Category: 80’s


Candy Flip

Candy Flip
Candy Flip were a British electronic\dance band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of vocalist\keyboard player Danny Spencer and keyboard player Ric Anderson-Peet. Their name comes from the word “candyflipping” (which was the slang term for the practice of taking LSD and ecstasy at the same time).
spaceIn 1989, they released their debut single “Space” which didn’t chart at first, but when it was re-released a year later, it peaked at #98 on the U.K. Singles chart.
strawberryfieldsIn 1990, Candy Flip’s second single, a cover version of the Beatles’ 1967 song “Strawberry Fields Forever” became a hit, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the United States, it peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #11 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Their third single “Love Is Life” was released, but failed to make any music charts at all, but  the fourth single “This Can Be Real” peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
madstock
In 1991, Candy Flip released their debut and only album “Madstock… The Continuing Adventures of Bubble Car Fish.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the album charts at all.
redhillsroad
Their last single “Redhills Road” peaked at #86 on the U.K. Singles, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #19 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart. By 1992, Candy Flip had disbanded.

Ric Anderson-Peet went on to become a record producer and engineer, working with bands such as Six By Seven and the Charlatans.

Danny Spencer went on to form a music act called Sound 5 with DJ\producer Kelvin Andrews and released an album called “No Illicit Dancing” in 2000 and provided remixes for various artists. These days, he and Kelvin continue to work together under the name “Soul Mekanik.”

To see the Facebook page for Soul Mekanik, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/SoulMekanik/

To see the music video for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “This Can Be Real,” go to:

To see the music video for “Space,” go to:

To see the music video for “Redhills Road,” go to:

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Gregori Hunte

Gregori HunteGregori Hunte was a male R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Acme Music Corporation label.
somebody lied

In 1983, he released his debut and only single “Somebody Lied.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted, but the music video got some airplay on RockAmerica.

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

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Roman HollidayRoman Holliday was a British pop\new wave band from the ’80s.

It originally consisted of singer Steve Lambert (born on March 14, 1962 in Mile End, London), guitarist\vocalist Brian Bonhomme (born on September 30, 1962 in Harlow, Essex), drummer Simon Cohen (born on January 11, 1963 in Kings Cross, London), pianist Adrian York (born on July 11, 1961 in Chiswick, London), bass player Jon Durno (born on March 4, 1962 in Enfield, England), trumpet player John Eacott (born on December 19, 1961 in Reading, Berkshire) and saxophone player Rob Lambert (born on February 22, 1963 in Epping, Essex).

The band was formed in November of 1980 by Brian, Steve, Simon and Peter Noone (who would later leave the band after its formation). They were later joined by Rob and Jon followed by John Eacott. By the end of 1982, Adrian joined the band.
cookinIn 1983, Roman Holliday released their debut album “Cookin’ on the Roof” which peaked at #31 on the U.K. Albums chart in the United Kingdom.
RHIn the U.S., the album peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200 and a self-titled mini-album was released during that same year (which managed to peak at #142 on the Billboard 200).
standbyTheir first single “Stand By” peaked at #61 on the U.K. Singles chart and #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it the band’s only highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date). It also topped the Canadian Adult Contempory chart as well.

The music video for “Stand By” received airplay on MTV in the United States which helped the band gain exposure.
dont try to stop itThe second single from the album “Don’t Try to Stop It” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart (making it their highest charting song in the United Kingdom to date). It also peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100.
motormaniaThe last single from the album “Motomania” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t make any impact in the United States.
fire me upIn 1984, Roman Holliday released their sophomore and last album to date “Fire Me Up” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all. During that same year, Rob Lambert and John Eacott left the band.
one footThe lead single from the album “One Foot Back in Your Door” peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, but failed to chart in the United States.
hear it in the nightAnother song from the album “Hear It In the Night” was released as a single in Japan, but it’s unknown how it charted there. By 1985, Roman Holliday disbanded, but they briefly reunited in 2001 for a show at the Borderline in London.

After the band broke up, Steve Lambert formed a band with ex-Culture Club member John Moss called Heartbeat UK, but the band didn’t achieve a lot of success.

Steve later moved to New York where he worked as a design consultant. In 2001, he moved to Lewisberg, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife, Sue. These days, it appears as if he is back to writing, performing and recording music again.

Simon Cohen performed in a couple of bands after Roman Holliday broke up. He works as a taxi driver in London and looking for a band to manage for a new record label created by ex-Duran Duran member Nick Rhodes.

Brian Bonhomme formed music projects with Adrian York and Jon Durno, but none of them achieved the same success as Roman Holliday. These days, he works as a history professor at Youngstown State University.

Adrian York went on to work with various artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Jimmy Ruffin, Mari Wilson, Michael Bolton, Paul Young, Seal and Shirley Bassey. He has also written music for various corporate videos & presentations and worked on commercial jingles too.

These days, he works as a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster in London.

Jon Durno continued to be active in the music business, writing songs for Samantha Fox and worked as a keyboard\guitar technician for artists such as the Alan Parsons Project & Chris de Burg. These days, he has his own engineering business.

After John Eacott left Roman Holliday, he became the co-founder and composer for British jazz group Loose Tubes. He was also the orchestral director for the test department for their major multimedia shows in Glascow, Paddington, Vancouver and Valladolid.

He was also a writer for the show “Gorgengast” which played in the West End, London and toured worldwide from 1991 to 1997. He also wrote various compositions for television and film. These days, John works as a lecturer in Commercial Music at the University of Westminster.

As for Rob Lambert, he is currently working in the banking industry.

To see the music video for “Stand By,” go to:

To see the music video for “Don’t Try to Stop It,” go to:

To see the music video for “Motormania,” go to:

To see the music video for “One Foot Back in Your Door,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hear it In the Night,” go to:

Hy-Ryze

Love Is Alive And Well In YouHy-Rize was an R&B music act from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this music act, but Hy-Rize was signed to the ARI Records label.

In 1982, Hy-Rize released their only single “Love Is Alive And Well in You” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it’s unknown what happened to Hy-Rize and it seems as if they have faded into obscurity.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Daniele Alexander

daniele alexanderDaniele Alexander (born on December 2, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a country music singer from the late ’80s\early ’90s.

As a teenager, she first began singing jazz music before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada to sing in casinos. After living in Las Vegas, Daniele moved to Nashville, Tennessee by 1986 where she worked as a songwriter and ended up signing a record deal with Mercury Records.
first moveIn 1989, Daniele released her debut album “First Move” which peaked at #59 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
she's thereThe first single from the album “She’s There” peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks), making it Daniele’s only highest appearance on the chart to date.

The follow-up single “Where Did The Moon Go Wrong” which peaked at #53 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The last single released from the album “You Called” didn’t appear on the charts at all.
i dream in colorTwo years later in 1991, Daniele released her sophomore album “I Dream in Color” which didn’t chart at all on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
it wasn't you wasnt meThe lead single, a duet with labelmate Butch Baker called “It Wasn’t You, It Wasn’t Me” was the only single from the album to chart, peaking at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After leaving Mercury Records in 1991, Daniele wrote songs for artists such Betsy Smittle and Mila Mason. These days, it’s unknown what she’s currently up to and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “She’s There,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Where Did the Moon Go Wrong,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It Wasn’t You, It Wasn’t Me,” go to:

jackie mooreJackie Moore (born in 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an R&B singer from the ’70s. It’s unknown what her early life was like, but she moved to Philadelphia in the late ’60s.


Between 1968 to 1969, Jackie released three singles: “Dear John,” “Why Don’t You Call on Me” and “Loser Again.” It’s unknown if either of those singles made the charts.

After the lack of success from the singles, Jackie returned to Jacksonville and (partly owing to her cousin, producer Dave Crawford) signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
precious preciousIn 1970, Jackie released the single “Precious, Precious” which became a hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks). The single sold over 1 million copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1971.

Her next single “Darling Baby” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) in 1972, but missed the Hot 100. During that same year, she released another single called “Time” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks).
sweet charlie babeIn 1973, Jackie released her debut album “Sweet Charlie Babe” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
scharliebabeThe title song managed to peak at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, (staying on the chart for 13 weeks) and #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Jackie’s last charting single on the Hot 100 chart.
bothendsagainstmiddleThe last single released from the album “Both Ends Against the Middle” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
makemefeellikewomanIn 1975, Jackie released her sophomore album “Make Me Feel Like a Woman” on the Kayvette Records label which didn’t make the album charts at all. The title song peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, making it her highest charting single on the chart to date, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.


