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Sandra Sidwell

sandra sidwellSandra Sidwell was an R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about Sandra, but she was signed to the Sutra Records label.

In 1981, she released her only single to date “Chant A’ Moi.” It’s unknown how or if the song charted or how much impact it made.

After that, it seems as if Sandra Sidwell has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

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mcfadden and whiteheadMcFadden & Whitehead were an R&B music duo, songwriters & producers from the ’70s that consisted of Gene McFadden (born on January 28, 1949 in Olanta, South Carolina) & John Whitehead (born on July 10, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

As teenagers, McFadden & Whitehead formed a music group called The Epsilons who were discovered by the late Otis Redding & toured with him until Redding’s tragic death in an airplane crash in 1967.

In 1970, they signed a record deal with Stax Records and had some moderate success with a song called “The Echo.” They later joined the Philly International Records label where they wrote several hit songs for artists such as the O’Jays (whose 1972 song “Back Stabbers” topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart).

They also wrote songs for other artists such as The Intruders, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass and Archie Bell & Drells.
mw albumIn 1977, McFadden & Whitehead formed a music duo together. Two years later in 1979, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album would later be certified Gold by the RIAA.
R-200419-1334736200.jpegThe lead single from the album “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for a week in June of 1979. It also reached the pop charts, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it their only pop hit to reach the Hot 100) & peaked at #10 on Billboard’s dance music chart as well.

The song sold over 8 million copies worldwide and was even nominated for a Grammy Award. Since then, it has been covered by various artists such as Luther Vandross, Wayman Tisdale and George Michael during his 1991 “Cover to Cover” tour.
musicThe follow-up single released from the album “Mr. Music\Do You Want To Dance” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
pushed asideThe last single released from the album “I’ve Been Pushed Aside” peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 7 weeks).
heard it in a love songIn 1980, McFadden & Whitehead released their sophomore album “I Heard It in a Love Song” which peaked at #153 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
heard it in love songThe title song peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks) and #74 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
lets me knowThe follow-up single from the album “That Lets Me Know I’m In Love” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
movin onIn 1983, the duo released their last studio album “Movin’ On” on Capitol Records which flopped, failing to make any impact on the album charts at all.
one more timeThe only single to chart from the album “One More Time” managed to peak at #58 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks).
Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way)In 1984, McFadden & Whitehead revisited their hit song “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by releasing the single “Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Ain’t No Way)” which managed to peak at #81 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to make any impact at all in the United States.

Throughout the rest of the ’80s, the duo continued to write songs for artists such as Freddie Jackson & Melba Moore. John Whitehead’s sons, Kenny and John Whitehead Jr. formed a music duo of their own (under the name “The Whitehead Brothers”), releasing their debut album in 1986.
need money badAfter serving time in prison for tax evasion, John released a solo album called “I Need Money Bad.” The title song was moderately successful on the R&B charts.

During the ’90s, McFadden and Whitehead reunited to perform at various nostalgia shows and corporate functions.

Tragically on May 11, 2004, John Whitehead was shot to death while working on his car outside of his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 55 years old and his murder remains unsolved.

During that same year, Gene McFadden was diagnosed with lung & liver cancer. Sadly on January 27, 2006 (almost two years after John’s death), he died from the disease just one day shy of his 57th birthday.

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Mr. Music,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Wanna Dance,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’ve Been Pushed Aside,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Heard It in a Love Song,” go to:

To see a video for “That Lets Me Know I’m in Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “One More Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Ain’t No Way),” go to:

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for John Whitehead’s song “I Need Money Bad,” go to:

yellow sunshineYellow Sunshine was an R&B\funk\rock music band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that consisted of brothers Karl (who played drums) & Roland Chambers (who played guitar), percussionist Lester Young, bass player Idres Young and later keyboardist Dexter Wansel & saxophonist Ron Harding.
yellow sunshine albumIn 1973, the band released their debut (and only) self-titled album on Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff’s record label, Gamble.
sunshine tell me laterThe album didn’t appear to chart at all nor did the single “Yellow Sunshine/ Don’t Tell Me Later Girl”.

The band broke up after Dexter Wansel joined Gamble & Huff’s creative staff. Since then, he has gone on to produce & write songs for numerous artists along with releasing a couple of solo albums.

The Chambers brothers went on to join the band MFSB (which was formed by Gamble & Huff). They also produced & wrote music for other artists as well. On February 24, 2002, Karl died of cancer and six months later, Roland died on August 5, 2002 from heart issues.

It is currently unknown what Lester Young, Idres Young and Ron Harding are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Tell Me Later Girl,” go to:

J’Leish

J'LeishJ’Leish was a female R&B music trio from the United Kingdom. Not much information is given about them, but it looks like they were signed to the Washington Classic record label.
aint got the timeIn 2001, they released their only single “Ain’t Got the Time” which didn’t appear to make any impact at all.

After that, it seemed as if J’Leish had faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the trio are currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of “Ain’t Got the Time,” go to:

Tika

tikaTika was a female R&B artist from the 2000s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the Doe Mac Records label.
never ending storyIn 2002, she released her only album “The Never Ending Story.” It’s unknown how much impact or publicity the album received or if & any singles were released from the album at all.

After that, it seems as if Tika has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is currently up to these days.

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thelma houstonThelma Houston (born on May 7, 1946 in Leland, Mississippi) is an R&B\disco singer\songwriter and actress who scored her one and only number-one charting song back in 1977.

Thelma was born in Leland, Mississippi where her mother worked as a cotton picker. She would later move to Long Beach, California with her family where she primarily grew up. After getting married and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group where she was the lead singer of the group.

Between 1966 and 1967, Thelma released the singles “Baby Mine” and “Don’t Cry My Soldier Boy”, but neither of them made the charts at all. After that, she signed a record deal with the Dunhill Records label.
sunshower
In 1969, she released her debut album “Sunshower” which managed to peak at #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album was produced by Jimmy Webb.

The four singles released from the album: “Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon”, “Sunshower”, “If This Was The Last Song” and a cover version of the Rolling Stones song, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
save the countryIn 1970, Thelma released the single “Save the Country” which managed to peak at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972In 1971, she signed a record deal with Motown Records and in 1972, she released her third self-titled album under the MoWest record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
bobby mcgeeA cover version of Roger Miller’s song “Me and Bobby McGee” was released as a single, but didn’t make the charts.

In 1973, Thelma was set to start in a biopic of singer Dinah Washington, but the project ended up getting cancelled due to difficulties in getting clearance from Dinah Washington’s relatives.
wrong for so longIn 1974, Thelma released the single “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.”

During that same year, Thelma joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine where she portrayed various characters during the show’s skit, but the show was cancelled in August.
got the music in meIn 1975, Thelma released her third album “I’ve Got the Music in Me” featuring a group of session players called Pressure Cooker under record label Sheffield Lab.

It’s unknown how or if the album was successful or not, but the album went on to become a benchmark vinyl recording for audiophiles. During that same year, she appeared in a made-for-television film called “Death Scream.”

In 1976, Thelma recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings” (which starred actors James Earl Jones & Billy Dee Williams).

During that same year, she was featured in a tribute to Berry Gordy during the American Music Awards broadcast where she sang the song “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”

Thelma’s version of the song “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” which was supposed to be released as a single, but it ended up getting pulled & Diana Ross ended up recording the song for the film “Mahogany” (which she also starred in).

In 1976, Thelma sang backing vocals for Jermaine Jackson’s album “My Name Is Jermaine.”
any way you like itIn late October of that same year, she released her fourth album “Any Way You Like It” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
don't leave me this wayThe lead single from the album, a cover version of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was originally given to Diana Ross, but it was reassigned & given to Thelma instead. After a record pool in Boston unanimously reported positive reception from audiences in discos, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was released as a single.

The song first topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for a week in February of 1976, but nine weeks later, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in April of 1976, becoming Thelma’s only number-one hit song to date.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” was also successful in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Australia, France & Italy. It also earned Thelma a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female” at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978.
any way you like it singleThe follow-up single, the title song managed to top Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Don’t Leave Me This Way).
last thing i doThe last single released from the album “If It’s the Last Thing I Do” peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks). It also managed to chart in Canada as well.
don't know why i love youA cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” was released as the second single in Europe. It’s unknown how or if the single charted there.
thelma and jerryIn 1977, Thelma and singer Jerry Butler released their first duet album together called “Thelma & Jerry” which peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200 & #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
lifetime thingThe two of them managed to make the Billboard charts with the single “It’s a Lifetime Thing” which peaked at #84 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks).
devil in meDuring that same year, Thelma released her fifth album “The Devil in Me” which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 chart and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
here againThe lead single “I’m Here Again” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks) and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
I Can't Go On Living Without Your LoveThe follow-up single “I Can’t Go On Living Without Your Love” flopped, failing to make the Billboard charts at all.

Thelma also appeared in the film “Game Show Models” and was supposed to star in a film version of the play “Me and Bessie,” but apparently, it looks like those plans never materialized & the film was never released.
Love MasterpieceIn 1978, Thelma was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Thank God It’s Friday” with the track “Love Masterpiece.” The song was released a single, but didn’t make the charts.
ready to rollDuring that same year, she released her sixth album “Ready to Roll” which peaked at #74 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, but missed the Hot 100.
Saturday Night, Sunday MorningThe only single to chart was “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks) and #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
two to oneAlso in that same year, she released her second duet album with Jerry Butler called “Two To One.” It’s unknown how or if the album was successful (unlike their first duet album).
ride to rainbowIn 1979, Thelma released her eighth album “Ride to the Rainbow” which was a commercial flop, failing to make any impact on the charts at all.

A remixed version of the song “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” was featured on the album in its 12-inch version. During that same year, she appeared in an independent film called “The Seventh Dwarf.”
breakwater catIn 1980, Thelma released her ninth album “Breakwater Cat” on RCA Records which didn’t appear to make the Billboard album charts at all.
suspicious mindsThe sole single released from the album “Suspicious Minds” became a popular club hit, but it’s unknown how or if the song made the charts.
Never Gonna Be Another OneIn 1981, Thelma released her tenth album “Never Gonna Be Another One” which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 chart and #51 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
If You Feel ItThe lead single “If You Feel It” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks).
96 tearsThe follow-up single, a cover version of Question Mark and the Mysterians’ song “96 Tears” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
Reachin' All AroundIn 1982, Thelma’s eleventh album “Reachin’ All Around” was released. The album consists of previously unreleased music that was recorded while Thelma was signed to Motown Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
1983By 1983, Thelma had moved on to MCA Records where she released her twelfth self-titled album. The album failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
working girlThe first single from the album “Working Girl” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks).
Just Like All The RestThe follow-up (and last) single from the album “Just Like All the Rest” peaked at #80 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
Qualifying HeatIn 1984, Thelma released her thirteenth album “Qualifying Heat” which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
hold me tightThe lead single “You Used To Hold Me So Tight” peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks) and managed to peak at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart, making the highest charting single from the album.
fantasy heartbreakThe second single “Fantasy and Heartbreak” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
good timesThe third single “I’d Rather Spend the Bad Times with You, Than the Good Times with Someone New” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
(I Guess) It Must Be LoveThe last single to chart from the album “(I Guess) It Must Be Love” peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart and #59 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
into the nightIn 1985, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Into the Night” with the track “Keep it Light.”

During the mid-1980s, Thelma guest-starred in television shows such as “Cagney & Lacey” and “Simon & Simon.” In 1987, she also appeared in the CBS Afterschool Special “Little Miss Perfect” and a year later, she appeared in the film “And God Created Woman.”
lean on meIn 1989, Thelma released a cover version of Bill Withers’ song “Lean on Me” (featuring gospel music group The Winans) which was featured in the Morgan Freeman film also entitled “Lean on Me.” Her version managed to peak at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks).
throw you downIn 1990, Thelma released her fourteenth studio album “Throw You Down” on Reprise Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the charts at all.
Out Of My HandsThe lead single “Out of My Hands” peaked at #82 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
HighThe follow-up single “High” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

In 1994, Thelma participated in an AIDS benefit in New York, performing gospel music with artists such as Cece Peniston, Chaka Khan and Phoebe Snow under the name “Sisters of Glory” where they released an album called “Good News in Hard Times” in 1995.
Don't Leave Me This Way (Remix '95)In 1995, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was revived in several remixes and it managed to peak at #19 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #35 in the United Kingdom.

After that, Thelma released the singles “I Need Somebody Tonight” (in 1996) and “All of That” (in 1998). She also provided lead vocals on guitarist Scott Henderson’s album “Tore Down House” in 1997 & in 1998, she appeared in the films “54” and “Beloved.”

In 2000, Thelma toured in Australia as a cast member in the stage musical version of “Fame.” After returning to the U.S., she toured with Nile Rodgers & Chic and was even one of the opening acts of Cher’s “Farewell” tour in Toronto in 2003.

On September 20, 2004, Thelma’s version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.
a womans touchIn August of 2007, she released her first album in 17 years claled “A Woman’s Touch” on Shout Factory Records. In 2009, Thelma appeared on the TV shows “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” performing “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”
forty twoIn 2013, Thelma collaborated with Los Angeles-based producer Janitor and released an EP called “Forty-Two” on SoundCloud.
PrintThese days, Thelma continues to be active in the entertainment business. She is still touring all over the U.S. and even has own 90 minute band show called “Thelma Houston: My Motown Memories & More.”

To see Thelma Houston’s official website, go to:
http://www.thelmahouston.com/

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Cry, My Soldier Boy,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (from her debut album “Sunshower”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Save the Country,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Me and Bobby McGee,” go to:

To see a video of Thelma performing “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Any Way You Like It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If It’s the Last Thing I Do,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Don’t Know Why I Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Here Again,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Go on Living Without Your Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It’s a Lifetime Thing,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “If You Feel It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “96 Tears,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Just Like All the Rest,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Used to Hold Me So Tight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Fantasy and Heartbreak,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’d Rather Spend the Bad Times with You, Than the Good Times with Someone New,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “(I Guess It Must Be Love),” go to:

To see the music video for “Lean on Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Out of My Hands,” go to:

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

To see the music video for the 1995 remixed version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Need Somebody Tonight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “All of That,” go to:

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:

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.
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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.
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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.
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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: