Category: 80’s


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.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Flight 309 to Tennessee,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Another Hotel Memory,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Somebody Buy This Cowgirl a Beer,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Now There’s You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Make Me Wait on the Moon,” go to:

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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/

To see a fan-made video for “Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Slow Boat to China,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Baby I Want It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Walk Me in the Rain,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What a Girl Next Door Could Do,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Love and Other Fairy Tales,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He’s Gotta Have Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Maybe You Wouldn’t Be Missin’ Me Tonight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “How ‘Bout Us,” go to:

Lena Zavaroni

Lena ZavaroniLena Zavaroni (born Lena Hilda Zavaroni on November 4, 1963 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland) was a Scottish pop music singer from the mid-’70s\early ’80s.

Lena grew up in the small town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in Scotland with her parents, Victor (who played the guitar) & Hilda (who was a singer) who also owned a fish and chip shop. She first began singing when she was 2 years old.

In the summer of 1973, Lena was discovered by record producer Tommy Scott after hearing her sing with her dad & uncle in a band. Scott then contacted impresario Phil Solomon which lead to his partner, Dorothy becoming Lena’s manager.

In 1974, Lena appeared on the British TV and radio talent show “Opportunity Knocks” for a record-breaking 5 weeks running.
ma albumDuring that same year, she released her debut album “Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Albums chart, making Lena the youngest person to have an album chart in the Top 10 in the U.K. at the age of 10.
ma singleThe title song peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles chart, but in the United States, the single flopped, peaking at a low #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it her only chart appearance in the U.S.).

While in the United States, Lena performed at a Hollywood charity show with Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra. She also guest-starred on “The Carol Burnett Show” and even performed at the White House for then-U.S. president Gerald Ford.


During that same year, Lena released the single “(You’ve Got) Personality” which peaked at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart. She also released her second album “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

From 1977 to 1979, she released three more albums “Presenting Lena Zavaroni”,
“Songs Are Such Good Things” and “Lena Zavaroni And Her Music” which didn’t match the success of her debut album.

In 1978, Lena appeared in two television specials: “Lena and Bonnie” (featuring child star Bonnie Langford) and “Lena Zavaroni on Broadway.” During her teen years, she suffered from anorexia nervosa which Lena blamed on the pressure placed on her to fit in the costumes while she was “developing as a woman” at the same time.
Hold Tight, It's Lena ‎(From 1980 to 1982, Lena hosted her own variety television series “Lena” on the BBC. In 1982, she released her last album “Hold Tight, It’s Lena.”

Lena continued to suffer from her eating disorder throughout the ’80s. In 1989, she married a computer consultant named Peter Wiltshire, but they separated 18 months later. During that same year, her mother died from a tranquilliser overdose and a fire destroyed all of her show business mementos.

After her marriage came to an end, Lena moved to Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire in Elgnad to be close to her father and stepmother. During that time, she was living on state benefits.

In 1999, she was accused of stealing a 50p packet of jelly, but the charges were later dropped.

In September of that same year, Lena underwent a surgical procedure to help relieve her depression. Although she appeared to be in good condition after the procedure, Lena developed a chest infection three weeks later and on October 1, 1999, she passed away from bronchial pneumonia. She was 35 years old.

To see more videos on YouTube of Lena performing, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnRWKDuuHJbr6v84JfNN3MQ

To see a video of Lena performing “Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “(You’ve Got) Personality,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “Music, Music, Music” (from her album “If My Friends Could See Me Now”), go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “Air Love” (from her album “Presenting Lena Zavaroni”), go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “I Should’ve Listened to Mama,” go to:

To see a video of Lena performing “Hold Tight,” go to:

To see a video of the opening credits of Lena’s TV show, go to:

As a bonus, here is a video of Lena performing “Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me” on “The Tonight Show”:

Vicki Sue RobinsonVicki Sue Robinson (born on May 31, 1954 in Harlem, New York) was a female pop\disco\dance music singer and actress from the late ’70s. She was born to African-American Shakespearean actor Bill Robinson and his European American wife and folk singer, Marianne.

Vicki spent most of her early years residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1960, when she was only 6 years old, she gave her first public performance when she joined her mother on stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. At the age of 10, she and her family returned to New York, living in New York City.

When she was 16 years old while attending the New Lincoln School, Vicki joined the Broadway cast of the music “Hair.” After that, she appeared in the off-Broadway play “Long Time Coming, Long Time Gone.” She also had bit parts in films such as “Going Home” (in 1971) and “To Find a Man” (in 1972).

Vicki would later return to Broadway where she joined the cast of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She made her recording debut, singing background on Todd Rundgren’s 1972 album “Something\Anything?”

In 1973, she spent some time in Japan with musician Itsuro Shimoda, with whom she toured with nationally and did session work on his album “Love Songs and Lamentations.” She also worked as a model, a waitress and for “Ms. Magazine.”

In 1975, Vicki was providing vocals at a New York recording session for Scott Fagan’s album “Many Sunny Places” where RCA Records producer\engineer Warren Schatz heard her sing and saw her potential as a disco-oriented artist.
Baby, Now That I Found YouSchatz invited Vicki to cut some demos including a remake of The Foundations’ song “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” which was released a single in 1975. Although the single flopped, RCA Records allowed Schatz to produce Vicki’s upcoming debut album.
Never Gonna Let You GoDuring that same year, Vicki released the title song to her upcoming album “Never Gonna Let You Go” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart.
never gonna let you go albumIn 1976, Vicki’s debut album “Never Gonna Let You Go” was released which peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 and #39 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.
turn the beat aroundThe follow-up single “Turn the Beat Around” became a big hit, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #73 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and topped Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart for 4 weeks, making it Vicki’s only top 10 hit to date. Internationally, it was successful in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The song also earned Vicki a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” Eighteen years later in 1994, Gloria Estefan covered “Turn the Beat Around” which also became a number-one hit on the dance music charts.
common thiefThe last single from the album “Common Thief” also topped Billboard’s Disco File Top 20 chart.
VS RobinsonDuring that same year, Vicki released her self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 and #39 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.
daylightThe lead single from the album, a cover version of Bobby Womack’s song “Daylight” peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s dance music chart and #91 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for only 2 weeks).
shouldistayThe follow-up single “Should I Stay/I Won’t Let You Go” peaked at #104 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but failed to chart on the R&B and disco music charts.
hold tightIn 1977, Vicki released a cover version of David Gates’ song “Hold Tight” which peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s dance music chart and #91 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 3 weeks).
half and halfIn 1978, Vicki released her third album “Half and Half” which peaked at #110 on the Billboard 200 and #56 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart.

The follow-up single from the album “Trust in Me\Don’t Try to Win Me Back Again” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s dance music chart. The last single released from the album “Jealousy” didn’t chart at all.

In 1979, Vicki contributed the track “Easy to Be Hard” to Warren Schatz’s album “Disco Spectacular”. During that same year, she released her last album “Movin’ On”. The only released from the album “What’s Happening in My Life” flopped just like the album.
Nightime Fantasy
Also in 1979, Vicki scored another dance hit with the track “Nighttime Fantasy” which peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #21 on Billboard’s dance music chart. She also appeared in the film “Gangsters”.
nothin but heartache
In 1980, Vicki signed a record deal with Ariola Records where she released her only single on the label “Nothin’ But a Heartache” which didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. She also sang background vocals on Irene Cara’s hit song “Fame.”
hot summer nights
In 1981, Vicki released the single “Hot Summer Nights” on Prelude Records which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

A year later in 1982, she released the singles “Summertime Fun” (on the Promise Records label) and “Give My Love Back/I’m Here & I’m Hot” (on the Perfect Records label). It’s unknown how much impact any of the two singles made at all.
to sir with love
In 1983, Vicki released a cover version of Lulu’s song “To Sir With Love” on Profile Records which peaked at #7 on the music charts in Australia and #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
everlasting love
In 1984, she released a cover version of Robert Knight’s song “Everlasting Love” which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #83 in Australia.
grab them cakes
In 1985, Vicki was featured on the album “The Wrestling Album” on a duet with late wrestler Junkyard Dog called “Grab Them Cakes.”

Throughout the rest of the ’80s, Vicki continued to be active in the music business, singing back-up vocals for artists such as Cher and Michael Bolton.

She also established herself as a jingle singer for products such as Folgers’ coffee, Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum, Maybelline cosmetics, Hanes underwear and Downy fabric softener. From 1987 to 1988, she also provided the singing voice for the characters Minx and Rapture in the 1980s animated TV series “Jem.”
for real
In the ’90s after Gloria Estefan’s cover version of “Turn the Beat Around” became a hit, Vicki regained some publicity and she was inspired to re-record the song for the b-side of her 1995 single “For Real” which didn’t make the charts at all.
house of joyIn 1996, she provided backing vocals for RuPaul’s album “Foxy Lady” where she was featured on the track “A Little Bit of Love.” A year later in 1997, she recorded the song “House of Joy” for DJ\producer Junior Vasquez which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it her first and only hit single in the U.K.

During that same year, Vicki also recorded the song “My Stomp, My Beat” for the film “Chasing Amy” and appeared in the Comedy Central network mock TV documentary “Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel.”

In the mid ’90s, a resurge of disco music led Vicki (along with other disco music artists such as Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People and KC & the Sunshine Band) to embark on a world tour which was well-received.

In 1999, after returning to the United States, Vicki returned to theatre where she performed in a off-Broadway musical called “Vicki: Behind the Beat.” She was also featured on the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master soundtrack with the track “Pokémon (Dance Mix).”
move onIn September of that same year, Vicki released her last single “Move On” which peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. During that same month, she had to withdraw from her off-Broadway show due to poor health.

In 2000, Vicki appeared in the independent film “Red Lipstick”. Sadly, eleven days after the film was released, she passed away of cancer on April 27, 2000 at her home in Wilton, Connecticut at the age of 45.

To see a fan-made video for “Baby Now That I Found You,” go to:

To see a video of Vicki Sue Robinson performing “Turn the Beat Around,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Should I Stay\I Won’t Let You Go,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “What’s Happening in My Life,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Easy to Be Hard,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Hot Summer Night,” go to:

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Grab Them Cakes,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “House of Joy,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Pokemon 2000,” go to:

kadamsKaylee Adams (born on September 10, 1955 in Navarre, Ohio) was a female country music\soft rock singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warner Bros. Records.

In 1986, she had her only chart appearance to date with the single “I Can’t Help The Way I Don’t Feel” which peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

According to the iMDB website, Kaylee released a song called “Paradise” which was featured in the films “White Water Summer” (in 1987) and “Little Nikita” (in 1988).

These days, it appears as if Kaylee Adams has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Help The Way I Don’t Feel,” go to:

Stephanie Winslow

Stephanie WinslowStephanie Winslow (born on August 27, 1956 in Yankton, South Dakota) was a country music singer from the late ’70s and early ’80s.
say you love meIn 1979, Stephanie released her debut single, a cover version of Fleetwood Mac’s song “Say You Love Me” which peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it her first hit (and only) single on the chart.
crying singleHer second single, a cover version of Roy Orbison’s song “Crying” was also successful, peaking at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
crying albumIn 1980, Stephanie released her debut album “Crying” on the Warner Bros.\Curb Records label which managed to peak at #14 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
I Can't RememberThe third and last single from the album “I Can’t Remember” peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
try it onDuring that same year, Stephanie released the single “Try It On” which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Her next single, a cover version of Bread’s song “Baby, I’m A Want You” peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
dakotaIn 1981, Stephanie released her sophomore album “Dakota” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
Anything But Yes Is Still A NoThe third single from the album “Anything Yes Is Still a No” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
Hideaway HealingThe fourth single released from the album “Hideaway Healing” peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

I've Been A Fool ‎ The last single “I’ve Been a Fool” and a cover version of Dan Hill’s song “Sometimes When We Touch” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
When You Walk In The RoomDuring that same year, Stephanie released the single, a cover version of Jackie DeShannon’s song  “When You Walk Into the Room” which was moderately successful, peaking at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

In 1982, she released the singles “Slippin’ and Slidin'” (which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Don’t We Belong in Love” (which peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).

In 1983, Stephanie released the singles “Nobody Else for Me” (which peaked at #61 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart) and “Kiss Me Darling” (which peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart).
dancin devilIn 1984, she released the single “Dancin’ with the Devil” which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
baby come to meDuring that same year, Stephanie released her last single, a cover version of James Ingram & Patti Austin’s duet, “Baby, Come To Me” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

After that, it seems as if Stephanie Winslow has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s and it’s currently unknown what she is up to these days.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Remember,” go to:

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

To see a video for “Baby, I’m a Want You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Anything Yes Is Still a No,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Sometimes When We Touch,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When You Walk in the Room,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Slippin’ and Slidin’,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t We Belong in Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In Between Lovers,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Nobody Else for Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Dancin’ with the Devil,” go to:

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

cyndi greccoCyndi Grecco (born on May 19, 1952 in New York, New York) was a pop music singer well-known for singing the theme song to the 1970s television sitcom “Laverne and Shirley.”

Originally, the theme song was titled “Hoping Our Dreams Come True,” but producers told songwriters Charles Fox and Norman Gimbell that it didn’t fit for the show’s characters, so it was changed to “Making Our Dreams Come True” and Cyndi was chosen to sing the song.
making our dreams come true

“Making Our Dreams Come True” became a hit on the music charts, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in 1976. It also peaked at #16 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart. The song became Cyndi’s only song to make the charts.
dreams come trueDuring that same year, Cyndi released her debut album “Making Our Dreams Come True” on Private Stock Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The follow-up singles from the album “Watching You,” “I Think I Can Make It,” “Dancing, Dancing” and “Hello Again” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
this time in it for love
In 1977, Cyndi released the single “This Time (I’m In It For Love)”. It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all. During that same year, she sang the theme song to another TV sitcom, the short-lived ABC series “Blansky’s Beauty” called “I Want It All.”
wish upon a star
After that, not much was heard from Cyndi until 1982 when she released her sophomore album “Wish Upon a Star” on the Great West Entertainment, Ltd. record label. It’s unknown how much impact the album made.
you made love come true
Cyndi’s last musical release was in 1989 with the single “You Made Love Come True” on the Sing Me Records Label.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Making Our Dreams Come True,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Think I Can Make It,” go to:

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

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

As a bonus, here are the opening credits of the sitcoms that Cyndi sang the theme song to:

To see the opening credits for “Laverne and Shirley” (featuring the theme song “Making Our Dreams Come True), go to:

To see the opening credits for “Blansky’s Beauties” (featuring the theme song “I Want It All),” go to:

 

 

James Lee Wild

James Lee WildJames Lee Wild was a pop music singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Polydor Records.

In 1989, he released his debut single “The Best is Yet to Come” which didn’t appear to make the charts nor did the follow-up single “Who’s Got My Number.
stroke of luck
James’ third single “Stroke of Luck” managed to peak at #97 on the U.K. Singles chart. After that, it seems as if James Lee Wild has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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Loose Ends

loose endsLoose Ends are a British R&B band from London, England that originally consisted of founder & keyboardist Steve Nichol, singer Jane Eugene and guitarist Carl McIntosh.

The band was founded by Steve after leaving the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he got extensive classical music training. Originally called Loose End, they signed a record deal with Virgin Records in 1981.

Between 1982 and 1983, the band released three singles “In the Sky,” “We’ve Arrived” and “Don’t Hold Back Your Love”, but neither of them made the charts. By 1983, they changed their name to Loose Ends and signed a U.S. record deal with MCA Records in 1984.
Tell Me What You Want
In February of that same year, Loose Ends released the first single from their upcoming debut album “Tell Me What You Want” which peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song managed to peak at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
emergency
Their follow-up single “Emergency (Dial 999)” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
a little spiceIn May of 1984, Loose Ends released their debut album “A Little Spice” which peaked at #46 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., it peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
choose me
Their third single from the album “Choose Me (Rescue Me)” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart, #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #47 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
hanging on a string
The last single from the album “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” became a hit for Loose Ends, peaking at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart, #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July of 1985 (making them the first British band to top the Billboard R&B charts) & stayed on the chart for 21 weeks.

In 1992, a remixed version of the song peaked at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart.
so where are youIn August of 1985, Loose Ends released their sophomore album “So Where Are You?” which peaked at #13 on the U.K. Albums chart and #33 on the album charts in New Zealand. The album features their hit single “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” [which appeared on the U.S. version of their debut album].
magic touchThe lead single from the album “Magic Touch” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. A remixed version of the song peaked at #75 in 1992.
golden yearsThe follow-up single, a cover version of David Bowie’s song “Golden Years” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart.
zagoraIn May of 1986, Loose Ends released their third album “Zagora” which peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200 chart, #15 on the U.K. Albums chart and #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Stay A Little While, ChildThe lead single from the album “Stay a Little While, Child” peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart, #49 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
Slow DownThe second single “Slow Down” topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in March of 1987, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. It also peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
nights of pleasureThe third single from the album “Nights of Pleasure” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart and #58 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
ooh you make me feelThe fourth single “Ooh, You Make Me Feel” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.S.
can't stop rainThe last single from the album “You Can’t Stop the Rain” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.K.
the real chuckeeboo
In 1988, Loose Ends released their fourth album “The Real Chuckeeboo” which peaked at #52 on the U.K. Albums chart, #80 on the Billboard 200 chart and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
mr bachelorThe lead single from the album “Mr. Bachelor” peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
watching youThe follow-up single “Watching You” flopped in the U.K., peaking at #82 on the U.K. Singles chart, but was successful in the U.S. where it peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
lifeThe last single from the album “Life” didn’t chart in the U.K., but managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.

Loose Ends’ fourth album would be the last album to feature all three original members of the band. By 1990, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol left the band due to creative differences. They were replaced by musicians Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman.
look how longDuring that same year, the band released their last album to date “Look How Long” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums chart, #124 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was also certified Silver by the BPI in the U.K.
dont be a foolThe lead single from the album “Don’t Be a Fool” peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart and #10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. It also peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
love's got meThe follow-up single “Love’s Got Me” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.
cheap talkThe third single “Cheap Talk” flopped on the charts, peaking at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart, but faired better in the U.S. where it peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
time is tickingThe last single from the album “Time is Ticking” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
my wayAfter the release of their last album, Loose Ends disbanded, but in 1993, they released the single “My Way” which didn’t chart at all.

Carl McIntosh went on to produce & write music for other artists such as Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy, Danny Madden, Lavine Hudson, Rakim, Beverley Knight and Pete Rock (whom the band reunited & appeared on his single “Take Your Time” in 1998).

In 2006, the original band line-up reunited in Los Angeles & Atlanta and since then, the band has been performing stateside under the name “Loose Ends, featuring Jane Eugene” with Steve Nichols making periodic guest appearances.

To follow Jane Eugene on Twitter, go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “We’ve Arrived,” go to:

To see a video for “Don’t Hold Back Your Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Tell Me What You Want,” go to:

To see the music video for “Emergency (Dial 999),” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating),” go to:

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

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

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

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

To see the music video for “Nights of Pleasure,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Stop the Rain,” go to:

To see the music video for “Mr. Bachelor,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “Don’t Be a Fool,” go to:

To see the music video for “Love’s Got Me,” go to:

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

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

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

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: