Category: 90’s


Lydia Lee Love

imageLydia Lee Love is a female freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s\early ’90s. imageIn 1987, Lydia released his first single “Don’t Take Your Love” on New York Groove Records. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all. imageIn 1991, she released her second single “I Do Love You” on Moon Roof Records. Like her previous single, it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, it appears as if Lydia is still active in the music business, performing at the Forever Freestyle concert.

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

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

Marc Dorsey

imageMarc Dorsey (born in Washington, DC) is an R&B singer from the ’90s. imageIn 1994, he made his music debut with a cover version of the Stylistics’ song “People Make the World Go Round” which was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Crooklyn.”

The song managed to peak at #65 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After that, Marc was featured on the “Clockers” movie soundtrack with the tracks “People in Search of a Life” and “Changes.”

He wrote commercial jingles for Coca-Cola, the Army and Oreos. Marc was even featured on MC Lyte’s song “Seven & Seven.” imageIn 1999, Marc released his debut album “Crave” which peaked at #94 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. imageThe first single from the album “If You Really Wanna Know” peaked at #56 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The song also peaked at #58 on the UK Singles Chart. image

imageThe title song and “All I Do” were released as follow-up singles, but didn’t make the charts at all.

In 2002, Marc was featured on LL Cool J’s song “Luv U Better” which was successful on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the R&B Haven website, Marc took a break from the music industry to focus on his family & raise his children.

To see the music video for “People Make the World Go Round,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You Really Want to Know,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “All I Do,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “People in Search of a Life,” go to:

Marc Nelson

imageMarc Nelson (born on January 23, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an R&B singer. He is the son of late R&B\dance singer Phyllis Nelson.

Marc attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts where he, Nathan Morris, Wayna Morris, Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary who later formed Boyz II Men.

In 1989, Boyz II Men met Michael Bivins and began making plans to sign them to a major record label and begin recording music.

Due to delays in recording their first album, Marc became impatient and left the group for a solo career, signing with Capitol Records.imageIn 1991, Marc released his debut album “I Want You.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. imageHis cover version of Marvin Gaye’s song “I Want You” managed to peak at #26 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. imageThe follow-up single from the album “Count On Me” peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After attracting the attention of Babyface, Marc began writing songs for artists such as Toni Braxton, Jon B, Tamia and Brandy.

Through Babyface, he met the four members of R&B group Az Yet and was added to the line-up as the second lead vocalist.

The group was signed to LaFace Records.Marc achieved success while with Az Yet, but he later left the group.

imageIn 1999, he released his sophomore album “Chocolate Mood” which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. imageMarc scored his biggest solo hit to date with the single “15 Minutes” which peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. imageThe follow-up single “Too Friendly” failed to make the Billboard charts at all.
Marc was also featured on the movie soundtrack to “The Best Man” on the track “After All Is Said and Done” with Beyonce. imageIn 2000, Marc released the single called “Love’s Not Love”  (which was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Big Momma’s House”), but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

On January 9, 2007, Marc was honored by the SESAC at their third Jazz Awards Luncheon for his authorship on Brian Culbertson’s song “It’s On Tonight.” imageOn July 24, 2007, he released his third album (and first independent project) “Marc: My Words.” He wrote, co-wrote and produced the tracks on the album.

Marc got the material for his album from his existing catalog of songs that were written between 2001 and 2007. He started recording them in 2006.

He was also a founding member of an R&B super group called Blayse that featured Az Yet’s Tony Grant, Silk’s Gary “Lil’ G” Jenkins and Blackstreet’s Terrell Phillips.

Even though Blayse recorded several songs, they were never publicly released, they never released an album and in December of 2007, the group disbanded.

From 2008 to 2009, Marc attended Le Cordon Bleu where he received his certificate of completion in Culinary Arts.

As of August 2011, Marc is a songwriter with Lyric Masters. Inc in New York.

Along with his music career, Marc has also appeared in stage plays such as “Love Ain’t Supposed to Hurt: Part II: The Wedding,” “Men Cry in the Dark,” “Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming” and “King Solomon Lives.”

To see the music video for “15 Minutes,” go to:

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

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

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

Erin Cruise

imageErin Cruise (born on February 18, 1962 in Hammond, Indiana) is a female singer from the ’90s.

She began singing when she was a young girl. At the age of five, Erin began playing the organ. After receiving a piano when she was 10, Erin began composing & writing her own lyrics.

During her senior year of high school, Erin was awarded “Musician of the Year.” She began college with the intent of earning a music degree, but later changed her major to Broadcasting with a minor in Music.

While she attended college, Erin worked for the local ABC network affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa where she had a short gig working as a field reporter for the 5:00 news and later an anchorperson for the early morning news.

Erin later relocated to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she worked at another ABC network affiliate in the Creative Services Department.

She wrote & produced television commercials for local advertisers. Erin sang commercially for a local ad agency.

In 1987, she moved to New York. In 1988 while on the train commuting to Manhattan, Erin met a ad agency write & songwriter named Charlie Allenson.

Together for two years, they played in coffee houses and other places as Charlie played guitar & Erin sang his music.

Charlie inspired Erin to continue to pursue a public singing career. He also helped get some jingle work as well.

Erin later met Mark Calcagni in the produce department at a grocery store. Mark introduced her to Vito Albano (of “Alive & Kickin’) and Vito introduced him to songwriter Bruce Sudano.

Vito & Bruce decded to work with Erin, writing & producing music for her and forming their own independent record label called Purple Heart Records.

Over the course of four years, Erin, Vito and Bruce recorded more than 20 songs, but four of them were officially released. imageIn 1990, Erin released her first single “Never Enough.” It’s unknown how it made the charts, but it was a club hit.
imageHer second single “Eat Your Heart Out” didn’t chart, but it was also a club hit like the previous single.
imageIn 1991, she released her third single “Waitng For You” (which was a dedication to the troops of Desert Storm). It’s unknown how or if the song charted at all.
imageErin’s fourth single “Cold Shower” managed to peak at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. The song sold more than 60,000 copies.

Erin had mainly traveled up & down the East Coast with only one stint in Las Vegas, accompanied by her road manager\fiance Michael Marino (from New York), doing “track dates” to promote Erin’s singles.

She also appeared on television shows such as “The Joe Franklin Show” in New York and “Dance Party USA” in Philadelphia.

After the success of the “Cold Shower” single, Bruce Sudano partnered up with a label out of Boston called Critique Records. Erin’s contract with the Purple Heart Recording Company wasn’t renewed.

On June 12, 1992, Erin married Michael. During that same year (after her record deal had ended), she got a call from a local bandleader who was looking for a singer for weddings & corporate parties.

Erin was a member of the Al Craven Band for seven years. In 1994, she sang at an open-mic night at Le Bar Bat on West 57th in New York City where she was approached by songwriter Billy Seidman who was looking for an artist to produce.

For over a year, Erin & Billy worked together trying to find her sound. Billy thought that Erin’s voice lent itself to country music.

Billy put together a band which consisted of various musicians from Manhattan. The band rehearsed a set of original music and began playing in places such as The Bitter End and Denim & Diamonds.

He later planned a trip for he & Erin to go to Nashville, Tennessee. Billy set up meetings with record label executives, the heads of artist management companies, publicists, photographers and anybody in Nashville that would take interest in Erin as an artist & their material.

Instead of bringing a demo produced in New York, Billy set up recording time at the Emerald Studios in Nashville, using their studio players.

Unfortunately, Erin & Billy went back to New York without a record deal and in 1996, they went their separate ways due to contractual differences.

During that same year, Erin gave birth to her daughter Madison Dee. At the time, she was still singing with the Al Craven Band and doing studio session work.

During her first pregnancy, Erin wrote a song called “My Mama’s Hands” (which was about her mother). She collaborated with a woman named Sandy Wilbur (who co-wrote & produced the demo for her).

In 1998, Erin gave birth to her son Benjamin Michael. She juggled being a full-time mom and singing on the weekends. During that same year, the Al Craven Band introduced another female singer named Christine Tambakis.

In 2000, Erin and Christine left the Al Craven Band to form their own band. They put together a seven-piece ensemble called SistaGroove.

After the band began booking gigs, Erin’s husband Michael started his own business & her family moved to York, Pennsylvania. Upon moving there, Erin took a break from doing weekend singing work to be a wife & suburban mother.

Erin continued commuting back & forth to New York, working with Christine & SistaGroove. She also freelanced in other bands and found work in the Washington D.C. area close to home.

After 10 years, Erin’s marriage to Michael ended. She later dediced to take her experience as a singer & a bandleader with SistaGroove to build a business for herself.

Erin formed her first band called Word of Mouth with drummer Dwayne Dickey, but the band broke up after 9 months. She later met drummer and the co-founder of Cruise Control, Butch Barber.

Erin & Butch worked together to form a five-piece variety\dance band & started performing publicly in early 2002. These days, it has become a successful area cover band.

Along with the band, Erin is also in the process of writing a small catalog of original songs that she has demos of. She also works on original studio projects.

To see Erin’s official website, go to:
www.erincruise.com/

To see a fan-made video for “Cold Shower,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pygjUEWd0

To see a fan-made video for “Eat Your Heart Out,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyxkYDBE4Y0

Le Click

imageLe Click was a Eurodance duo from Germany that was formed by record producer Frank Farian. The duo consisted of Swedish singer\actress Kayo Shekoni and singer\rapper Robert Haynes.
imageIn 1995, they released their first single “Tonight Is the Night” which originally peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100, but by the next year, the song peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The song also peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart in 1997 and featured vocals by Melanie Thornton (of music duo La Bouche). imageOn July 29, 1997, Le Click released their only album “Tonight is the Night” (or “Le Click Featuring Kayo” in the United States).

The album peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #95 in Germany. imageThe duo’s second single “Call Me” peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #40 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song was also Le Click’s only chart appearance in the United Kingdom, peaking at #38 on the UK Singles chart. imageThe third single from the album “Don’t Go” peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Heaven’s Got to Be Better” failed to make the charts at all. By 1998, the duo had disbanded.

These days, Kayo Shekoni works as a skin therapist, but continues to work in show business.

She also works as a DJ, co-runs a nightclub and performs with a disco & cocktail jazz band called Cotton Club. She is also a member of the group Afro-Dite.

It’s unknown what Robert Haynes is up to these days.

To see the music video for “Tonight Is the Night,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj9jsrEMl9s

To see the music video for “Call Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l_y8aAf-xY

To see the music video for “Don’t Go,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNe48wgvLIA

To see a fan-made video for “Heaven’s Got to Be Better,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwgtihpEbDs

Yvonne

imageYvonne (born Yvonne DeLeon in the Bronx, New York) was a female freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s\early ’90s. She was raised in Miami, Florida.
imageIn 1988, Yvonne released her first single “What About Me” on Cutting Records. It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts.
imageIn 1989, she released her second single “There’s a Party Going On” which managed to peak at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 a year later, becoming her only chart appearance to date.
imageIn 1990, she released her third single “I Can’t Face the Fact” which failed to make the charts at all.
imageIn 1992, Yvonne released her last single to date “Don’t Take My Love and Run” before fading into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “There’s a Party Going On,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctmG6Dds1uA

To see a fan-made video for “What About Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFHNSGn4kzs

To see a video of Yvonne performing “I Can’t Face the Fact” live at Roseland in New York City in 1990, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reftm-EAtDM

imageOmar Chandler (born Chandler Spencer on January 16, 1962 in Manhattan, New York) was an R&B singer from the ’90s.

He was also a contestant on “Showtime at the Apollo” during the ’80s. Omar was well-known for his collaboration with Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock on their song “Joy and Pain.”  imageIn 1991, Omar released his self-titled debut album on MCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. imageThe first single “Do You Really Want It” peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. The song featured Fat Boys member Prince Markie Dee. imageThe second single from the album “Better World” didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
imageThe third single from the album “You Changed Me For the Better” also didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
imageThe last single from the album “This Must Be Heaven” (featuring R&B singer Audrey Wheeler) peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, becoming Omar’s only highest chart appearance on the R&B charts.
imageIn 1997, Omar released his sophomore album “Pieces of My Heart” on Expansion Records in the United Kingdom. It’s unknown how or if the album was successful.

He has provided background vocals for artists such as Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Pharrell.

Omar later moved to Hartsville, South Carolina to be close to his mother. He was active in the community, sponsoring talent shows at the Center Theater for youth & young adults.

He was also active & supportive of the gospel in the park program during the summer. He was known for helping people & touching and changing many lives.

Omar performed at small venues and released his “Best Of” album in 2009. In 2011, he did a cover version of the Rose Royce song “Ohh Girl” which is available on iTunes.

Sadly on March 4, 2013, Omar was found deceased in his home. His death was later ruled a homicide.

A 46-year-old male, a 37-year-old female and her 17-year-old daughter were later charged with his death. Omar’s murder still remains under investigation.

Omar is survived by his mother, Elizabeth, his brother Rufus, his son Patrick and many close relatives & friends. He was a talented singer and he will not be forgotten.

To see the music video for “Do You Really Want It,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1S-M8EQRTY

To see a fan-made video for “You Changed Me For the Better,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsZtplC64GU

To see a fan-made video for “This Must Be Heaven,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaXhkeZa4To

To see the music video for “Ohh Girl,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APPNG–dugo

She

imageShe (born Sheila Spencer in Brooklyn, New York) was a female rapper from the early ’90s.

Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warlock Records.

In 1990, She released her only single “Hello Stranger” (featuring jazz musician Kim Waters) which managed to peak at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

After that, it seems as if She has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

To see a fan-made video for “Hello Stranger,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FM6FV7zYWA

imageUncanny Alliance was a house music\dance duo that consisted of producer Brinsley Evans and female vocalist E.V. Mystique.
imageIn 1992, the duo released their first single “I Got My Education” which was a response song to Crystal Waters’ song “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).”

The single was first released as a white label 12-inch vinyl single that was given out to club DJ’s. The song became so popular, record labels were vying to sign Uncanny Alliance.

During this process, the single was heavily bootlegged & was sold by unscrupulous individuals who got the promotional white label single.

The duo was eventually signed to A&M Records and “I Got My Education” was officially released as a 12-inch and CD single. A new version of the song “Bootleggers Response” was included on the single as a b-side.

The single managed to peak at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #39 on the UK Singles chart. imageIn 1993, the duo released their second single “I’m Beautiful Dammitt” which peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

A year later, the single peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #40 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song was later covered by Bette Midler in 1998 on her album “Bathhouse Betty” and topped Billboard’s dance charts. imageIn 1994, Uncanny Alliance released their only album “The Groove Won’t Bite.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
imageThe duo’s third single “Everybody Up” peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Happy Day” was released as a promotional single, but didn’t chart. The song was featured in the Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore.”

After that, it seems as if Uncanny Alliance faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for “I Got My Education,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muntNTNV_80

To see the music video for “I’m Beautiful Dammit,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHTrDR49O_8

To see a fan-made video for the “Deep Vocal Mix” version of “Everybody Up,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ALxH5gdOY

To see a fan-made video for “Happy Day,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYgVyDyyyLQ

Tene Williams

imageTene Williams (born Tiffany Williams in Harlem, New York) is a female R&B singer from the ’90s. She became interested in music when she was 3 years old.

She won three times at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. When she was 16, she was offered a record deal with Apollo Records, but decided to finish up her education. imageIn 1993, Tene released her self-titled debut album on Pendelum Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
imageHer first single “Give Him A Love He Can Feel” peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #30 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Just a Matter of Time” failed to make the charts at all. After Pendelum Records failed to support her, Tene left the music business to focus on her religious beliefs. imageIn 2011, Tene made a comeback to the music scene, releasing the single “Your Love Completes Me.” She is married to Kyle Bynoe (who was one of the producers on her debut album).

Tene is the president of her own record label Sierra Music Group and her husband is the CEO of the record label.

She is also a praise & worship leader in her church along with writing an advice book called “Don’t Do It!”

Tene’s sophomore album “Brave” was scheduled to be released in the third quarter of 2011. As of 2013, she has completed the album, but the release date is yet to be announced.

To see Tene’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tene-Williams/222693887776860

To see the music video for “Give Him a Love He Can Feel,” go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUPEeHUtIOw

To see the music video for “Your Love Completes Me,” go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru7LpX2a824

[This post was originally on the Blogspot version of Rare & Obscure Music, but it was accidentally deleted while editing it.]

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