Category: 80’s


Yvonne Gage

Yvonne Gage
Yvonne Gage (born on December 20, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an R&B singer who has been active in the music business since 1978.

When she was 14 years old, she became a member of a local R&B group called the Soulettes. After being introduced to producer Don Burnside, Yvonne was signed as his artist and she began touring as a back-up singer for funk artist Captain Sky.
garden of eve
After returning to Chicago, Yvonne signed a record deal with Atlantic Records where she released her first single “Garden of Eve” in 1981 which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and was quite success in Europe.

After the release of her first single, Yvonne was asked by rock band Ministry to tour as a featured singer. After that, she lent her voice for radio & commercial jingles.
virginityIn 1984, she released her debut album “Virginity” on the Chycago International Music (or C.I.M.) record label.
love's gonna pay you backThe first single from the album “Love’s Gonna Pay You Back” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
doin it in a haunted houseThe second single from the album “Doin’ It in a Haunted House” faired better, peaking at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart and #78 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
virginity singleThe last single from the album, the title song didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
lover of my dreamsDuring that same year, Yvonne released the single “Lover of My Dreams” which managed to peak at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart. Throughout the ’90s and ‘2000s, Yvonne continued to release music in between touring, recording, writing music and performing in musical theatre.
yvonne gage 2005In 2005, she released her self-titled album on the Reigning Records label, but the album is available on CD Baby.

These days, Yvonne’s career continues to be active and she has worked with various artists such as Celine Dion, Susan Boyle, Seal, Michael McDonald, Janelle Monae, Ashford & Simpson, Patti Austin, Madonna and David Foster.

To see Yvonne’s official website, go to:
http://www.yvonnegage.com/main.html

To see a fan-made video for “Garden of Eve,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love’s Gonna Pay You Back,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Doin’ It in a Haunted House,” go to:

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

Sylvia Striplin
Sylvia Striplin (born in March of 1954 in New York) was a R&B\soul singer from the late ’70s\early ’80s. She and her family moved to the North Bronx after their home in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem was destroyed in a fire.

As a child, Sylvia began taking piano lessons and performed in recitals. By her teenage years, she began singing professionally with two of her neighborhood friends Gus Falcon & Malcolm Ballinger.

After completing high school, she attended the City College of New York in Harlem. During the ’70s, Sylvia worked as a backup singer and was selected as an understudy in the musical “The Wiz” and later performed the role in the road company production, traveling to cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, Florida.

In the late ’70s, Sylvia was a member of the music group Aquarian Dreams and worked with musician Roy Ayers in his group Ladies of the Eighties. She would later sign a record deal with Roy’s record label, Uno Melodic.
give me your love albumIn 1981, Sylvia released her debut (and only) album “Give Me Your Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

Only two singles were released from the album, the title song & “Searching,” but like the album, it’s unknown how or if they made any impact on the charts at all. Another one of the tracks from Sylvia’s album “You Can’t Turn Me Away” was featured in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”.
keep pushing
In 1982, she released her last single to date “Keep Pushing” on Rissa Chrissa Records, but it didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts at all.

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Turn Me Away,” go to:

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

Keith John

Keith JohnKeith John (born D. Keith John) is an R&B singer\composer who is the son of late singer Little Willie John.
Try To Walk A Mile : I Just Wanna Be FreeHe and his brother Kevin recorded music together on RCA Records under the name “The John Brothers”, releasing the single ” I Just Wanna Be Free” in 1981. It’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

Throughout the ’80s, Keith provided vocals on albums for artists such as Tom Browne, Eddie Murphy, Jeffrey Osborne, Vanessa Williams, Teddy Pendergrass, Calloway, George Duke and Whitney Houston.
school dazeIn 1988, he was featured on the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film “School Daze” with the track “I Can Only Be Me.”
why don't we tryA year later in 1989, Kevin was featured on the soundtrack to another Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing” with the track “Why Don’t We Try” which was released as a single, but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, Keith tours as a backup singer for Stevie Wonder.

To follow Keith on Twitter, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Can Only Be Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Why Don’t We Try,” go to:

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for The John Brothers’ song “I Just Wanna Be Free,” go to:

Kathy Buck

don't beat around the bushKathy Buck was a female R&B\dance singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Buzz Records.

In 1983, she released her only single to date “Don’t Beat Around the Bush.” It’s unknown how or if it ever charted at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Beat Around the Bush,” go to:

MC Shan

MC ShanMC Shan (born Shawn Moltke on September 6, 1965 in Queensbridge, Queens, New York City, New York) is a male hip-hop\R&B artist, songwriter & producer. He is the cousin of DJ and record producer Marley Marl.
feed the worldIn 1985, he released his debut single “Feed the World” on MCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the song charted, but he was later dropped from the label. Despite that, he signed with Cold Chillin’ Records due to his relationship with Marley Marl & became a member of his Juice Crew All-Stars.

During that same year, MC Shan was involved in a hip-hop rivalry called “The Bridge Wars” (which was caused by a dispute over hip-hop music’s true birthplace and the retaliation over rejecting a record for airplay) that involved Marley Marl’s Juice Crew and hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions.

The feud began when he and Marley Marl released a track called “The Bridge.” It would eventually come to an end towards the end of the ’80s.

In 2016, MC Shan revived his part of the feud in an interview, pointing out that they never actually battled & that he was showing some resentment regarding the claim the KRS “took Shan out” and having to live with the stigma of “losing” the battle.

He would also claim that he wanted to record a response to the track “The Bridge Is Over”, but Marley Marl stopped him from doing so. He also included a three-minute freestyle in an over the phone interview and KRS quickly responded.
down by lawIn August of 1987, MC Shan released his debut album “Down By Law” which peaked at #40 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
let me lonelyThe only charting single from the album was the track “Left Me Lonely” which peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).

The other singles from the album: “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!”, “Beat Biter” and a remixed version of the album’s title track didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.
born to be wildIn October of 1988, MC Shan released his follow-up album “Born to Be Wild” which didn’t appear to chart at all.

The only single released from the album was “I Pioneered This”, but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all. During that same year, he was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Colors” with the track “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste”.
play it again shanIn 1990, MC Shan released his third (and last album to date) “Play it Again, Shan” which displayed a more mature style than his previous two albums, but didn’t appear to chart at all.

The singles released from the album “It Don’t Mean A Thing”, “Time For Us To Defend Ourselves” and “Ain’t It Good To You” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.

In 1992 and 1993, MC Shan released two singles on Cold Chillin’ Records’ sub-label, Livin’ Large: “Hip Hop Roughneck” and “Pee-Nile Reunion / Don’t Call It A Comeback.” Also in 1993, he produced Canadian hip-hop artist Snow’s song “Informer” which became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

His recording career took a break as he focused on producing music, but he was featured on Nas’ 2000 compliation album “QB’s Finest” on the track “Da Bridge 2000.”

These days, it appears as if MC Shan is still active with his music career and according to his Facebook page, he is planning on releasing a new album in mid-June of this year.

To see MC Shan’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/mcshanmusic/

To see a fan-made video for “Feed the World,” go to:

To see the music video for “Left Me Lonely,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Pioneered This,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” go to:

To see the music video for “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” go to:

To see the music video for “Time For Us to Defend Ourselves,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Hip Hop Roughneck,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Pee-Nile Reunion,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Call It a Comeback,” go to:

Judson SpenceJudson Spence (born on April 29, 1965 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a male pop singer\songwriter\instrumentalist from the ’80s.

After performing in showcases in Nashville, Tennessee in 1987, Judson received offers from 12 record companies, but he ultimately signed with Atlantic Records.
jspencealbumIn 1988, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Yeah, Yeah, YeahHis only charting single to date “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The follow-up singles from the album “Love Dies in Slow Motion”, “Hot & Sweaty” and “If You Don’t Like It” didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
drift awayAlso in 1988, Judson co-wrote Mark Lennon’s song “A Wonderful Life” which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Scrooged.” A year later, he was featured on the soundtrack to the ABC network series “The Wonder Years” with a cover version of Dobie Gray’s song “Drift Away.”

Before finishing up his follow-up album, Judson was dropped from Atlantic Records in 1991. During the ’80s and ’90s, he has written, produced & provided vocals for artists such as Michael English, Rich Mullens, Geoffrey Williams, Kim Boyce, Barry Lather, Trisha Yearwood, Dusty Springfield and Michael W. Smith.
painfaithjoyIn 1994, Judson wrote a song called “The Power” which was covered by Amy Grant & Cher and also used in an advertising campaign for Century 21. A year later in 1995, he released an independent album called “painfaithjoy.”

In 1997, he performed with Trisha Yearwood on her song “How Do I Live” and sang live with her at the American Music Awards, the Oscars, “The Tonight Show” and the CMA awards. He would later tour with her in 2000.
i guess i love itIn 1999, Judson released his third album “I Guess I Love It” which was released in Japan, but never released in the United States. In 2000, he provided vocals on Wynonna Judd’s album “New Day Dawning.”

In 2003, Judson released two more independent albums: “The Velvet Kitten Sessions” (which was a mainstream collection) and “Opus Dei” (which was a religious-themed album). He continued to provide vocals for artists such as Reba McEntire and Kevin Max.
sing the bluesIn 2014, Judson released a film about his life called “Sing the Blues”. It’s currently unknown what other projects he has planned for the future.

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

To see the music video for “Love Never Quits,” go to:

Eloise Whitaker

eloise whitakerEloise Whitaker was a female R&B\dance singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Destiny Records.
self titledIn 1981, she released her self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted.
don't turn your back on loveEloise’s only single “Don’t Turn Your Back On Love” peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Turn Your Back on Love,” go to:

To a fan-made video for “Fallin’ in Love” (from her debut album), go to:

Symba

symba
Symba was an R&B group from Washington, D.C. that was led by singers Gerald Holland & Sheryl Hawkins and featured members Michael Jones, Robert Lewis & Rodney Washington.
body baitIn 1980, the group released their only album to date “Body Bait” on Venture Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
hold onThe first single from the album “Hold On” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
hey youTheir follow-up single “Hey You” fared better, peaking at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. It was also featured as one of Billboard magazine’s “Top Single Picks” in the soul music category.

After that, it seems as if Symba has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the group are up to these days.

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

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

Lipps Inc.

Lipps IncLipps Inc. was a funk\dance music band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that was created by Steven Greenberg (born on October 24, 1950 in Saint Paul, Minnesota), who wrote & produced most of the music for the band.

The band consisted of lead singer & saxophonist Cynthia Johnson (born on April 22, 1956 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) and a changing line-up of session musicians such as guitarist David Rivkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle & bassist Terry Grant.
mouth to mouthIn November of 1979, Lipps Inc. released their debut album “Mouth to Mouth” on Casablanca Records with Cynthia on lead vocals. The album was certified Gold in the United States & Canada and Platinum in Hong Kong.
funkytownTheir first single “Funkytown” became a number-one hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks (becoming the band’s only number-one hit on the Hot 100 to date) & topping Billboard’s Hot Disco Singles chart in 1980 (along with the track “All Night Dancing”). It also peaked at #2 at Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

Internationally, the song topped the charts in countries such as Australia, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, New Zealand & Switzerland.

Since the release of “Funkytown,” it has been featured in various films, TV shows, commercials & was covered in 1987 by Australian band Pseudo Pseudo.
rock itThe follow-up single from the album “Rock It” peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & #85 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
pucker upIn 1980, Lipps Inc. released their sophomore album “Pucker Up” which appear didn’t chart in the United States, but managed to make the album charts in Sweden & Norway.
how longThey scored a minor hit with their cover version of British rock band Ace’s 1974 song “How Long” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & #29 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. Another single from the album “Tight Pair” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

In 1981, Lipps Inc. released their third album “Designer Music” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all. The title song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
hold me downThe follow-up single “Hold Me Down” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After the release of Lipps Inc.’s third album, Cynthia Johnson left the band & was replaced by vocalists Melanie Rosales & Margie Cox (also known as Ta Mara from Ta Mara & The Seen).

In 1983, the band released their last album “4” which flopped on the album charts. and didn’t appear to chart anywhere else.

The first single from the album “Addicted to the Night” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #78 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

The second single “Choir Practice” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
R-311475-1160024857Lipps Inc.’s last charting single “Does Anybody Know Me?” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

These days, Cynthia Johnson continues to be active in the music business, singing, performing & producing. In 2013, she released her solo album “All That I Am.”

In 1993, Steven Greenberg formed an independent music label called October Records & in 1998, he wrote & directed the documentary “Funkytown.” He later went on to pursue a career in web design and was the owner of the company, Designstein for 12 years.

In 2016, Steven released a digital collection called “The Funkytown 15” (which contains 15 versions of “Funkytown”). He is also invovled in a legal battle with Universal Music Group over the ownership of the “Funkytown” copyright.

As for the other members of the band, David Rivkin (who goes under the name “David Z”) went on to work with Prince and has produced music for other artists such as Neneh Cherry, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Elisa Fiorillo, Billy Idol & Fine Young Cannibals.

Melanie Rosales & Margie Cox have gone on to pursue separate careers in the music business.

Guitarist Tom Riopelle is still active in the music business and is part of a music act called RyvrWud. It’s unknown what bassist Terry Grant is up to these days & appears to have faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “All Night Dancing,” go to:

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

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

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

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

Minerva

minervaMinerva was a freestyle\dance artist from the ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to Blue Chip Records.

In 1985, she released her only single “Rescue Me.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

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

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