Category: 80’s


Shamana

shamanaShamana was a female dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the MicMac Records label.

In 1989, Shamana released the single “Fever.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact at all.

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

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

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feel it in my heartStacey Parris was a female freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the Fourth Floor Records Label.

In 1989, she released her only single to date “Feel it In My Heart.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Stacey has faded into obscurity. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for “Feel It in My Heart,” go to:

judy rodmanJudy Rodman (born Judy Mae Robbins on May 23, 1951 in Riverdale, California) is a country music singer from the ’80s.

She first began singing when she was 4 years old and by the time she was 8 years old, she was playing the guitar. At the age of 17, she began singing advertising jingles.

While in college, Judy studied music where her roommate was future female country singer Janie Fricke. The two of them were later hired as jingle singers for the Tanner Agency in Memphis, Tennessee. She also sang with a local nightclub band called Phase II.

In the mid-’70s, Judy worked as a background vocalist. In 1980, she married a drummer & professional fisherman named John Rodman. The couple moved to Nashville where Judy continued to record jingles for radio and television.

Judy later went back to singing background vocals, working with artists such as Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and she even sang back-up for Ray Charles. She would later sign a record deal to MTM Records, becoming the first artist to be signed to the label.
I've Been Had By Love BeforeIn 1985, Judy released her debut single “I’ve Been Had By Love Before” which peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
miss meThe follow-up single “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
sure need lovinHer third single “I Sure Need Your Lovin'” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. By the end of 1985, she won the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Female Vocalist” award.
judy85In 1986, she released her debut album “Judy” which peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
until i met youThe fourth single released from the album “Until I Met You” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week in July of 1986, becoming Judy’s only number-one song to date. The last single released from the album “She Thinks That I’ll Marry” peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
place called loveIn 1987, Judy released her sophomore album “A Place Called Love” which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
girls ride horsesThe first single released from the album “Girls Ride Horses Too” peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
be your babyThe second single (a cover version of Bob Dylan’s 1967 song) peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
wantalovelikethatThe last single from the album “I Want a Love Like That” peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
goin to workIn 1988, Judy released the single “Goin’ to Work” which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
i can love youShe released another single “I Can Love You” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Those two singles were supposed to be featured on Judy’s third studio album, but after MTM Records folded, the album was never released.

Even though Judy hasn’t appear on any music charts since 1988, she has found various ways to keep herself busy in the music business such as working a songwriter, background singer and track producer.

These days, Judy works as a professional vocal coach, recording studio producer & songwriter with a trademarked vocal training method called “Power, Path and Performance.”

She also sells vocal training products on CD on her website, released a DVD video presentation called “Vocal Production Workshop,” has a blog & podcast called “All Things Vocal” and is also a public speaker, giving keynote speeches, seminars & advanced workshops on the voice & vocal production.

To see Judy Rodman’s official website, go to:
http://www.judyrodman.com/

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To see a fan-made video for “Girls Ride Horses Too,” go to:

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dave and sugarDave & Sugar was a country music trio from the mid-to-late ’70s\early ’80s. The original lineup consisted of lead singer Dave Rowland and backing vocalists Vicki Hackeman (from Louisville, Kentucky) & Jackie Frantz (from Sydney, Ohio).

Before starting the trio, Dave performed as a trumpet player with an Army band and formed his own group while he was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In 1970, he graduated from the Stamps Music School in Texas and moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he was a member of the Stamps Quartet until 1974 to join a country music group called Four Guys singing behind singer Charley Pride & even appearing on the Grand Ole Opry.

After leaving the Four Guys, Dave worked as a waiter in Nashville and later formed a country-rock music band called Wild Oates. After learning that Charley Pride and Tammy Wynette were searching for backup groups, he formed the first version of Dave & Sugar with Jackie and Vicki, eventually signing a record deal with RCA Records.
queen of silver dollar
In 1975, the trio released their debut single “Queen of the Silver Dollar” (which was originally recorded by rock band Dr. Hook) which peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
dave sugar 1976A year later in 1976, Dave & Sugar released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
door is always openThe second single from the album “The Door is Always Open” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week in July of 1976, making it their first number-one single. The last single released from the album “I’m Gonna Love You” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
the way love should beIn 1977, Dave & Sugar released their sophomore album “That’s the Way Love Should Be” which peaked at #157 on the Billboard 200 chart and #10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. During that same year, Jackie Frantz was replaced by singer Sue Powell.
don't throw it all awayThe first single from the album “Don’t Throw it All Away” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart and managed to make Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #32.
R-3629856-1421970278-3680.jpegThe title song peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart and #45 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. The last single from the album “I’m Knee Deep in Loving You” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
tear timeIn 1978, the trio released their third album “Tear Time” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
R-10092049-1491468196-6289.jpegThe lead single from the album “Gotta Quit Lookin’ At You Baby” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
teartimeThe title song (which was a cover version of singer Wilma Burgess’s 1967 song) became Dave & Sugar’s second number-one hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, topping the chart for a week in October of 1978.
stay with meIn January of 1979, Vicki Hackeman was replaced by singer Melissa Dean. During that same year, Dave & Sugar released their fourth album “Stay with Me/Golden Tears” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Top Country Singles chart.
golden tearsThe first single “Golden Tears” became Dave & Sugar’s last number-one hit on the country music charts, topping Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for three weeks in March of 1979.

stay with me singleThe second single from the album “Stay With Me” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
R-5706169-1400452400-6796.jpegThe last single “My World Begins and Ends With You” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart along with the track “Why Did You Have to Be So Good.”

In 1980, Sue Powell left Dave & Sugar to pursue a solo career (having moderate success on the country music charts) and later became the co-host of a television show called “Nashville on the Road.” She was replaced by singer Jamie Kaye (from Lexington, Kentucky).
R-3864071-1347323157-8191.jpegDuring that same year, Dave & Sugar released their fifth album “New York Wine Tennessee Shine” which peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
nywineThe lead single from the album “New York Wine and Tennessee Shine” peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
love songThe follow-up single “A Love Song” peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Also in that same year, the trio toured with Kenny Rogers. Jamie would later leave the trio and was replaced by singer Patti Caines.
greatest hitsIn 1981, Dave & Sugar released their greatest hits album which peaked at #179 on the Billboard 200 and #35 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Their version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1977 song “It’s a Heartache” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
pleasureDuring that same year, Dave & Sugar released their sixth album “Pleasure” on the Elektra Records label which peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The first single from the album “Fool By Your Side” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “The Pleasure’s All Mine” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
sugar free
By 1982, Dave & Sugar briefly disbanded when Dave released a solo album of his own called “Sugar Free,” but the singles released from the album didn’t appear to generate at lot of success.

After that, Dave re-formed the trio by reuniting with Sue and Melissa, but when that didn’t pan out, he replaced them with singers Cindy Smith and Lisa Alvey which didn’t appear to last long because by the time they were cutting a new album, singer Tina Pappas became the sole voice of “Sugar” due to singer Penny Cardin being hospitalized.
dave sugar 86In 1986, Dave & Sugar released their self-titled and last album to date on the Dot Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album generated any success at all.

After Tina left the trio, she was replaced by singer Velvet Williams (from Jacksonville, Florida). By 1988, Penny was replaced by singer Regina Leigh (from Marshville, North Carolina). The last line-up of Dave & Sugar consisted of Dave, Regina and Lori Mason. By the ’90s, it appears as the trio disbanded and went their separate ways.

These days (according to research), Dave Rowland resides in Franklin, Tennessee. It’s unknown if he’s still active in the music business.

As for the whereabouts of the “Sugars” of the trio:

Regina Leigh went on to work for Reba McEntire and formed a short-lived country music duo in the ’90s called Regina Regina. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

Sue Powell resides in Tennessee with her husband and two children.

Melissa Dean (who now goes under the name Etta Britt) has provided vocals for artists such as Pam Tillis, David Allen Coe, Engelbert Humperdinck, B.J. Thomas and the Four Tops. In 2012, she releaesd a solo album called “Out of the Shadows.”

As for Lisa Alvey, Jackie Frantz, Vicki Hackeman and Lori Mason, it’s unknown what they’re up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Queen of the Silver Dollar,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Door is Always Open,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Gonna Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Throw It All Away,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Knee Deep in Loving You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “That’s The Way Love Should Be,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Stay With Me,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “New York Wine and Tennessee Shine,” go to:

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

Charly McClain

charly mcclainCharly McClain (born Charlotte Denise McClain on March 26, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a country music singer from the ’70s and ’80s. She got her nickname “Charly” from the neighborhood friends she used to play with as a child.

At the age of 8, Charly was inspired to start recording after her father Niles was hospitalized with tuberculosis and communicated with him through a tape recorder since she was unable to visit him in the hospital.

When she was 12 years old, she began her music career performing with her brother, Mike and his band, Charlotte & the Volunteers. By the age of 17, Charly was a regular on the club circuit and appeared at a show in Memphis called “Mid-South Jamboree” from 1973 to 1975.

When she was 20 years old, Charly signed a recording contract with Epic Records in 1976 and released her debut single “Lay Down” which managed to peak at #67 on Hot Country Singles chart.

here's charly mcclainIn February of 1977, she released her debut album “Here’s Charly McClain” which failed to make Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The follow-up singles from the album “Lay Something on My Bed, Besides a Blanket” (which peaked at #82 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “It’s Too Late to Love Me Now” (which peaked at #87 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were not as successful.
let mebebaby
In October of 1978, Charly released her sophomore album “Let Me Be Your Baby” which peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The first single released from the album “Make the World Go Away” peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The second single, the title song peaking at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

thatswhatyoudo

The third single “That’s What You Do to Me” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album & Charly’s first top 10 hit on the country music charts.
take me backThe last single from the album “Take Me Back” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
alone too longIn July of 1979, Charly released her third album “Alone Too Long” which failed to chart at all on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
when love aint rightThe first single “When Love Ain’t Right” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles. chart.
part of meThe second single “You’re a Part of Me” peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The last single, a duet with singer Johnny Rodriguez called “I Hate the Way I Love It” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
women get lonelyIn April of 1980, Charly’s fourth album “Women Get Lonely” was released. The album peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
menThe lead single from the album “Men” was a top 10 hit, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

The follow-up single “Let’s Put Our Love Together” peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The title song peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
whos cheating who album
In November of that same year, Charly released her fifth album “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
cheating who single
The title song became Charly’s first number-one hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, topping the chart for a week in February of 1981. Seventeen years later in 1997, Alan Jackson would cover the song for his album “Everything I Love” and his version peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
surround me with love
In May of 1981, Charly released her sixth album “Surround Me With Love” which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “Sleepin’ with the Radio On” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
very best
The last single from the album “The Very Best is You” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

During that same year, she guest-starred on an episode of the television series “Hart to Hart” and her life on the road was chronicled in an HBO network special called “So You Wanna Be a Star.”
too goodIn July of 1982, Charly’s seventh album “Too Good to Hurry” was released, peaking at #22 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
dancing memoryThe first single “Dancing Your Memory Away” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “With You” peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
paradiseIn April of 1983, Charly released her eighth album “Paradise” which peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The lead single “Fly into Love” peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “Paradise Tonight” (featuring singer Mickey Gilley) topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a week in October of 1983, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
woman in me
In December of that same year, Charly released her ninth album “The Woman in Me” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The single “Sentimental ‘Ol You” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single, a cover version of Freda Payne’s 1970 song “Band of Gold” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
takes believers
In April of 1984, Charly released her first duet album “It Takes Believers” with Mickey Gilley which peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The singles “Candy Man” (which peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “The Right Stuff” (which peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful. During that same year, Charly got married to former soap opera actor\singer Wayne Massey.
charly
In May of that same year, Charly released her tenth solo album “Charly” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The only single released from the album “Some Hearts Get All the Breaks” which peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
radio heart
In April of 1985, Charly released her eleventh album “Radio Heart” which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
radio heart single
The title song became Charly’s second number-one solo hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, topping the chart for a week in May of 1985.
just one look
The second single from the album “With Just One Look in Your Eyes” (a duet with her husband, Wayne Massey) peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

The third single, another duet with Wayne called “You Are My Music, You Are My Song” peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The last single from the album “So This is Love” peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
when love is rightIn February of 1986, Charly and Wayne released a duet album called “When Love is Right” which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The lead single from the album “When It’s Down to Me and You” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart and the title song peaked at #74 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
still i stay
In March of 1987, Charly released her twelfth solo album “Still I Stay” which peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
don't touch
The single “Don’t Touch Me There” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
and then some
The second single “And Then Some” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The last single, the title song peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. After completing her contract with Epic Records, Charly left the label.
chmclain album
In September of 1988, Charly released her self-titled and last album to date on the Mercury Records label.

The first single “Sometimes She Feels Like a Man” peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The follow-up single “Down the Road” peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

The last two singles from the album: “One On Your Heart, One on Your Mind” (which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “You Got the Job” (which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) were moderately successful.

By the early ’90s, Charly retired from touring & performing to spend time with her husband & their families. She took care of her mother, Virginia until her death in 2009.

These days, Charly and Wayne Massey reside in the Memphis, Tennessee area.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Let Me Be Your Baby,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “That’s What You Do to Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Who’s Cheating Who,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Surround Me With Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Dancing Your Memory Away,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sentimental ‘Ol You,” go to:

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

To see a video of Charly McClain and Mickey Gilley performing “Paradise Tonight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of Charly and Wayne Massey’s song “With Just One Look in Your Eyes,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Touch Me There,” go to:

 

 

 

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:

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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:

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Thelma Houston

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/

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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:

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Shelly West

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.

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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/

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