In 1976, Jackie released the singles “Puttin’ It Down to You” (which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart), “It’s Harder to Leave” (which peaked at #74 and “Disco Body (Shake It to the East, Shake it to the West)” (which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart).
make me yours
In 1978, Jackie released a cover version of singer Bettye Swann’s 1967 song “Make Me Yours” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
personally
During that same year, she released the single “Personally” which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
this time baby
In 1979, Jackie released a disco version of the O’Jays’ 1978 song “This Time Baby” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in August. It also peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks).
onmywayDuring that same year, she released her third album “I’m On My Way” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
with your loveIn 1980, she released her last album to date “With Your Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
love wont let me wait
She released a cover version of Major Harris’ song “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” with Barry White which managed to peak at #78 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
holding back
Her last chart appearance was in 1983 with the single “Holding Back” on the Catawba Records label which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

Jackie continued to release various singles throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, but she eventually retired from the music business to care for her family, but continued to make occasional appearances every now & then.

These days, it’s unknown what Jackie Moore is up to these days and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Sweet Charlie Babe,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Make Me Feel Like a Woman,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Make Me Yours,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” go to:

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

Rhonda Parris

Rhonda ParrisRhonda Parris was a dance music artist from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Covert Records label.
no no loveIn 1987, she released her only single “No No Love” which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Rhonda and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “No No Love,” go to:

Jamie Dean

jamie deanJamie Dean was a female pop\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Uptown Records label in the United Kingdom.
love childIn 1987, she released her debut single, a cover version of the Supremes’ song “Love Child.” The remixed version of the song managed to peak at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, but it’s unknown if it ever charted in the U.K.
heartbreak avenueA year later in 1988, Jamie released the single “Heartbreak Avenue.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Jamie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

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

Brenda RussellBrenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon on April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is an R&B singer\songwriter who began her music career in the ’70s.

Brenda was born & raised in Brooklyn and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she performed in local bands and also sang in a girl group called the Tiaras. In her late teen years, she joined the Toronto production of the musical “Hair.” During that time, Brenda began playing the piano.

In the early ’70s, she married musician Brian Russell and the two of them formed a duo called Brian & Brenda. Together, they released two albums and were featured as backing vocalists for Elton John’s 1975 concert at Wembley Stadium. By the late ’70s, Brenda and Brian divorced, so she moved on to pursue a solo career.
so good so rightIn 1979, after signing a record deal with the Horizon Records label, Brenda released her debut single “So Good, So Right” which became a top 30 hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks). The song also managed to peak at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart.
brussell79After that, Brenda released her self-titled debut album on A&M Records which peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
way back whenThe follow-up single “Way Back When” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

One of the tracks from the album “If Only For One Night” was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985. Another track from the album “A Little Bit of Love” has been sampled by artists such as Big Pun, Thalia and Ariana Grande.
love lifeIn 1981, Brenda released her sophomore album “Love Life” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.
love the one you loseThe only single from the album to chart was “If You Love (The One You Lose)” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. After that, Brenda left A&M Records and signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
two eyesIn 1983, Brenda released her third album “Two Eyes” which also didn’t generate a lot of success.

One of the tracks from the album “It’s Something” was covered by Lalah Hathaway in 1990 under the title “Somethin’.” After that, Brenda’s contract with Warner Bros. Records ended, so she moved to Sweden where she began writing songs for her next album.

Throughout the ’80s, Brenda has written songs for artists such as Anita Pointer, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer. By 1988, she returned to A&M Records.
get hereDuring that same year, she released her fourth album “Get Here” during that same year. The album peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to peak at #77 on the U.K. Albums chart.
piano in the darkThe first single from the album “Piano in the Dark” (which featured vocals from Joe Esposito) became Brenda’s only top 10 hit song to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).

In 1989, the song earned Brenda two Grammy Award nominations, including one for “Song of the Year.” The song has also been covered and sampled by various artists.
gravityThe second single from the album “Gravity” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart and #42 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
get hereThe third single “Get Here” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks). Three years later in 1991, Oleta Adams covered the song which became a hit on the music charts.
le restaurantThe last single released from the album “Le Restaurant” peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 4 weeks).
kiss meIn 1990, Brenda released her fifth album “Kiss Me with the Wind” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
stop running awayThe only single to chart from the album was “Stop Running Away” which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks).

In 1991, Brenda was featured on singer Gerald Alston’s song “Tell Me This Night Won’t End” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 5 weeks).
greatesthits92A year later in 1992, Brenda’s greatest hits compliation album was released. The album was the last album of hers that was released under A&M Records.

After that, Brenda signed a record deal with EMI Records and released her sixth album “Soul Talkin'” in 1993. The album didn’t chart, but one of the tracks “No Time for Time” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

After the release of her sixth album, Brenda took some time off to record her own music and composed songs for other artists. She also contributed to the score for the 1998 film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” In 1999, she appeared in the film “Liberty Heights” where she performed two songs that were written for the movie.
paris rainIn 2000, Brenda released her seventh album “Paris Rain” which was released on the Hidden Beach Records label. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Sheila E., Dave Koz and Carole King.

In 2003, Brenda signed a record deal in the United Kingdom with the Dome Records label where she released another compliation album called “So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell” and her eighth album “Between the Sun and the Moon” in 2004.

In 2005, Brenda wrote the score to the Broadway musical version of “The Color Purple.” She & her co-writers were nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Score” and a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album.”

In 2009, she released three tracks from her ninth studio album “This is Real Life” on her official website, but as of 2017, nothing much further information is given about the album and whether or not it will be released.

These days, Brenda continues to be active with her music career. In 2015, she moved from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas.

To see Brenda Russell’s official website, go to:
http://www.brendarussell.com/

To see Brenda’s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/brendarussellmusic/

To see a fan-made video for “So Good, So Right,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Way Back When,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You Love (The One You Lose),” go to:

To see the music video for “Piano in the Dark,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Gravity,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Stop Running Away,” go to:

To see the music video for “No Time for Time,” go to:

Sheila Andrews

sheila andrewsSheila Andrews (born Sheila Marlene Andrews on April 10, 1953 in Athens, Alabama) was a country music singer from the late ’70s\early ’80s. She was known for having a unique soulful singing voice that came as a result of a surgery to remove a tumor from her thyroid which lowered her voice.

Growing up, Sheila and her family moved from Alabama to Akron, Ohio. At the age of 16, she got married and had four children with her husband (whom she would later divorce).

While living in Ohio, Sheila got a job selling carpet over the phone for a business called CarpetTown. At the age of 23, she began singing in a nightclub where her second husband discovered her and urged her to move to Nashville, Tennessee to meet music producer Brien Fisher (who worked for the Ovation Records label) to begin a recording career.
love me like a womanIn 1978, Sheila signed a record deal with Ovation Records and released her debut album “Love Me Like a Woman.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it received a mixed review from The Ottawa Citizen, saying:

Andrews demonstrates a lot of potential on this album, but she has to quit being so self-conscious of her husky, wispy, voice and allow it to express more natural feelings.”

The first single from the album “Too Fast For Rapid City” peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The title song was released a single, but didn’t chart at all.
feelingThe last single from the album “I Gotta Get Back the Feeling” also peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
what i hadIn 1979, Sheila and country singer Joe Sun (who was also signed to Ovation Records) released the song “What I Had With You” which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The song would later be covered by singer John Conlee in 1981 whose version peaked at #12 on the country music charts.

lovesick

In September of 1980, she released her sophomore album “Lovesick.” Even though the album didn’t make the charts, it received positive reception from Billboard magazine, saying that its “snappy production enhances the glittering array of love ballads.”
dont get better than thisThe first single from the album “It Don’t Get Better Than This” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making it Sheila’s only highest chart appearance on the charts. Billboard even listed the song as a “Top Single Pick.”

The follow-up single from the album “Where Could You Take Me” peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The last single “Maybe I Should Have Been Listening” failed to chart, but it would later become a top 40 hit for singer Gene Watson.

In 1981, Ovation Records went out business, leaving Sheila without a record contract. In November of that same year, her furnace blew up at her house, leaving Sheila with burned hair, eyebrows and eyelashes from the incident.

crystal tearsIn 1982, Sheila released her last album “Crystal Tears” on the Brylen Records label, but no singles were released from the album.

Sadly on December 26, 1984, Sheila passed away from a fatal heart attack less than four months before her 32nd birthday.

To see a fan-made video for “Too Fast For Rapid City,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Me Like A Woman,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Gotta Get Back The Feeling,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What I Had With You” (with Joe Sun), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It Don’t Get Better Than This,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Where Could You Take Me,” go to:

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