Category: Dance


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:

Lonnie Gordon.jpgLonnie Gordon (born on November 8, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female dance\pop\R&B singer who scored a couple of dance hits during the ’90s. She moved to the Bronx, New York when she was young.

In the early ’80s, Lonnie began performing around the Harlem area in clubs as the lead singer of a band called Nythjar. After she met her husband, she moved to England in the late ’80s and took time off from the music business to care for her daughter.

In 1988, she continued her singing career singing lead vocals for club-oriented music acts such as Deja Vu, Offshore and most notably, Quartzlock.
pleasure controlIn 1989, Lonnie contributed lead vocals to Simon Harris’ cover version of On the House’s song “(I’ve Got Your) Pleasure Control” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to chart in the United States, peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The single attracted the attention of record label Supreme Records, who offered Lonnie a record deal in 1989.
it's not overDuring that same year, she released a cover version of First Choice’s song “Let No Man Put Asunder” under the title “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder”) which only peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but did not chart in other countries.
happenin' all over againIn 1990, Lonnie’s second single “Happenin’ All Over Again” (with whom she worked with British songwriting\producing trio Stock Aitken & Waterman) peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful in other countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand.

When the song’s re-recorded version was released in the United States, it peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in November of 1993.
beyond wildest dreamsLonnie’s song “How Could He Do This To Me” was supposed to be a follow-up single, but it was scrapped & never released until years later, so it was replaced with the song “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.
if i have to stand aloneIn 1991, Lonnie released her debut album “If I Have to Stand Alone”. The album received a limited release in Europe, Japan and Australia (where it peaked at #173 on the ARIA Albums chart), but due to her last two singles flopping on the charts, the album was never released in the United Kingdom.
stand aloneThe title song managed to peak at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #147 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.
gonna catch yaIn 1991, Lonnie flew to Italy where she recorded the song “Gonna Catch You” (which was written by Italo house music group Black Box). When the song was released a single, it became a top 40 hit in the U.K., peaking at #32 on the chart.

The song (which was released as her debut single in the U.S.) was featured on the soundtrack to the Vanilla Ice film “Cool As Ice” which managed to peak at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of 1991. The single would be Lonnie’s last release on Supreme Records & she would later sign with SBK Records.
bad moodIn 1993, Lonnie released her sophomore album “Bad Mood”. It’s unknown how or if it made any album charts at all.
bad mood singleThe title song topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.
do you want itAnother single from the album “Do You Want It” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
dirty loveIn 1996, Lonnie released the single “Dirty Love” on Geffen Records which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
if you really love meIn 1997, she worked with European dance producers P.O.F., Roland Michael and Demetrius Ross to remix a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “If You Really Love Me” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
no regretIn 2000, Lonnie released a compliation album called “No Regret” on the Centaur Music, Inc. record label.
he lives in youThe lead single, a cover version of Lebo M.’s song “He Lives In You” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

In 2002, Lonnie starred as the lead vocalist & narrator for Cirque Du Soleil in an act called “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, Nevada. After leaving Cirque Du Soleil, she returned to London, England where she toured with a U.K.-based company called Allaboutdivas.com.

In 2007, she formed her own record label called Gordon Records, releasing four compliation albums on the label.

In 2012, she launched a one-woman show called “No Apologies: Who Said Life Was Easy”. In 2014, she released the singles “When I Think About Sex (I Think of You)” and “Horny.”

These days, Lonnie appears to still be active in the entertainment business as a singer, performer, actress, painter & vocal coach.

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

To see a video of Lonnie performing “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder),” go to:

To see the music video for “Happenin’ All Over Again,” go to:

To see the music video for “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams,” go to:

To see the music video for “If I Have to Stand Alone,” go to:

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

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

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

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

To see the music video for “If You Really Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He Lives in You,” go to:

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

Wandra

wandra
Wandra (real name Wandra Rawlins) was a female dance\R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist.
love attackIn 1983, she released her debut single “Love Attack” on Jamtu Records. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
sex attackDuring that same year, Wandra released a follow-up single called “Sex Attack” on the THO record label. Like her previous single, it didn’t appear to chart at all.

After that, it seems as if Wandra has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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

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

pure energyPure Energy was a dance music\post-disco music group that consisted of Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens, Raymond Hudson and Wade Hudson. Early on, Curtis, Raymond & Wade were playing in a band called The Professionals. After Lisa saw them perform at a club in Orange, New Jersey, the four of them formed a cover band.
pure energy albumIn 1980, the group signed a record deal with Prism Records. During that same year, they released their self-titled (and only) album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
party onTheir first single released from the album “Party On” became their first hit, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & managed to peak at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
when you're dancinThe follow-up single from the album “When You’re Dancing” peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
come closerAnother single from Pure Energy’s debut album “Come Closer” was released promotionally, but didn’t chart.
breakawayIn 1982, Pure Energy released the single “Breakaway” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

During that same year, they released two more singles “Too Hot” (which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “You’ve Got the Power” (which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart).

In 1983, Pure Energy released the singles “Love Game” (which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “Spaced Out” (which didn’t chart, but was listed in Billboard magazine’s “Top Singles Picks” in the “recommended” section).

During that same year, Lisa Stevens & Curtis Hudson wrote the song “Holiday” which was discovered by music producer Jellybean Benitez. It was offered to R&B singers Phyllis Hyman & Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), but they turned it down. The song was later given to Madonna which became a hit on the pop & dance music charts. They would later write another song for Madonna called “Spotlight.”
one hot nightIn 1984, Pure Energy released their last single to date “One Hot Night” which didn’t chart. After that, the group disbanded.

In 1986, Lisa & Curtis welcome a son named Eric, who has gone on to become a successful songwriter & producer, working with various artists such as Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, John Legend, Mary J. Blige & Trey Songz.
lovemusicIn 1989, Lisa released a solo single called “Love That Music,” but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, it’s unknown if Curtis & Lisa are still currently active in the music business, but they were interviewed in 2012 about the success of “Holiday.” It’s unknown what Raymond Hudson & Wade Hudson are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “When You’re Dancing,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You’ve Got the Power,” go to:

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

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

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

Neva

nevaNeva was a female dance\house music singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warlock Records.
Neva (2) ‎– FascinationIn 1996, she released her only single “Fascination.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all. After that, it seems as if Neva has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is up to these days.

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

China PrynzChina Prynz (real name Frances Pryzbyl) was a female freestyle\dance singer from the 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to High Power Records.
China Prynz ‎– C'est La VieIn 2000, she released her only single “C’est La Vie.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if China Prynz has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the 2000s.

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Caroline

carolineCaroline was a female dance\electronic\house music artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the New Generation Records label.

In 1996, she released her only single “Sneakin In & Out.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Caroline has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Sneakin In & Out,” go to: