Category: Disco


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:

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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: