Category: 90’s


Boy Howdy

Boy HowdyBoy Howdy was a country music band from the ’90s which consisted of lead singer\bass guitarist Jeffrey Steele (born Jeffrey LeVasseur on August 27, 1961 in Burbank, California), drummer Hugh Wright and brothers Cary (who sang vocals along with playing the guitar & mandolin) & Larry Park (who also sang vocals along with playing the guitar & fiddle).

The band formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California after Jeffrey met Larry & Cary at a gig at a club. Hugh (who was also at the gig) soon joined the band as well. They initially recorded several demos through the assistance of music producer James Stroud.

A year later, Boy Howdy independently released a version of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” during the height of the Gulf War during that same year. The single attracted the attention of Curb Records who signed the band to the label in 1992.

In May of 1992, Hugh Wright was injured in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, Texas when he was trying to assist a driver who crashed his pickup truck on the median of the LBJ Freeway. The accident placed Hugh in a coma for five months. After coming out of the coma, he had to re-learn how to walk & play the drums again, but his speech was slowed & was no longer able to sing.
Welcome To HowdywoodIn July of that same year, Boy Howdy released their debut album “Welcome to Howdywood” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all.

The lead single “Our Love Was Meant to Be” peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. The follow-up single “Thanks for the Ride” failed to make any impact on the charts.

The last single released from the album “A Cowboy’s Born With a Broken Heart” peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.

In July of 1993, Hugh was able to rejoin the band after his accident. In October of that same year, Boy Howdy released the single “She’ll Give Anything” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song’s music video also received airplay on the CMT network and the Nashville Network.

A year later, R&B singer Gerald LeVert covered the song which was a moderate hit on the Billboard charts.
she'd give anythingIn January of 1994, Boy Howdy released the EP “She’ll Give Anything” which peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200, #19 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Albums chart.

The second single from the EP “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the band’s only highest charting single to date.
born that wayIn February of 1995, Boy Howdy released their third and last album “Born That Way” which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The lead single from the album “Bigger Fish to Fry” peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The follow-up single “She Can’t Love You” peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the highest charting single from the album. The last single released from the album “Field of Dreams” failed to chart at all.

In February of 1996, Boy Howdy announced they were “on hold” with no immediate plans to continue performing together and by August of that same year, the band broke up.

After that, Jeffrey Steele moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he began a solo career. From 2001 to 2008, he has released seven solo albums, but he has found greater success as a songwriter. Jeffrey has written songs for artists such as Faith Hill, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Mark Wills, LeAnn Rimes and Rascal Flatts (especially on their number-one song “What Hurts the Most”).

These days, Larry Park is a member of a band called The Random Strangers. In 2008, he was named “The 50 Fastest Guitar Players of All Time” by Guitar World Magazine.

Cary Park resides in Los Angeles, California where he is still active in the music business as a songwriter, studio musician and producer. In 2010, he released a solo album called “Lone.”

In 1995, Hugh moved to Great Falls, Montana where continued his music career by performing in a number of regional rock, pop, blues and country bands. Sadly on September 25, 2015, he passed away from natural causes at the age of 63.

To see the music video for “Our Love Was Meant to Be,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Cowboy’s Born with a Broken Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “She’d Give Anything,” go to:

To see the music video for “True to His Word,” go to:

To see the music video for “She Can’t Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Bigger Fish to Fry,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Field of Dreams,” go to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marsha Thornton

marsha thorntonMarsha Thornton (born on October 22, 1964 in Killen, Alabama) is a female country music artist from the late ’80s\early ’90s. Not much information is given about her background, but she was signed to MCA Records.

marsha 1989In December of 1989, Marsha released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
deep waterThe lead single from the album “Deep Water” peaked at #62 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

bottle of wine

The second single “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline” became Marsha’s only highest charting song to date, peaking at #59 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

grass greener

The last single released from the album “The Grass is Greener” managed to chart in Canada (where it peaked at #65 on the RPM Country Track charts), but didn’t chart in the United States.

moon will shine

In 1991, Marsha released her sophomore and last album to date on MCA Records called “Maybe the Moon Will Shine.”

moon will shine single

Unlike her previous album, the album didn’t chart and the only single to reach the country music charts was the title song which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

farther alongAfter that, nothing much was heard from Marsha until 2003 when she released the album “Farther Along: Acapella Hymns of Farewell” on the Metronome record label.

Since then, it’s currently unknown what Marsha Thornton is up to these days and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

To see the music video for “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline,” go to:

To see the music video for “Maybe the Moon Will Shine,” go to:

cee cee chapmanCee Cee Chapman (born Melissa Carol Chapman on December 13, 1958 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a country music singer-songwriter from the late ’80s\early ’90s.

As a teenager, Cee Cee performed professionally with her father. When she was 16 years old, she was working on her own in North Carolina & Virginia. She made her first demo when she was 20 years old and send it to various record companies.

A man named Scotty Turner from Liberty Records liked Cee Cee’s work and encouraged her to send the demo to songwriter Bobby Fischer, who was searching for new talent. It had been 5 years before Fischer, Charlie Black and Austin Roberts got together with Cee Cee to make some new demo recordings.

Cee Cee signed with Bobby Fischer and they went to Nashville, Tennessee to let Dick Whitehead from Curb Records listen to the records and was later signed to the label.

gone not forgotten

In 1988, Cee Cee (along with her band Santa Fe) released the single “Gone But Not Forgotten” which peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

twist of fateDuring the same year, she released her debut album “Twist of Fate.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
frontier justiceHer second single from the album “Frontier Justice” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
twist of fate singleThe title song peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart (making it the highest charting single from the album and Cee Cee’s highest charting single to date).
love liarThe last single “Love is a Liar” peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Cee Cee was also nominated at the 1988 Academy of Country Music Awards for “Top Female Vocalist”.

cc chapman 1990

In August of 1990, she released her self-titled sophomore and last album to date. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it received favorable to moderate reviews from critics. During that same year, she was nominated at the American Music Awards for “Favorite Country New Artist.”

The only single to chart from the album was “Two Ships That Passed in the Moonlight” which managed to peak at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993 (which was 3 years after the release of Cee Cee’s second album).

The other singles released from the album “Everything,” “Exit 99,” “Pretending to Cry” and “A Winter’s Night” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Cee Cee Chapman has faded into obscurity. She has not released any new music since the release of her last album.

To see a fan-made video for “Gone but Not Forgotten,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Twist of Fate,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Exit 99,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Winter’s Night,” go to:

Triniti

TrinitiTriniti was a dance music artist from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about this artist, but Triniti was signed to the Fourth Floor Records label.

In 1990, Triniti released the single “Running Away.” It’s unknown how or if the single was successful at all. After that, it seems as if this artist has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what Triniti is up to these days.

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Thelma Houston

thelma houstonThelma Houston (born on May 7, 1946 in Leland, Mississippi) is an R&B\disco singer\songwriter and actress who scored her one and only number-one charting song back in 1977.

Thelma was born in Leland, Mississippi where her mother worked as a cotton picker. She would later move to Long Beach, California with her family where she primarily grew up. After getting married and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group where she was the lead singer of the group.

Between 1966 and 1967, Thelma released the singles “Baby Mine” and “Don’t Cry My Soldier Boy”, but neither of them made the charts at all. After that, she signed a record deal with the Dunhill Records label.
sunshower
In 1969, she released her debut album “Sunshower” which managed to peak at #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album was produced by Jimmy Webb.

The four singles released from the album: “Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon”, “Sunshower”, “If This Was The Last Song” and a cover version of the Rolling Stones song, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
save the countryIn 1970, Thelma released the single “Save the Country” which managed to peak at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972In 1971, she signed a record deal with Motown Records and in 1972, she released her third self-titled album under the MoWest record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
bobby mcgeeA cover version of Roger Miller’s song “Me and Bobby McGee” was released as a single, but didn’t make the charts.

In 1973, Thelma was set to start in a biopic of singer Dinah Washington, but the project ended up getting cancelled due to difficulties in getting clearance from Dinah Washington’s relatives.
wrong for so longIn 1974, Thelma released the single “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.”

During that same year, Thelma joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine where she portrayed various characters during the show’s skit, but the show was cancelled in August.
got the music in meIn 1975, Thelma released her third album “I’ve Got the Music in Me” featuring a group of session players called Pressure Cooker under record label Sheffield Lab.

It’s unknown how or if the album was successful or not, but the album went on to become a benchmark vinyl recording for audiophiles. During that same year, she appeared in a made-for-television film called “Death Scream.”

In 1976, Thelma recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings” (which starred actors James Earl Jones & Billy Dee Williams).

During that same year, she was featured in a tribute to Berry Gordy during the American Music Awards broadcast where she sang the song “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”

Thelma’s version of the song “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” which was supposed to be released as a single, but it ended up getting pulled & Diana Ross ended up recording the song for the film “Mahogany” (which she also starred in).

In 1976, Thelma sang backing vocals for Jermaine Jackson’s album “My Name Is Jermaine.”
any way you like itIn late October of that same year, she released her fourth album “Any Way You Like It” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
don't leave me this wayThe lead single from the album, a cover version of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was originally given to Diana Ross, but it was reassigned & given to Thelma instead. After a record pool in Boston unanimously reported positive reception from audiences in discos, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was released as a single.

The song first topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for a week in February of 1976, but nine weeks later, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in April of 1976, becoming Thelma’s only number-one hit song to date.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” was also successful in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Australia, France & Italy. It also earned Thelma a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female” at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978.
any way you like it singleThe follow-up single, the title song managed to top Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Don’t Leave Me This Way).
last thing i doThe last single released from the album “If It’s the Last Thing I Do” peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks). It also managed to chart in Canada as well.
don't know why i love youA cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” was released as the second single in Europe. It’s unknown how or if the single charted there.
thelma and jerryIn 1977, Thelma and singer Jerry Butler released their first duet album together called “Thelma & Jerry” which peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200 & #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
lifetime thingThe two of them managed to make the Billboard charts with the single “It’s a Lifetime Thing” which peaked at #84 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks).
devil in meDuring that same year, Thelma released her fifth album “The Devil in Me” which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 chart and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
here againThe lead single “I’m Here Again” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks) and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
I Can't Go On Living Without Your LoveThe follow-up single “I Can’t Go On Living Without Your Love” flopped, failing to make the Billboard charts at all.

Thelma also appeared in the film “Game Show Models” and was supposed to star in a film version of the play “Me and Bessie,” but apparently, it looks like those plans never materialized & the film was never released.
Love MasterpieceIn 1978, Thelma was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Thank God It’s Friday” with the track “Love Masterpiece.” The song was released a single, but didn’t make the charts.
ready to rollDuring that same year, she released her sixth album “Ready to Roll” which peaked at #74 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, but missed the Hot 100.
Saturday Night, Sunday MorningThe only single to chart was “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks) and #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
two to oneAlso in that same year, she released her second duet album with Jerry Butler called “Two To One.” It’s unknown how or if the album was successful (unlike their first duet album).
ride to rainbowIn 1979, Thelma released her eighth album “Ride to the Rainbow” which was a commercial flop, failing to make any impact on the charts at all.

A remixed version of the song “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” was featured on the album in its 12-inch version. During that same year, she appeared in an independent film called “The Seventh Dwarf.”
breakwater catIn 1980, Thelma released her ninth album “Breakwater Cat” on RCA Records which didn’t appear to make the Billboard album charts at all.
suspicious mindsThe sole single released from the album “Suspicious Minds” became a popular club hit, but it’s unknown how or if the song made the charts.
Never Gonna Be Another OneIn 1981, Thelma released her tenth album “Never Gonna Be Another One” which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 chart and #51 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
If You Feel ItThe lead single “If You Feel It” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks).
96 tearsThe follow-up single, a cover version of Question Mark and the Mysterians’ song “96 Tears” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
Reachin' All AroundIn 1982, Thelma’s eleventh album “Reachin’ All Around” was released. The album consists of previously unreleased music that was recorded while Thelma was signed to Motown Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
1983By 1983, Thelma had moved on to MCA Records where she released her twelfth self-titled album. The album failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
working girlThe first single from the album “Working Girl” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks).
Just Like All The RestThe follow-up (and last) single from the album “Just Like All the Rest” peaked at #80 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
Qualifying HeatIn 1984, Thelma released her thirteenth album “Qualifying Heat” which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
hold me tightThe lead single “You Used To Hold Me So Tight” peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks) and managed to peak at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart, making the highest charting single from the album.
fantasy heartbreakThe second single “Fantasy and Heartbreak” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
good timesThe third single “I’d Rather Spend the Bad Times with You, Than the Good Times with Someone New” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
(I Guess) It Must Be LoveThe last single to chart from the album “(I Guess) It Must Be Love” peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart and #59 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
into the nightIn 1985, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Into the Night” with the track “Keep it Light.”

During the mid-1980s, Thelma guest-starred in television shows such as “Cagney & Lacey” and “Simon & Simon.” In 1987, she also appeared in the CBS Afterschool Special “Little Miss Perfect” and a year later, she appeared in the film “And God Created Woman.”
lean on meIn 1989, Thelma released a cover version of Bill Withers’ song “Lean on Me” (featuring gospel music group The Winans) which was featured in the Morgan Freeman film also entitled “Lean on Me.” Her version managed to peak at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks).
throw you downIn 1990, Thelma released her fourteenth studio album “Throw You Down” on Reprise Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the charts at all.
Out Of My HandsThe lead single “Out of My Hands” peaked at #82 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 5 weeks).
HighThe follow-up single “High” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

In 1994, Thelma participated in an AIDS benefit in New York, performing gospel music with artists such as Cece Peniston, Chaka Khan and Phoebe Snow under the name “Sisters of Glory” where they released an album called “Good News in Hard Times” in 1995.
Don't Leave Me This Way (Remix '95)In 1995, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was revived in several remixes and it managed to peak at #19 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #35 in the United Kingdom.

After that, Thelma released the singles “I Need Somebody Tonight” (in 1996) and “All of That” (in 1998). She also provided lead vocals on guitarist Scott Henderson’s album “Tore Down House” in 1997 & in 1998, she appeared in the films “54” and “Beloved.”

In 2000, Thelma toured in Australia as a cast member in the stage musical version of “Fame.” After returning to the U.S., she toured with Nile Rodgers & Chic and was even one of the opening acts of Cher’s “Farewell” tour in Toronto in 2003.

On September 20, 2004, Thelma’s version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.
a womans touchIn August of 2007, she released her first album in 17 years claled “A Woman’s Touch” on Shout Factory Records. In 2009, Thelma appeared on the TV shows “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” performing “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”
forty twoIn 2013, Thelma collaborated with Los Angeles-based producer Janitor and released an EP called “Forty-Two” on SoundCloud.
PrintThese days, Thelma continues to be active in the entertainment business. She is still touring all over the U.S. and even has own 90 minute band show called “Thelma Houston: My Motown Memories & More.”

To see Thelma Houston’s official website, go to:
http://www.thelmahouston.com/

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Cry, My Soldier Boy,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (from her debut album “Sunshower”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Save the Country,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Me and Bobby McGee,” go to:

To see a video of Thelma performing “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Any Way You Like It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If It’s the Last Thing I Do,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Don’t Know Why I Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Here Again,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Go on Living Without Your Love,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “If You Feel It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “96 Tears,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Just Like All the Rest,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I’d Rather Spend the Bad Times with You, Than the Good Times with Someone New,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “(I Guess It Must Be Love),” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Out of My Hands,” go to:

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

To see the music video for the 1995 remixed version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Need Somebody Tonight,” go to:

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

Paradise (Rapper)

paradiseParadise was a female rapper from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she appeared to be signed to the Solar Records label.
downnggaIn 1992, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Deep Cover” with the track “Down With My N***a” which was releaed as a single. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.
above rimIn 1994, Paradise appeared on the soundtrack to another film “Above the Rim” with the track “Hoochies Need Love Too.”
gangrelatedParadise’s last music appearance to date was in 1997 on the soundtrack to the film “Gang Related” with the track “Devotion.”

These days, it’s unknown what Paradise is up to and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Down With My N***a”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hoochies Need Love Too,” go to:

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

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:

Vienna

viennaVienna was a female freestyle singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Cutting Records.
should have knownIn 1991, she released her first single “I Should Have Known.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
two wrongsIn 1993, Vienna released her last single to date “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right)” which also didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if Vienna has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

To see a fan-made video for “I Should Have Known,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right),” go to:

Vicki Sue Robinson

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: