Category: Dance


Shamana

shamanaShamana was a female dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the MicMac Records label.

In 1989, Shamana released the single “Fever.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact at all.

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

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

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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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feel it in my heartStacey Parris was a female freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the Fourth Floor Records Label.

In 1989, she released her only single to date “Feel it In My Heart.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Stacey has faded into obscurity. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for “Feel It in My Heart,” 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:

dbuzzardsavannahbandDr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a big band\swing music-influenced disco band from the Bronx, New York that was formed by half-brothers Stony Browder Jr. (born on February 7, 1949) and August Darnell (born Thomas August Darnell Browder on August 12, 1950) in 1974. It also consisted of singer Cory Daye (born on April 25, 1952 in New York, New York), drummer Mickey Sevilla (born in 1953) and percussionist Andy Hernandez (born in 1952).

The band’s concept was a re-creation of a 1930s’ dance band blending disco beats with rhythms from various musical genres such as calypso, rhumba, cha-cha-ch and compas along with their songs’ witty lyrics.

Prior to the band’s formation, August began his musical career in a band called The In-Laws along with Stony, but they disbanded so August could pursue a career as an English teacher. He would later earn his master’s degree in English.
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah BandIn 1976, they released their self-titled debut album on RCA Records which peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold.
play the foolTheir first single “I’ll Play the Fool” which peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #92 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks) and topped Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 30 chart.
Cherchez La FemmeThe second single from the album “Cherchez La Femme” (the full song title name is called “Whispering”/”Cherchez La Femme”/”Se Si Bon”) became their only hit song to date, topping Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 30 chart (along with the tracks “I’ll Play the Fool” & “Sour and Sweet”) for a week in October of 1976.

It also reached the pop charts as well, peaking at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s only highest charting song on the chart to date. It also peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and #31 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

The song would later be covered in 1994 by singer Gloria Estefan and sampled in 2000 by rapper Ghostface Killah in 2000 on his track “Cherchez LaGhost.”
soursweetThe track “Sour and Sweet\Lemon in the Honey” managed to peak at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

One of the tracks from their debut album “Sunshower” has been sampled by artists such as De La Soul, M.I.A., A Tribe Called Quest, Ghostface Killah and Doug E. Fresh. The band was also nominated for a Grammy.
king pennetIn 1978, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band released their sophomore album “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Meets King Penett” which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and #36 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
mr loveThe tracks from the album “Mister Love,” “An Organ Grinder’s Tale”, “Auf Wiedersehen, Darrio” and “Transistor Madness” managed to peak at #22 on Billboard’s dance music chart.
washingtonIn 1979, the band released their third album “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington” on Elektra Records which was a commercial flop, failing to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

By that time, the decline of the disco music craze was starting to die down causing the band’s popularity to decline and internal issues within the band eventually led to August Darnell & Andy Hernandez to leave Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. The two of them would go on to create musical group Kid Creole and the Coconuts a year later. August also created another band called Elbow Bones and the Racketeers.

During that same year, Cory Daye released her debut album “Cory & Me” and had a minor hit with the song “Pow Wow” which peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100. She released a follow-up album in 1987 called “In The Middle Of The Night.”
Calling All Beatniks!
The band’s last album “Calling All Beatniks!” was released in 1984 on Passport Records under the name “Dr Buzzard’s Savannah Band.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact at all.

These days, August continues to perform with the current line-up of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. He resides in Sweden and Hawaii where he and his wife, Eva run a martini bar in Maui & also set up an entertainment company called 2C2C Entertainment Group.

Andy Hernandez (who now goes under the name Coati Mundi) is still active in the music business, releasing music, acting and working with various people such as Paul Anka, Tito Puente, Phoebe Snow, Ruben Blades, Lisa Fischer, Wyclef Jean, La Lupe, Spike Lee, Karyn Parsons (from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) and many more.

Mickey Sevilla is still active in music, teaching master drumming.

Cory Daye went on to perform with Kid Creole and the Coconuts as a featured vocalist. These days, she still continues to perform as a solo artist and appeared in an off-Broadway play called “My Big Fat Italian Wedding.”

Mickey Sevilla is still active in music, teaching master drumming. Sadly, Stony Browder Jr. passed away from complications of a stroke in 1991.

To see Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ official website, go to:
http://kidcreoleandthecoconuts.com

To see Coati Mundi’s official website, go to:
http://coatimundiworld.com/cm/Bio.html

To see a fan-page for Cory Daye, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/CoryDayeFanPage/

To see a video of the band performing “Cherchez Le Femme,” go to:

To see a video of the band performing “I’ll Play the Fool,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sour and Sweet\Lemon in the Honey,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “An Organ Grinder’s Tale,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Auf Wiedersehen, Darrio,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Transistor Madness”, 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:

Kathy Buck

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

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

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

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

Eloise Whitaker

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

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

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

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

Lipps Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minerva

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

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

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

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