Category: 90’s


Wessyde Goon Squad

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Wessyde Goon Squad was a hip-hop music group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of R&B vocalist\lyricist Babyboy, hardcore rapper\lyricist Berchee and underground rapper Shuv along with producer & DJ Cyrus Melchor. They were signed to Yab Yum Records.
crazyIn 1995, they released their debut single “Crazy.” It’s unknown how or if it made any music charts at all, but Billboard magazine described the single as “laid-back and perpetually cool.”
higherIn 1996, Wessyde Goon Squad released their follow-up (and last) single “Higher” which flopped. The group was supposed to release their debut album “Around The World” sometime during that same year, but it was never released.

After that, not much was heard from Wessyde Goon Squad and it appeared as if they have faded into obscurity, but Cyrus Melchor appears to still active in the music business.

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

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

Shya

shyaShya was a female R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she appeared to be signed to Yab Yum Records.
havplentyIn 1998, she made her musical debut on the soundtrack to the film “Hav Plenty” with the track “I Can’t Help It.”
lightitupA year later, Shya appeared on another movie soundtrack “Light It Up” with the track “Burgundy.”

After that, not much was heard from Shya. She never released an album or any other singles since the ’90s and has seemingly faded into obscurity.

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

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

Allure

allureduoAllure (not be confused with R&B group Allure) was a female freestyle\dance duo that consisted of vocalists Karen Erika & Arielle. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Big Bang Records.
on and onIn 1993, they released their debut single “On and On.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
don'ttellmeThe duo released another single “Don’t Tell Me,” but after it appeared to have flopped as well as their previous single, Allure had seemingly faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what Arielle & Karen Erika are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Tell Me,” 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:

Linsey

linseyLinsey was a husband & wife R&B duo from the ’90s that consisted of keyboardist\songwriter\producer Wayne Linsey and his then-wife, Lynne Fiddmont.

Prior to the formation of the duo, both Lynne and Wayne built up quite a career in the music business, each working with various artists such as Starpoint, the Emotions, George Howard, Brenda Russell, The Jacksons, Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.
perfect-loveIn 1991, they released their only album “Perfect Love” on the Virgin Records America record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The only singles released from the album were “Sweet Talk” and “Searchin'”. Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single managed to chart at all.

After that, not much was heard from Linsey and they later divorced. Since then, both Wayne and Lynne have continued to remain active in the music business with their respective careers.

Lynne Fiddmont went on to become an in-demand & touring singer, working with artists such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins, Iggy Pop, Burt Bacharach, Stanley Clarke and Babyface. She has released three solo albums and is planning to release her upcoming album “Power of Love.”

Wayne Linsey is also active in the music business as a musician, producer, arranger and songwriter along with working as a touring musician, spending many years with R&B act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has also worked in TV, film and award ceremonies (such as the Grammys, the Billboard Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards) as well.

To see Lynne Fiddmont’s official website, go to:
http://www.lynnefiddmont.com

To see Wayne Linsey’s official website, go to:
http://www.waynelinseymusic.com

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

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

Stefanie Bolton

stefanie-boltonStefanie Bolton (from Memphis, Tennessee) is an R&B\jazz singer & songwriter that released her debut album in the ’90s.

She has performed as a background singer & worked as a songwriter, working with artists such as Angie Stone, Howard Hewett, TLC, Lenny Kravitz, OutKast, Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Bofill, Anthony Hamilton, Goodie Mob and Marvin Sapp.
stefanie-albumIn 1996, Stefanie released her debut album “Stefanie” on Bellmark Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

Two singles were released from the album “Wrap My’celf Around You” and “Why”, but it’s unknown if either of them made any music charts at all.
cling-to-meSince then, Stefanie has continued to stay active with her music career and currently works as a singer for Edwin Hawkins along with being a cruise entertainer for the Holland American Cruise Line. In 2016, she released a single called “Cling to Me.”

To see Stefanie Bolton’s official website, go to:
http://stefaniebolton.com

To see a fan-made video for “Wrap My’celf Around You,” go to:

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

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

N.T.C.

ntcN.T.C. (short for Nathan & T.C.) were a hip-hop\R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Bellmark Records & DCT Productions.
try-my-loveIn 1993, they released their debut single “Try My Luv.” It’s unknown how or if the single appeared on the music charts at all.
the-journeyIn 1994, N.T.C. released their debut (and only) album ” The Journey (A Quest 4 Luv).” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
saving-my-luv-4-youThe follow-up single from the album “Saving My Luv 4 U” also didn’t chart, but a music video was made for the single.

After that, it seems as if N.T.C. has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the duo are up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “Saving My Luv 4 U,” go to:

Thunderbugs

thunderbugs
Thunderbugs were a British pop girl group that consisted of lead singer Jane Vaughn, backing vocalist\bass player Stef Maillard, backing vocalist\drummer Nicky Shaw and guitarist Brigitta Jansen.
friends-foreverIn 1999, they released their debut single “Friends Forever” which peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming their only highest charting song to date. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Center Stage”.
its-about-time-you-were-mineThunderbugs’ follow-up single “It’s About Time You Were Mine” didn’t match the same success as their debut single, peaking at #43 on the U.K. Singles chart.
deliciousAfter the group’s follow-up single flopped, their debut album “Delicious” ended up getting postponed at first, but it was eventually released in Europe and the U.K. (which was released on mini-disc) in 2000.

After that, it seemed as if Thunderbugs faded into obscurity. Nicky Shaw went on to work on writing & programming songs and working with artists such as BB King, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Michael McDonald, Lara Fabian and Taylor Hicks. She also composed tracks for the film “Rag Tale.”

As for Jane Vaughan, Stef Maillard and Brigitta Jansen, it seems as if they have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what each of them are up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “It’s About Time You Were Mine,” go to:

Mytown

mytownMytown was a pop music boy band from Ireland that consisted of members Danny O’Donoghue (born Daniel John Mark Luke O’Donoghue on October 3, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland), Mark Sheehan, Terry Daly and Paul Walker.

The band was first established in 1996 after original member Tony Dunne quit a successful boxing career. Tony was friends with Louis Walsh put him in touch with Paul Walker and after a couple of meetings, Tony & Paul recruited Mark Sheehan (who was teaching hip-hop dancing at a performing arts school in Dublin at the time) and Mark introduced his friend, Terry Daly, who would also join the band as well

After touring around England and Ireland, Mytown played in a showcase at the Mobius TV studios which was owned by a friend of Mark’s, Eamonn Maguire, who would become the band’s manager.

After performing at a showcase in Las Vegas, Tony departed from the band and was replaced by Danny O’Donoghue and the band later signed a recording contract with Universal Records. In 1997, Mytown released their debut single “Do It Like This” which was released in Ireland. It’s unknown how or if the single charted there.
party-all-nightIn 1999, they released their follow-up single “Party All Night” which managed to peak at #22 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Mytown’s follow-up singles “Now That I Found You” (a cover version of country singer Terri Clark’s song, which was released in the United States) and “Party All Night” (which was released worldwide) didn’t generate a lot of success.
mytown-albumIn May of 2000, the band’s debut album was released only in Australia and the United States. It was supposed to receive a worldwide release, but due to internal issues within Universal Records, those plans never materialized.

By 2001, MyTown were released from their record contract after Cherry Entertainment was dropped as a label by Universal Records and the members of the band went on to pursue separate careers.

After MyTown disbanded, Mark Sheehan and Danny O’Donoghue went on to form pop rock band, The Script and since then, the band has released four albums which managed to top the album charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom and also gained success in the United States.

As for Terry Daly and Paul Walker, it’s unknown what they are up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see the music video for “Party All Night,” go to:

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

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

3rd Storee

3rd-storee3rd Storee was a male R&B group from the late ’90s\early 2000s from Los Angeles, California that originally consisted of Kevonte (born Kevonte Jackson on February 6, 1983), Lil’ Man (born Kenneth Pratt on June 16, 1986), D’Smoove (born Dante Clark on February 10, 1983) and Jay-R (born Barry Reed Jr. on December 17, 1983).

The group was formed in 1997 in South Central, Los Angeles, California, starting out as a quartet. They immediately made a breakthrough when they were signed to Yab Yum Records and went on tour with Britney Spears.
if-everIn 1998, 3rd Storee were invited to open up for *NSYNC on their U.S. tour. During that same year, they released their debut single “If Ever” which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart and #36 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.
party tonight.jpgTheir next single “Party Tonight” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart. The group’s debut album was supposed to be released in 1999, but possibly due to the low performances of the two singles, it ended up getting shelved.

By the 2000s, Lil’ Man left 3rd Storee due to creative differences and two new members joined the group: Gavyn (born Gavin Rhone) and J’Son (born Jason Tyrel Thomas on May 14, 1980). Before 3rd Storee, J’Son had a solo career in the mid-’90s, scoring moderate hits on the Billboard Hot 100 such as “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” and “Take a Look.”
get-with-me-albumDuring that time, 3rd Storee had left their previous record label and signed with Universal Records. In 2002, they released their debut album “Get With Me” which peaked at #91 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
get-with-me-singleThe title song (featuring rapper Joe Budden on the remix version) peaked at #85 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was the only single released from the album.
1200x630bfIn 2005, 3rd Storee signed a record deal with J Records and changed their name to Chapter 4. By that time, Kevonte left the group to focus on acting, leaving the group as a quartet again. They released a single called “Fool Wit U” in 2006, but it failed to generate any success and after leaving J. Records, the group disbanded.

These days, Kevontay Jackson is still active in acting and even had a recurring role on the UPN\CW series “Everybody Hates Chris” along with working as a songwriter & MC.

Jay-R appears to still be active in the music business as a singer and producer. As of 2015, he was working on new music (according to his Twitter).

Gavyn Rhone is still active in the music business and has also appeared in television & films.

Since leaving 3rd Storee, Lil’ Man (now called K-Young) has gone on to write songs for artists such as Cassie, B2K, Diddy, Ray J, Chris Brown, Yolanda Adams, The Game, Lloyd and Brandy. He also owns his own imprint label, Magic Ink Entertainment.

It’s unknown what J’Son and D’Smoove are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

To follow Gavyn Rhone on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/IamGavynRhone

To follow Kevontay Jackson on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/kjackson82

To follow Jay-R on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/itsreallyjayr

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

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

To see the music video for “Get With Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Fool Wit U” (under the name “Chapter 4”), go to: