Category: 80’s


Miquel Brown

miquel brownMiquel Brown (born Michael Brown on February 8, 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a female dance\R&B singer. She is the step-sister of singer Amii Stewart (well known for her disco hit with the song “Knock On Wood”) and the mother of pop singer Sinitta.

Miquel’s parents changed the spelling of her first name, but kept the pronunciation of it so she wouldn’t be confused with Michael Brown, a male producer & children’s author from Texas.

Miquel was raised in Vancouver, Canada and gave birth to her twin daughters Sinitta & Greta when she was only 14 years old. After landing the role of Sheila in the musical “Hair,” she left her university to perform & tour with the company.

In 1973, she was cast as the lead role in “Decameron ’73” at the Roadhouse in London, England. Miquel also appeared in various films and TV series such as “Rollerball” and a TV film called “Regan.” In 1978, she also appeared in the film “Superman” in a non-speaking role.

In 1976, Miquel portrayed the role of Sister Anna in the musical “Mardi Gras” which attracted the attention of musician Alan Hawkshaw, who signed her to a record deal.
symphony of loveIn 1978, Miquel released her debut album “Symphony of Love” on Polydor Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The tracks “Dancing With the Lights Down Low” and the title song managed to peak at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
manpowerIn 1983, Miquel met music producers Ian Levine & Fiancra Trench and released her sophomore album “Manpower” on the Record Shack Records label. Like her debut album, it’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
somanymenThe lead single from the album “So Many Men, So Little Time” peaked at #88 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful on the dance charts in the U.S., peaking at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. When the song was re-released in 1984, it fared better on the U.K. Singles chart, peaking at #78 on the chart.
saintnotsinnerThe follow-up single from the album “He’s A Saint, He’s A Sinner” peaked at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
beelineThe last single from the album “Beeline” peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. After the release of her sophomore album, Miquel spent the next two years appearing in stage productions such as “Only in America” and “The Leiber and Stoller Musical”.
close to perfectionIn 1985, she released her third (and to date, last) album “Close to Perfection”. Like Miquel’s previous two albums, it’s unknown how or if the album made the album charts at all.

The title song peaked at #63 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming Miquel’s highest charting song in the United Kingdom to date. The follow-up single “Black Leather” peaked at #85 on the U.K. Singles chart.
ontheradioDuring that same year, Miquel released the single “On the Radio” which didn’t appear to chart at all. In 1986, she filled in for Helen Scott (of R&B music act The Three Degrees) while Helen was pregnant.

Between 1986 and 1989, she released two more singles on the Nightmare Records label: “Footprints in the Sand” & “This Time It’s Real”, but neither of them appeared to chart at all.

In the ’90s, Miquel released the single “I Was Strong (My Moment)” (in 1990) and “It’s A Sin” (in 1997), but throughout the ’90s and 2000s, she focused more on her acting career, appearing in various films & plays.

These days, Miquel appears to still be active as an actress and as of 2013, she completed filming a short film called “Iced: A Quick Freeze.”

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

To see a fan-made video for “Dancin’ With the Lights Down Low,” go to:

To see the music video for “So Many Men, So Little Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He’s a Saint, He’s a Sinner,” go to:

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Footprints in the Sand,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Was Strong (My Moment),” go to:

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

Patti Austin

patti-austinPatti Austin (born on August 10, 1950 in Harlem, New York) is a female R&B\jazz singer who made her first debut on the music charts in the ’60s, but it wasn’t until the ’80s that she got numerous pop, R&B and dance hits on the charts.

Patti’s father, Gordon Austin was a jazz trombonist, her godmother is singer Dinah Washington and her godfather is musician\producer Quincy Jones. At the age of 4, Patti made her singing debut at the Apollo Theater and signed a record deal at the age of 5. During the ’60s, she worked as a session musician who sang background vocals & commercial jingles.
the-family-treeIn 1969, Patti’s song “The Family Tree” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
end-of-rainbowIn 1976, she released her debut album “End of a Rainbow” on jazz record label, CTI Records which managed to peak at #31 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart. The only song from the album to chart was “Say You Love Me” which peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
patti_austin_-_havana_candyIn 1977, Patti released her follow-up album “Havana Candy” which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200.

The song “We’re in Love” peaked at #90 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In 1978, she appeared on Quincy Jones’ song “Love, I Never Had It So Good” (which also featured Charles May) which peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

Patti later sang on a song called “Love Light” by Japanese musician Yukata Yokokura and appeared on Michael Jackson’s album “Off the Wall”, singing a duet with him called “It’s the Falling in Love.” She also provided vocals for artists such as Angela Bofill, Noel Pointer and Roberta Flack.
body-languageIn 1980, Patti released her third album “Body Language” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and #62 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The title song managed to peak at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
r-834782-1188320475During that same year, Patti appeared on Quincy Jones’ album “The Dude” on the track “Razzmatazz” which managed to peak at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. She was later signed to Quincy Jones’ record label, Qwest Records.
everyhomeIn 1981, Patti released her fourth album “Every Home Should Have One” which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200, #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #9 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
do-you-love-meThe first single from the album “Do You Love Me” (along with another track from the album “The Genie”) topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for 2 weeks in October of 1981 and peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
everyhomesingleThe second single, the title song peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #55 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
babycometomePatti scored her biggest hit to date with the duet “Baby, Come To Me” featuring James Ingram which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in February of 1983 and also topped Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

Originally, the song peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was first released, but after gaining exposure when it was played on the ABC network soap opera “General Hospital,” it became a big hit.
howkeepmusicIn 1983, Patti scored a moderate hit with another duet featuring James Ingram called “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Best Friends”) that peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #6 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
in-my-lifeDuring that same year, Patti released a compliation album called “In My Life” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The title song peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
paustinIn 1984, Patti released her self-titled fifth album which peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 chart.its-gonna-be-specialThe first single from the album “It’s Gonna Be Special” (which was also featured on the soundtrack for the film “Two of a Kind”) peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. It also managed to peak at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
rhythmThe follow-up single “Rhythm of the Street” (which was remixed by producer John “Jellybean” Benitez) peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #33 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
shoot-the-moonThe last single from the album “Shoot the Moon” peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks) & #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. In 1985, she appeared on musician Narada Michael Walden’s song “Gimme Gimme Gimme” which was moderately successful on the R&B charts.
gettin-away-with-murderDuring that same year, Patti released her sixth album “Gettin’ Away With Murder” which peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200 and #25 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
honeyforbeesThe lead single “Honey For the Bees” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
heat-of-heatThe follow-up single “The Heat of Heat” peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming her last appearance on the Hot 100 to date), #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #13 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
gettin-away-with-murder-singleThe title song peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
the-real-meIn 1988, Patti appeared in the film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” During that same year, she released her seventh album “The Real Me” which peaked at #56 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart & #7 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
smoke-gets-in-your-eyesThe only single released from the album was “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
love-is-gonna-getchaIn 1990, Patti released her eighth album “Love Is Gonna Getcha” on GRP Records which peaked at #93 on the Billboard 200, #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
through-the-test-of-timeThe only single to chart from the album “Through the Test of Time” peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #60 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
carry-onIn 1991, Patti released her ninth album “Carry On” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart & #13 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
giving-into-loveThe only single to chart from the album “Givin’ Into Love” peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
that-secret-placeIn 1994, she released her tenth album “That Secret Place” which peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
reachThe only single from the album “Reach” became a top 5 dance hit, peaking at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
jukeboxdreamsIn 1996, Patti released her eleventh album “Jukebox Dreams” which was only released in Japan. It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the charts.

In the late ’90s, Patti released two more albums “In & Out of Love” (in 1998) and “Street of Dreams” (in 1999), but they didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts at all.
on-the-way-to-loveIn 2001, Patti released her fourteenth album “On the Way to Love” which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
for-ellaIn 2002, Patti released her fifteenth studio album “For Ella” (which was a tribute to jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald) which peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In 2003, she collaborated with Hong Kong Cantopop singer Frances Yip on a program called “Papillon III” in the rotunda of the San Francisco City Hall in order to benefit the Jade Ribbon Campaign of Stanford University.avant-gershwinIn 2007, Patti released her sixteenth album “Avant Gershwin” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and won the 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”. She also sang and co-produced the charity single “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”.
soundadviceIn 2011, Patti released her seventeenth album “Sound Advice” which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart. She also appeared in the Academy Award-winning documentary film “20 Feet from Stardom” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in June of 2013.

These days, Patti continues to be active with her music career and still performs live. She has written & created her own one-woman show and co-created a musical called “Beboperella.”

She is also active in philantrophic work with “The Over My Shoulder Foundation” (which she also co-founded) and performs for AIDS-related organizations.

To see Patti Austin’s official website, go to:
http://pattiaustin.com

To see a fan-made video for “The Family Tree,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Love, I Never Had It So Good,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We’re in Love,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Every Home Should Have One,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In My Life,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Rhythm of the Street,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Shoot the Moon,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Honey For the Bees,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Heat of Heat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Gettin’ Away With Murder,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” go to:

To see the music video for “Through the Test of Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Givin’ Into Love,” go to:

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

Fire on Blonde

fire-on-blondeFire on Blonde was a pop\dance music duo from Los Angeles, California that originally consisted of singer Suzie Benson and keyboardist Jim Vukovich.
stop-and-thinkThe duo formed in 1985 and a year later in 1986, they released their debut single “Stop and Think” which didn’t appear to generate any success. Due to creative differences with Suzie Benson, Jim Vukovich left Fire on Blonde in 1987 and was replaced by Swedish keyboardist Scott Rudgress.
bounce-backDuring that same year, Fire on Blonde released their second single “Bounce Back” which also failed to gain any success, but three years later in 1990, pop\dance singer Alisha covered the song which became a moderate hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
wrong-numberFire on Blonde’s last single “Wrong Number” was released, but didn’t chart. It also covered in 1990 by pop\dance singer Alisha for her album “Bounce Back.” In 1988, Fire on Blonde disbanded.

These days, Suzie Benson continues to sing along with doing voice over & writing songs for television & movie placements, vocal producing in-studio for artists and teaches voice & acting. It’s unknown what Jim Vukovich and Scott Rundgress are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Stop and Think,” go to:

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

Cristina

cristina-monetCristina (born Cristina Monet-Palaci on January 2, 1959) is a former female pop singer who was best known for her “no wave” recordings back in the ’80s. She is the daughter of a French psychoanalyst and an American illustrator-novelist-playwright and attended Harvard, but later dropped out.

Cristina was working as a writer for the Village Voice when she met Michael Zikha (a wealthy heir to England’s Mothercare retail empire), who was starting his own record label, ZE Records and convinced her to record a song called “Disco Clone.”
disco-cloneIn 1978, “Disco Clone” was released as a single which gained some cult success and encouraged ZE Records to release a full-length album.
cristinaIn 1980, Cristina released her self-titled debut album on ZE Records. It was produced by August Darnell (from Kid Creole & the Coconuts). It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

During the same year, she released two singles: a cover version of the Beatles’ song “Drive My Car” (also released as “Baby, You Can Drive My Car”) and a cover of Peggy Lee’s song “Is That All There Is?” Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the songs made any impact on any music charts at all.

la-poupee-qui-fait-non Another single from the album “La Poupée qui fait non” was released, but didn’t appear to generate a lot of success.
things-fall-apart
In 1981, Cristina released the single “Things Fall Apart” on ZE’s Christmas Record. It was produced by Was (Not Was), but it’s unknown if it charted at all. In 1983, she got married to Michael Zilkha.

In 1984, she released her follow-up album “Sleep it Off”. Despite receiving some moderate reception by critics, the album flopped along the only single released from the album “Ticket to the Tropics”.

After that, Cristina left the music business and went on to lead a more domestic life in Texas.

In 1990, Cristina and Michael Zilkha divorced & Cristina returned to New York where she continued to work as a writer, contributing reviews & essays to various publications such as London’s Times Literary Supplement and has also made demos for books on tape.

In 2005, Cristina’s two albums were re-issued and her debut album was re-issued under the name “Doll in the Box.”

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Baby, You Can Drive My Car,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “La Poupée qui fait non,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Things Fall Apart,” go to:

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

Vision

visionVision was an R&B duo from the ’80s that consisted of members Brandon McLaughlin and Leni Law. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Wilbe Recording Corporation record label.
vision-albumIn 1986, they released their only album to date, “Exposed.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The title song was released as the first single, but it didn’t appear to chart at all.
do-it-tonightThe follow-up single from the album “Do It Tonight” also failed to make any impact on any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Vision has faded into obscurity, but according to the Soul and Funk Music website, they now reside in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s unknown if they’re still active in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for “Do It Tonight,” go to:

Koffie

and-im-telling-youKoffie was a female dance music singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Pandisc Records.

In 1983, she released a cover version of Jennifer Holliday’s song “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
total-eclipseA year later in 1984, Koffie released her second single, a cover version of Bonnie Tyler’s hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Like her previous single, it’s unknown how or if this song made the charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” go to:

AmerAsia

amerasiaAmerAsia was an R&B music artist from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but AmerAsia was signed to Honey Records.

In 1980, AmerAsia released the single “Dragon Lady / Right Direction.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any music charts at all. After that, it seems as if AmerAsia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what this artist is up to these days.

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

Christina

a-583545-1473890854-3747Christina was a freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Skyyline Records.

In 1988, she released the single “Come and Get It.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Come and Get It,” go to:

super-breakerThe Sonarphonics were an electro\hip-hop music duo that consisted of James McCauley and Rick Fields. Not much information is given about them, but they released two singles during the ’80s.

In 1984, they released their first single “Super Breaker” on Bound Sound Records. It’s unknown how much impact on the song made on the charts.
attack-planet-bassAfter the release of their debut single, nothing much was heard from the Sonarphonics until 1988 when they released the single “Attack On The Planet Of Bass” on Pandisc Records. Like their first single, it’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if the Sonarphonics faded into obscurity. These days, James McCauley appears to still be active in the music business, writing & producing. As for Rick Fields, it’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Attack On The Planet Of Bass,” go to:

street-warsPalmerforce Two were an electro\hip-hop music act from the ’80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Pandisc Records.

In 1984, they released their only single “Street Wars.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if the Palmerforce Two has faded into obscurity and nothing much has been heard from them since the ’80s.

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