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Paradise (Rapper)

paradiseParadise was a female rapper from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she appeared to be signed to the Solar Records label.
downnggaIn 1992, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Deep Cover” with the track “Down With My N***a” which was releaed as a single. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.
above rimIn 1994, Paradise appeared on the soundtrack to another film “Above the Rim” with the track “Hoochies Need Love Too.”
gangrelatedParadise’s last music appearance to date was in 1997 on the soundtrack to the film “Gang Related” with the track “Devotion.”

These days, it’s unknown what Paradise is up to and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Down With My N***a”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hoochies Need Love Too,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Devotion,” go to:

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Shelly WestShelly West (born on May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a country music singer from the ’80s who is the daughter of the late country music singer Dottie West.

At the age of 17, Shelly began touring with her mother’s show. She started out singing backup vocals, but was soon given lead vocals. While on tour, she fell in love with Dottie’s lead guitarist, Allen Frizzell (the brother of country music singers David & Lefty Frizzell), whom she would marry and the two of them left Dottie’s band in 1977 to move to California.

She & Allen joined David Frizzell’s band whee they toured the Southwest. After record producer Snuff Garrett heard a demo of Shelly and David’s duet “Lovin’ on Borrowed Time,” he signed them to Casablanca Records, but after Polygram Records took over the label, they were dropped & went on to try their luck in Nashville, Tennessee.

Despite being dropped from their record label, Snuff Garrett believed that Shelly and Allen had potential and he played their song “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” to actor Clint Eastwood (who founded his own record label, Viva Records at the time) who liked the song and added to this film “Any Way You Can.”
reasongodoklahomaIn April of 1981, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week.

Shelly and David’s first three albums together: “Carryin’ on the Family Names” (released in April of 1981), “The David Frizzell & Shelly West Album” (released in January of 1982) and “Our Best to You” (released in November of 1982) were moderately successful on the country music charts as were the singles released from the respective albums.
west by west
In March of 1983, Shelly released her debut solo album “West By West” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
jose cuevo
The lead single from the album “José Cuervo” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week in May of 1983, making it her only number-one solo hit to date. The success of the song also provided a sales boost for the José Cuervo tequila company.
Flight 309 To Tennessee
The follow-up single from the album “Flight 309 to Tennessee” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
red hotIn November of that same year, she released her sophomore album “Red Hot” which peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
motelmemory
The first single from the album “Another Motel Memory” peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

The follow-up singles “Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat” (which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer” (which peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful.
in sessonIn December of that same year, Shelly and David released their fourth duet album “In Session” which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The album featured the singles “Pleasure Island” (which peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) & “Silent Partners” (which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).
goldenduetsIn 1984, Shelly and David released their last duet album to date together “Golden Duets: The Best of Frizzell & West” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The album featured their last high charting appearance on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart as a duo with the song “It’s a Be Together Night” which peaked at #13 on the chart. During that same year, Shelly remarried and later had twin sons.
wait moonIn 1985, Shelly released her last solo album to date “Don’t Make Me Wait on the Moon” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
now theresyouThe lead single from the album “Now There’s You” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
waitmoonsingleThe follow-up singles from the album, the title song (which peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “I’ll Dance the Two Step” (which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful while the last single from the album “If I Could Sing Something in Spanish failed to chart.

In 1986, Shelly released two more singles: “What Would You Do” (which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Love Don’t Come Any Better Than This” (which peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).

Even though Shelly stopped recording music by the late ’80s, she reunited with David Frizzell to perform for a couple of shows. In 1990, she began touring again with her mother, Dottie.

Sadly on September 4, 1991, Dottie passed away due to injuries she sustained in a car accident she was in a month earlier. By 1992, Shelly retired from the music business and focused on raising her family.

In 1995, Shelly worked as a technical advisor for a TV movie about Dottie West’s life called “Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story” starring actress Michele Lee which aired on the CBS network.

In June of 2005, Shelly and David Frizzell were honored by CMT as part of their “100 Greatest Duets” special. She also appeared on numerous episodes of the RFD-TV series “Country Music Reunion.”

As of 2012, Shelly performs occasionally, but is still somewhat semi-retired from the music business.

To see a fan-made video for “Jose Cuervo,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Flight 309 to Tennessee,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Another Hotel Memory,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Now There’s You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Make Me Wait on the Moon,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’ll Dance the Two Step,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If I Could Sing Something in Spanish”, go to:

girls next doorGirls Next Door was an all-female country music group from Nashville, Tennessee that consisted of members Doris King (who sang alto), Cindy Nixon (who sang second alto), Diane Williams (who sang soprano) and Tammy Stephens (who sang second soprano). Originally, the group performed under the name “Belle and Wildflower.”

The group was formed in 1982 when producer Tommy West approached Doris about starting a music group. Pleased with the idea, Doris gathered Cindy, Diane and Tammy to join.

Girls Next Door would later sign a record deal with MTM Records where Tommy West worked as a producer. After touring for two years, the group began recording their debut album.
girls next door albumIn 1986, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
lovegetuthroughTheir debut single “Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
slowboatchinaThe follow-up single “Slow Boat to China” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it Girls Next Door’s highest chart appearance to date. It even received positive reception from “Cash Box” and “Billboard” magazine.
babywantitThe third single from the album “Baby I Want It” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
walk me rainThe last single from the album “Walk Me in the Rain” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
whata girl next doorIn 1987, Girls Next Door released their follow-up album “What a Girl Next Door Could Do” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The title song managed to peak at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart and the follow-up single “Easy to Find” peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
lovefairytales
In 1988, the group released the single “Love and Other Fairytales” which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, but the song was never released on a full album due to MTM Records shutting down during that same year.
howboutus
In 1989, they moved on to Atlantic Records where producer Nelson Larkin worked with them instead of Tommy West. During that same year, the group released their last album “How ‘Bout Us” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The lead single “He’s Gotta Have Me” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart while the follow-up “Maybe You Wouldn’t Be Missin’ Me Tonight” failed to chart at all.
howboutussingle
The title song (which was a cover version of R&B group Champaign’s 1981 hit song) peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

In 1992, Girls Next Door disbanded and went on to raise their respective families, but they reunited in 2011 for just one concert.

These days, Doris King (now Doris Merritt) is still active as a singer along with her husband, Mike. The two of them are also active in the cowboy church ministry in Oklahoma along with competing in ranch rodeos & ropings.

In 2015, Doris and Mike released an album called “Detours” which topped the Cash Box Christian Country Charts. The album also reunited Doris with Diane, Tammy and Cindy.

Cindy Nixon (now Cindy Psanos) appears to still be active as a singer. In 2013, she performed at the Franklin Jazz Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.

Diane Williams (now Diane Austin) works as a music specialist at Rockvale Elementary School in Rockvale, Tennessee and is also a worship leader at the Stones River Church of Christ.

As for Tammy Stephens (now Tammy Smith), it’s unknown if she is pursuing an active solo music career or what else she is doing outside of music.

To see Doris and Mike Merritt’s website, go to:
http://merrittcowboyministries.com/

To see Diane Austin’s website, go to:
http://www.rockvalemusic.com/

To see a fan-made video for “Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Slow Boat to China,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Baby I Want It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Walk Me in the Rain,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What a Girl Next Door Could Do,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Easy to Find,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love and Other Fairy Tales,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He’s Gotta Have Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Maybe You Wouldn’t Be Missin’ Me Tonight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “How ‘Bout Us,” go to:

Vienna

viennaVienna was a female freestyle singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Cutting Records.
should have knownIn 1991, she released her first single “I Should Have Known.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
two wrongsIn 1993, Vienna released her last single to date “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right)” which also didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if Vienna has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

To see a fan-made video for “I Should Have Known,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right),” go to:

dbuzzardsavannahbandDr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a big band\swing music-influenced disco band from the Bronx, New York that was formed by half-brothers Stony Browder Jr. (born on February 7, 1949) and August Darnell (born Thomas August Darnell Browder on August 12, 1950) in 1974. It also consisted of singer Cory Daye (born on April 25, 1952 in New York, New York), drummer Mickey Sevilla (born in 1953) and percussionist Andy Hernandez (born in 1952).

The band’s concept was a re-creation of a 1930s’ dance band blending disco beats with rhythms from various musical genres such as calypso, rhumba, cha-cha-ch and compas along with their songs’ witty lyrics.

Prior to the band’s formation, August began his musical career in a band called The In-Laws along with Stony, but they disbanded so August could pursue a career as an English teacher. He would later earn his master’s degree in English.
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah BandIn 1976, they released their self-titled debut album on RCA Records which peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold.
play the foolTheir first single “I’ll Play the Fool” which peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #92 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks) and topped Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 30 chart.
Cherchez La FemmeThe second single from the album “Cherchez La Femme” (the full song title name is called “Whispering”/”Cherchez La Femme”/”Se Si Bon”) became their only hit song to date, topping Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 30 chart (along with the tracks “I’ll Play the Fool” & “Sour and Sweet”) for a week in October of 1976.

It also reached the pop charts as well, peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s only highest charting song on the chart to date. It also peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and #31 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

The song would later be covered in 1994 by singer Gloria Estefan and sampled in 2000 by rapper Ghostface Killah in 2000 on his track “Cherchez LaGhost.”
soursweetThe track “Sour and Sweet\Lemon in the Honey” managed to peak at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

One of the tracks from their debut album “Sunshower” has been sampled by artists such as De La Soul, M.I.A., A Tribe Called Quest, Ghostface Killah and Doug E. Fresh. The band was also nominated for a Grammy.
king pennetIn 1978, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band released their sophomore album “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Meets King Penett” which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and #36 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
mr loveThe tracks from the album “Mister Love,” “An Organ Grinder’s Tale”, “Auf Wiedersehen, Darrio” and “Transistor Madness” managed to peak at #22 on Billboard’s dance music chart.
washingtonIn 1979, the band released their third album “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington” on Elektra Records which was a commercial flop, failing to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

By that time, the decline of the disco music craze was starting to die down causing the band’s popularity to decline and internal issues within the band eventually led to August Darnell & Andy Hernandez to leave Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. The two of them would go on to create musical group Kid Creole and the Coconuts a year later. August also created another band called Elbow Bones and the Racketeers.

During that same year, Cory Daye released her debut album “Cory & Me” and had a minor hit with the song “Pow Wow” which peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. She released a follow-up album in 1987 called “In The Middle Of The Night.”
Calling All Beatniks!
The band’s last album “Calling All Beatniks!” was released in 1984 on Passport Records under the name “Dr Buzzard’s Savannah Band.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact at all.

These days, August continues to perform with the current line-up of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. He resides in Sweden and Hawaii where he and his wife, Eva run a martini bar in Maui & also set up an entertainment company called 2C2C Entertainment Group.

Andy Hernandez (who now goes under the name Coati Mundi) is still active in the music business, releasing music, acting and working with various people such as Paul Anka, Tito Puente, Phoebe Snow, Ruben Blades, Lisa Fischer, Wyclef Jean, La Lupe, Spike Lee, Karyn Parsons (from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) and many more.

Mickey Sevilla is still active in music, teaching master drumming.

Cory Daye went on to perform with Kid Creole and the Coconuts as a featured vocalist. These days, she still continues to perform as a solo artist and appeared in an off-Broadway play called “My Big Fat Italian Wedding.”

Mickey Sevilla is still active in music, teaching master drumming. Sadly, Stony Browder Jr. passed away from complications of a stroke in 1991.

To see Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ official website, go to:
http://kidcreoleandthecoconuts.com

To see Coati Mundi’s official website, go to:
http://coatimundiworld.com/cm/Bio.html

To see a fan-page for Cory Daye, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/CoryDayeFanPage/

To see a video of the band performing “Cherchez Le Femme,” go to:

To see a video of the band performing “I’ll Play the Fool,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sour and Sweet\Lemon in the Honey,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sunshower,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Mister Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “An Organ Grinder’s Tale,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Auf Wiedersehen, Darrio,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Transistor Madness”, go to:

mel streetMel Street (born King Malachi Street on October 21, 1935 in Rowe, Virginia) was a country music singer from the ’70s.

At the age of sixteen, he began performing on radio shows in western & West Virginia. He later worked as a radio tower electrician in Ohio and as a nightclub performer in the Niagara Falls area.

In 1963, Mel returned to West Virginia where he opened up his own auto body shop and was the host of his own television show in Bluefield, West Virginia from 1968 to 1972.
borrowed angelIn 1970, Mel recorded his first single “Borrowed Angel” for a small regional record label called Tandem Records. Two years later in 1972, Royal American Records picked up the single which became a hit, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
borrowed angel albumDuring that same year, Mel released his debut album “Borrowed Angel” on the Metromedia County record label which peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
lovin back streetsThe follow-up single from the album “Lovin’ on Back Streets” fared better, peaking at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, becoming Mel’s only highest charting song to date.
townIn 1973, Mel released his sophomore album “The Town Where You Live / Walk Softly On The Bridges” which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The lead single from the album “Walk Softly On the Bridges” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “The Town Where You Live” peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
two way street
In 1974, he released his third album “Two Way Street” on the GRT record label which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
lovin'
The two singles from the album “Lovin’ on Borrowed Time” (which peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “You Make Me Feel Like a Man” (which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful.
smokey mountain
In 1975, Mel released his fourth album “Smokey Mountain Memories” which peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The first single from the album “Forbidden Angel” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The title song peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.

The last two singles from the album “Even If I Have to Steal” (which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “(This Ain’t Just Another) Lust Affair” (which peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful on the Billboard charts.
greatest hits
In 1976, Mel released a compliation album called “Mel Street’s Greatest Hits” which peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
devil in kisses
The only single to chart from the album was “The Devil in Your Kisses (And the Angel in Your Eyes)” which managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
country colors
During that same year, he released his fifth studio album “Country Colors” which failed to chart at all on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Despite that, the singles “I Met a Friend of Yours Today” (which peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart), “Looking Out My Window Through the Pain” (which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Rodeo Bum” (which peaked at #56 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) managed to make the Billboard charts.
ms 77
In 1977, Mel released his sixth self-titled album on Polydor Records which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The two singles released from the album “Barbara Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” (which peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Close Enough for Lonesome” (which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful on the Billboard charts.

During that same year, Mel made his last television appearance on national television on the show “That Good Ole Nashville Music” performing the song “I Met a Friend of Yours Today.”
country soulIn 1978, Mel released his seventh album “Country Soul” which peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The highest charting single from the album “If I Had a Cheating Heart” peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “Shady Rest” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.


During that same year, Mel released his eighth self-titled studio album on Mercury Records. The only single to chart was the song “Just Hangin’ On” which peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

Sadly on October 21, 1978 (on his 43rd birthday), after suffering from alcoholism & clinical depression, Mel committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His idol, country singer George Jones sang at his funeral.
one thingIn 1979, the single “The One Thing My Lady Never Puts Into Words” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it Mel’s last highest charting song on the Billboard charts.

many moods of mel

In 1980, Mel’s last album “Many Moods of Mel” was released posthumously on Sunbird Records.

The follow-up singles from the album “Tonight Let’s Sleep on it Baby” (which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart), “Who’ll Turn Out the Lights” (which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Slip Away” (featuring singer Sandy Powell, which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful on the Billboard charts.

To see a video of Mel performing “Borrowed Angel”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Lovin’ On Back Streets”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Walk Softly On the Bridges”, go to

To see a fan-made video for “The Town Where You Live”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Lovin’ On Borrowed Time”, go to

To see a fan-made video for “You Make Me Feel More Like a Man”, go to

To see a fan-made video for “Forbidden Angel”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Smokey Mountain Memories”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Even If I Have to Steal”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “(This Ain’t Just Another) Lust Affair”, go to:

To see a “The Devil in Your Kisses (And the Angel in Your Eyes)”, go to:

To see a video of Mel performing “I Met a Friend of Yours Today” live, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Looking Out My Window Through the Pain” , go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Rodeo Bum”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Barbara, Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” , go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Close Enough for Lonesome”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If I Had a Cheating Heart”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Shady Rest”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Just Hangin’ On”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The One Thing My Lady Never Puts Into Words”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Tonight Let’s Sleep On It, Baby”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Who’ll Turn Out the Lights”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Slip Away”, go to:

Lena Zavaroni

Lena ZavaroniLena Zavaroni (born Lena Hilda Zavaroni on November 4, 1963 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland) was a Scottish pop music singer from the mid-’70s\early ’80s.

Lena grew up in the small town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in Scotland with her parents, Victor (who played the guitar) & Hilda (who was a singer) who also owned a fish and chip shop. She first began singing when she was 2 years old.

In the summer of 1973, Lena was discovered by record producer Tommy Scott after hearing her sing with her dad & uncle in a band. Scott then contacted impresario Phil Solomon which lead to his partner, Dorothy becoming Lena’s manager.

In 1974, Lena appeared on the British TV and radio talent show “Opportunity Knocks” for a record-breaking 5 weeks running.
ma albumDuring that same year, she released her debut album “Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Albums chart, making Lena the youngest person to have an album chart in the Top 10 in the U.K. at the age of 10.
ma singleThe title song peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles chart, but in the United States, the single flopped, peaking at a low #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it her only chart appearance in the U.S.).

While in the United States, Lena performed at a Hollywood charity show with Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra. She also guest-starred on “The Carol Burnett Show” and even performed at the White House for then-U.S. president Gerald Ford.


During that same year, Lena released the single “(You’ve Got) Personality” which peaked at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart. She also released her second album “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

From 1977 to 1979, she released three more albums “Presenting Lena Zavaroni”,
“Songs Are Such Good Things” and “Lena Zavaroni And Her Music” which didn’t match the success of her debut album.

In 1978, Lena appeared in two television specials: “Lena and Bonnie” (featuring child star Bonnie Langford) and “Lena Zavaroni on Broadway.” During her teen years, she suffered from anorexia nervosa which Lena blamed on the pressure placed on her to fit in the costumes while she was “developing as a woman” at the same time.
Hold Tight, It's Lena ‎(From 1980 to 1982, Lena hosted her own variety television series “Lena” on the BBC. In 1982, she released her last album “Hold Tight, It’s Lena.”

Lena continued to suffer from her eating disorder throughout the ’80s. In 1989, she married a computer consultant named Peter Wiltshire, but they separated 18 months later. During that same year, her mother died from a tranquilliser overdose and a fire destroyed all of her show business mementos.

After her marriage came to an end, Lena moved to Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire in Elgnad to be close to her father and stepmother. During that time, she was living on state benefits.

In 1999, she was accused of stealing a 50p packet of jelly, but the charges were later dropped.

In September of that same year, Lena underwent a surgical procedure to help relieve her depression. Although she appeared to be in good condition after the procedure, Lena developed a chest infection three weeks later and on October 1, 1999, she passed away from bronchial pneumonia. She was 35 years old.

To see more videos on YouTube of Lena performing, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnRWKDuuHJbr6v84JfNN3MQ

To see a video of Lena performing “Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “(You’ve Got) Personality,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “Music, Music, Music” (from her album “If My Friends Could See Me Now”), go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “Air Love” (from her album “Presenting Lena Zavaroni”), go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “I Should’ve Listened to Mama,” go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “Hold Tight,” go to:

To see a video of the opening credits of Lena’s TV show, go to:

As a bonus, here is a video of Lena performing “Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me” on “The Tonight Show”:

Vicki Sue RobinsonVicki Sue Robinson (born on May 31, 1954 in Harlem, New York) was a female pop\disco\dance music singer and actress from the late ’70s. She was born to African-American Shakespearean actor Bill Robinson and his European American wife and folk singer, Marianne.

Vicki spent most of her early years residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1960, when she was only 6 years old, she gave her first public performance when she joined her mother on stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. At the age of 10, she and her family returned to New York, living in New York City.

When she was 16 years old while attending the New Lincoln School, Vicki joined the Broadway cast of the music “Hair.” After that, she appeared in the off-Broadway play “Long Time Coming, Long Time Gone.” She also had bit parts in films such as “Going Home” (in 1971) and “To Find a Man” (in 1972).

Vicki would later return to Broadway where she joined the cast of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She made her recording debut, singing background on Todd Rundgren’s 1972 album “Something\Anything?”

In 1973, she spent some time in Japan with musician Itsuro Shimoda, with whom she toured with nationally and did session work on his album “Love Songs and Lamentations.” She also worked as a model, a waitress and for “Ms. Magazine.”

In 1975, Vicki was providing vocals at a New York recording session for Scott Fagan’s album “Many Sunny Places” where RCA Records producer\engineer Warren Schatz heard her sing and saw her potential as a disco-oriented artist.
Baby, Now That I Found YouSchatz invited Vicki to cut some demos including a remake of The Foundations’ song “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” which was released a single in 1975. Although the single flopped, RCA Records allowed Schatz to produce Vicki’s upcoming debut album.
Never Gonna Let You GoDuring that same year, Vicki released the title song to her upcoming album “Never Gonna Let You Go” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart.
never gonna let you go albumIn 1976, Vicki’s debut album “Never Gonna Let You Go” was released which peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 and #39 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.
turn the beat aroundThe follow-up single “Turn the Beat Around” became a big hit, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #73 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and topped Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart for 4 weeks, making it Vicki’s only top 10 hit to date. Internationally, it was successful in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The song also earned Vicki a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” Eighteen years later in 1994, Gloria Estefan covered “Turn the Beat Around” which also became a number-one hit on the dance music charts.
common thiefThe last single from the album “Common Thief” also topped Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart.
VS RobinsonDuring that same year, Vicki released her self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 and #39 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.
daylightThe lead single from the album, a cover version of Bobby Womack’s song “Daylight” peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s dance music chart and #91 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for only 2 weeks).
shouldistayThe follow-up single “Should I Stay/I Won’t Let You Go” peaked at #104 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but failed to chart on the R&B and disco music charts.
hold tightIn 1977, Vicki released a cover version of David Gates’ song “Hold Tight” which peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s dance music chart and #91 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 3 weeks).
half and halfIn 1978, Vicki released her third album “Half and Half” which peaked at #110 on the Billboard 200 and #56 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.

The follow-up single from the album “Trust in Me\Don’t Try to Win Me Back Again” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s dance music chart. The last single released from the album “Jealousy” didn’t chart at all.

In 1979, Vicki contributed the track “Easy to Be Hard” to Warren Schatz’s album “Disco Spectacular”. During that same year, she released her last album “Movin’ On”. The only released from the album “What’s Happening in My Life” flopped just like the album.
Nightime Fantasy
Also in 1979, Vicki scored another dance hit with the track “Nighttime Fantasy” which peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #21 on Billboard’s dance music chart. She also appeared in the film “Gangsters”.
nothin but heartache
In 1980, Vicki signed a record deal with Ariola Records where she released her only single on the label “Nothin’ But a Heartache” which didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. She also sang background vocals on Irene Cara’s hit song “Fame.”
hot summer nights
In 1981, Vicki released the single “Hot Summer Nights” on Prelude Records which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

A year later in 1982, she released the singles “Summertime Fun” (on the Promise Records label) and “Give My Love Back/I’m Here & I’m Hot” (on the Perfect Records label). It’s unknown how much impact any of the two singles made at all.
to sir with love
In 1983, Vicki released a cover version of Lulu’s song “To Sir With Love” on Profile Records which peaked at #7 on the music charts in Australia and #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
everlasting love
In 1984, she released a cover version of Robert Knight’s song “Everlasting Love” which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #83 in Australia.
grab them cakes
In 1985, Vicki was featured on the album “The Wrestling Album” on a duet with late wrestler Junkyard Dog called “Grab Them Cakes.”

Throughout the rest of the ’80s, Vicki continued to be active in the music business, singing back-up vocals for artists such as Cher and Michael Bolton.

She also established herself as a jingle singer for products such as Folgers’ coffee, Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum, Maybelline cosmetics, Hanes underwear and Downy fabric softener. From 1987 to 1988, she also provided the singing voice for the characters Minx and Rapture in the 1980s animated TV series “Jem.”
for real
In the ’90s after Gloria Estefan’s cover version of “Turn the Beat Around” became a hit, Vicki regained some publicity and she was inspired to re-record the song for the b-side of her 1995 single “For Real” which didn’t make the charts at all.
house of joyIn 1996, she provided backing vocals for RuPaul’s album “Foxy Lady” where she was featured on the track “A Little Bit of Love.” A year later in 1997, she recorded the song “House of Joy” for DJ\producer Junior Vasquez which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it her first and only hit single in the U.K.

During that same year, Vicki also recorded the song “My Stomp, My Beat” for the film “Chasing Amy” and appeared in the Comedy Central network mock TV documentary “Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel.”

In the mid ’90s, a resurge of disco music led Vicki (along with other disco music artists such as Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People and KC & the Sunshine Band) to embark on a world tour which was well-received.

In 1999, after returning to the United States, Vicki returned to theatre where she performed in a off-Broadway musical called “Vicki: Behind the Beat.” She was also featured on the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master soundtrack with the track “Pokémon (Dance Mix).”
move onIn September of that same year, Vicki released her last single “Move On” which peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. During that same month, she had to withdraw from her off-Broadway show due to poor health.

In 2000, Vicki appeared in the independent film “Red Lipstick”. Sadly, eleven days after the film was released, she passed away of cancer on April 27, 2000 at her home in Wilton, Connecticut at the age of 45.

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kadamsKaylee Adams (born on September 10, 1955 in Navarre, Ohio) was a female country music\soft rock singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warner Bros. Records.

In 1986, she had her only chart appearance to date with the single “I Can’t Help The Way I Don’t Feel” which peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

According to the iMDB website, Kaylee released a song called “Paradise” which was featured in the films “White Water Summer” (in 1987) and “Little Nikita” (in 1988).

These days, it appears as if Kaylee Adams has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Help The Way I Don’t Feel,” go to:

Ty EnglandTy England (born Gary Tyler England on December 5, 1963 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former country music singer from the ’90s.

During his youth, Ty first began playing the guitar, sang in various bands in high school and performed in his school chorus. While attending Oklahoma State University, Ty met fellow student and future country music artist Garth Brooks at a coffee shop he worked at. Soon, the two of them became roommates and performed together until poor grades forced Ty to return home.

Ty eventually got his degree in marketing and later worked as a auto plant representative. In 1988 (while working at the auto plant), he got a phone call from Garth Brooks (who just signed a record deal in Nashville, Tennessee) and after that, he moved to Nashville where he became Garth’s guitarist and backup vocalist.
ty england albumIn 1995, Ty left Garth’s band to pursue a solo career of his own and signed a record deal with RCA Records Nashville. In August of that same year, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #95 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
220px-Tyengland.shouldveaskedherfasterThe lead single “Should’ve Asked Her Faster” became his first charting single, peaking at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and #121 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

The follow-up singles from the album “Smoke in Your Eyes” (which peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart) and “Redneck Son” (which peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart) fared moderately.
two ways to fallIn September of 1996, Ty released his sophomore album “Two Ways to Fall” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
Irresistible YouThe lead single “Irresistible You” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The follow-up single “All of the Above” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

After that, Ty left his record label and signed another record deal with Capitol Records (which just happened to be the label Garth Brooks was signed to at the time).
highways and dance hallsIn November of 1999, Ty released his third album “Highways & Dance Halls” under the name Tyler England. The album didn’t appear to chart at all and the only single to chart was “I Drove Her to Dallas” which managed to peak at #53 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
tyenglandAfter that, not much was heard from Ty until 2007 when he released his fourth album “Alive and Well and Livin’ the Dream” on Triple T Records. The two singles released from the album “Redneck Anthem” and “The Perfect Girl” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

These days, it appears as if Ty England is working as a realtor in central Oklahoma.

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