self-titled CD sampler that was released & exclusively recorded in the Philippines as a tie-up to promote Gloria Jeans Coffee.

These days, Teri resides in Miami & Germany where she sings with The Marschfellows. She also performs in various Christian music groups.

To see a fan-made video for "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZKXGfNfqbc

To see a video of Teri & K.C. performing "Yes I'm Ready," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbVA6vcas1o

To see a video of Teri performing "All I Wanna Do" on "Solid Gold," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=713VUL0dZ0Y

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Run (Come Back to Me)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o07bqAo_br8

To see a fan-made video for "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GYmIqGaTAI

To see the music video for "Overnight Success," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2faeeJxdCUg

Friday, September 13, 2013

Angela Garcia


Angela Garcia was a freestyle/dance singer from the '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she released two singles before fading into obscurity.

In 1992, she released her first single "Tell Me Why" on Explosive Records. It's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
A year later, she released her second single "Sounds of Heartbreak" on Viper Records. Like her first single, it's unknown how or if it made the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if Angela faded into obscurity, but it appears as if she is still performing these days.

To see a fan-made video for "Sounds of Heartbreak," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Tell Me Why," go to:




Reanna Coleman

Reanna Coleman was a female R&B singer from the '80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Konduko Records.

In 1984, Reanna released her only single "You're In My Pocket." It's unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for "You're In My Pocket," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4gDmhSsx0E

Tara Thomas

Tara Thomas (born in Houston, Texas) was a female R&B singer from the mid-'90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Blunt Recordings record label.

In 1997, Tara released her only single "When You're in Love" featuring rapper C.L. Smooth. The song managed to peak at #84 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Tara has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the '90s.

To see a fan-made video for "When You're in Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSw8PZdEcNc

Quinella

Quinella was an R&B/disco studio band from New York. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Becket Records.

In 1980, they released their only single "Your Place Or Mine" which peaked at #78 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Quinella faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard about them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Your Place Or Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kkstDsZ5dI

Karen Diggs

Karen Diggs was a female dance/R&B singer from the '80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Silver Cloud Records.

In 1983, Karen released her only single "Congratulations." It's unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Congratulations," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZnMcSOlB4

Young Bennie Valentino

Young Bennie Valentino was a male hip-hop rapper from the '80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Saturn Records.

In 1984, he released his only single "Get Tough (Only the Tough Survive)." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Get Tough (Only the Tough Survive)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwI5er8AWkE

Ceiliia

Ceiliia (from Manchester, England) was a female hip-hop rapper from the '80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Saturn Records.

In 1985, she released her only single "Nissan (Truckin')." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Ceiliia faded into obscurity. Her whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for "Nissan (Truckin')," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uwGLEfy6NE

2 Fly

2 Fly was a hip-hop duo from the late '80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Outpost Entertainment Company record label.

In 1989, they released their only single "Sex." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if 2 Fly flied away into obscurity. Their whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for "Sex," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAnivGODF8

Girls On the Block

Girls on the Block were a dance music act from the late '80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Criminal Records.

In 1988, Girls on the Block released the single "Little Bicho." The song was written by Nelson Cruz, Allan Speers, Deborah Monique Bergman and Marybelle Santiago. It's unknown how or if the single charted at all.

After that, it seems as if Girls on the Block faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the '80s.

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

[Updated on 01\05\2016]

By All Means

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By All Means was an R&B group from the late '80s/early '90s that consisted of lead vocalist James Varner (who also played the trumpet & trombone), vocalist Lynn Roderick (born Mikelyn Roderick) and guitarist Billy Sheppard.

Lynn worked as an actress in television shows such as "Moonlighting" and "Cagney & Lacey." Billy was part of a music group called Skool Boyz. In 1985, James and Lynn met while they toured with Bill Withers. Producer Stan Sheppard was in the audience and suggested that they form a band with his brother Billy.
In 1988, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #40 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #80 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single "I Surrender To Your Love" peaked at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart and #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The second single from the album "Somebody Save Me" peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't appear to make the charts in the United States.
The third single "I'm The One Who Loves You" managed to peak at #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album "You Decided To Go" peaked at #94 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1989, By All Means released their sophomore album "Beyond A Dream" which peaked at #160 on the Billboard 200 and #36 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "Let's Get It On" (a tribute to Marvin Gaye) peaked at #88 on the U.K. Singles chart, #29 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The follow-up single from the album "Do You Remember" peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1992, By All Means released their last album "It's Real" which peaked at #55 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "The Feeling I Get" which peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
After the release of their third and last album, By All Means disbanded. Lynn has worked as a background singer, jingle session singer, performed in the play "Crowns" and released a solo album "Copasetic Is" in 2007.

Lynn Roderick and James Varner are the parents of R&B singer Elle Varner. They have both made appearances on Elle's 2012 debut album "Perfectly Imperfect" as background singers, songwriters and producers on a few tracks. It is unknown what Billy Sheppard is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for "I Surrender To Your Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmlfzRb-9I

To see a fan-made video for "Somebody Save Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqQIXRqOh2I

To see a fan-made video for "I'm The One Who Loves You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwQsQ8qlUAk

To see the music video for "Let's Get It On," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhk7HdpH-kA

To see a fan-made video for "You Decided To Go," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaX1yPsqE3E

To see a fan-made video for "Do You Remember," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0NpeDXtsQ

To see a fan-made video for "The Feeling I Get," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xC3PntUyZw