Category: Pop


Tag Team

tag teamTag Team was a hip-hop\pop\rap duo from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of DC the Brain Supreme (whose real name Cecil Glenn) and Steve Roll’n (whose real name is Steve Gibson).  Prior to the duo’s success,  DC worked as a DJ at a strip club in Georgia.
Whomp! (There It Is)In May of 1993, the duo released their debut single “Whoomp! (There It Is)” which became their biggest & well-known hit song, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #5 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and topped Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.

The song sold over 4 million copies and has been featured in many TV shows, movies, commercials & played at sporting events as well.

Tag Team also released different variations of the song such as “Addams Family (Whoomp)” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Addams Family Reunion”) that managed to peak at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 & “Whoomp! (There It Went)” (which featured Disney characters Mickey, Minnie & Goofy) which also peaked at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Whoomp! (There It Is) albumIn July of 1993, the duo released their debut album “Whoomp! (There It Is)” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 & #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

u go girlThe follow-up single from the album “U Go Girl” peaked at #85 in Australia, but failed to chart in the United States.Here It Is! BammIn 1994, they released the single “Here It Is, Bam!” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks, but missed the Hot 100.
Audio EntertainmentIn 1995, Tag Team released their sophomore album “Audio Entertainment” which flopped, failing to make any impact on the music charts at all. During that same year, they contributed the song “Pig Power” for the 1995 film “Gordy.”

In 1997, Tag Team’s record label, Bellmark Records faced a lawsuit over the sampling of their song “Whoomp! There It Is” which sampled a beginning synthesizer line from music act Kano’s 1980 song “I’m Ready”.  Bellmark paid several hundred dollars to settle the lawsuit and ended up filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

After that, it seemed as if Tag Team faded into obscurity.

After Tag Team came to an end, DC continued to DJ in strip clubs, but later dabbled in voice acting, photography & online marketing.

As for Steve Roll’n, he was convicted in 1998 for selling marijuana and sent to prison. He was released in January of 2001 & later formed a record label called Merciless Music. These days, he is divorced with a daughter.

To see the music video for “Whoomp! (There It Is),” go to:

To see the music video for “Addams Family (Whoomp!),” go to:

To see the music video for “Whoomp! (There It Went),” go to:

To see the music video for “U Go Girl,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Here It Is, Bam!”, go to:

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

To see the music video for “Funkey Situation” (from their sophomore 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:

Bayje

BayjeBayje [pronounced “beige”] (born Brittany Doray from Syracuse, New York) is a female pop\R&B singer that first made her presence in the music business in the 2000s.

She got her stage name from her mother after tearfully coming home from school & asking her, “If I’m not black and I’m not white, what am I?” and her mother responded with, “You’re beige.”

Growing up, Bayje was exposed to various types of music from her parents. After winning a karaoke contest at a local radio station, she began performing and at the age of 12, she was discovered by talent manager Bill Herndon, who became her manager & signed her to a production deal.
greatest giftAfter over 4 years of trying to get a record deal, Bayje finally signed a deal with Atlantic Records when she was just 16 years old. In 2006, she released her debut single “The Greatest Gift.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any charts at all, but it was released on iTunes.
stepup2In 2008, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Step Up 2 The Streets” with the track “Impossible.”
find a wayDuring that same year, she released the single “Find a Way” which received some moderate feedback, but didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. During that time, she created an online PSA campaign called “Find Your Way to Extraordinary” which provided a platform for teens to share about the issues in their lives.

Baye was supposed to release her debut album sometime around 2009, but due to personal issues, she severed ties with her record label & went on to take a two-year hiatus.

By the 2010s, Bayje (who currently goes under the name Kat Doray) became an independent music artist. In 2012, she released a music video for her song “A Broken Home.”

big bad wolfIn 2015, she released the single “Big Bad Wolf” which has received. As of 2016, she appears to still be working on new music, working with The Rookies production team out of New Jersey.

 

 

To see Kat Doray’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see Kat Doray’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/KatDoray/

To see the music video for “Find a Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Greatest Gift,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “A Broken Home,” go to:

To see the music video for “Big Bad Wolf,” go to:

To see the music video for one of Bayje’s songs “No Happy Ending,” go to:

Lonnie Gordon

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:

Candi

CandiCandi was a Canadian pop band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of lead singer Candita “Candy” Pennella, bassist & background vocalist Nino Milazzo, drummer & percussionist Paul Russo & keyboardist Rich Imbrogno.

The band originally performed as an Italian wedding band. They later began playing at local area clubs & dances where they attracted the attention of record executives from I.R.S. Records label who signed them to a record contract.
dancing under latin moonIn 1988, Candi released their debut single “Dancing Under a Latin Moon” which peaked at #26 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada. In the United States, the song became the band’s only hit song to date, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
candialbumDuring that same year, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was certified platinum in Canada (with sales of 100,000 units).
under your spellThe band’s follow-up single “Under Your Spell” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It’s unknown how it charted in Canada.
missing youThe third single released from the album “Missing You” peaked at #18 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
love makes no promisesThe last single from the album “Love Makes No Promises” became Candi’s highest charting single in Canada, peaking at #9 on the RPM Top Singles chart.

At the 1990 Juno Awards, Candi’s songs “Under Your Spell” & “Missing You” were nominated for the award of “Best Dance Recording”. Candy Pennella was nominated for the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year,” but she lost to Rita MacNeil. She was nominated the next year, but lost to Celine Dion.
world keeps on turning albumIn 1990, Candi changed their name to Candi & the Backbeat and released their sophomore album “World Keeps On Turning.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold.
friends foreverThe only single to chart was “Friends Forever” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 1991.

The other two singles released from the album “The World Just Keeps On Turning” (which was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Dance Recording”) and “Good Together” didn’t appear to chart.

After a North American tour in 1991, Candy Pennella decided to disband the band and members went on to pursue other projects.

Candy married Paul Russo (who began working as a session musician), attended York University where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Education degree. These days, she works as a teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

It’s unknown what Nino Milazzo & Rich Imbrogno are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” go to:

To see the music video for “Under Your Spell,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Love Makes No Promises,” go to:

To see the music video for “The World Just Keeps on Turning,” go to:

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

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

The Beu Sisters

beu sistersThe Beu Sisters (born in New York City) are a pop music girl group that originally consisted of sisters Candice, Jilaine, Christie & Danielle. Their parents were Broadway veterans.

Born in New York, the sisters and their family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1989. In 1997, the sisters recorded a homemade demo. Outside of music, Candice is skilled in art (particularly in drawing & painting), Jiliane did costume design and Christie was a champion surfer.

By the end of the ’90s, they formed an a cappella music group and later opened for artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Bad Company, John Anderson & Daryle Singletary. They were later discovered by songwriter Desmond Child who helped sign them to a record deal with S-Curve Records.
decisionsIn 2002, the Beu Sisters released their debut album “Decisions”. It’s unknown how or if the album charted it all, but it received positive reception from critics.
seventeenThe only single released from the album was “I Was Only (Seventeen).” Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single made the music charts at all.

Throughout the early\mid-2000s, the Beu Sisters appeared on various movie & TV soundtracks such as “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” “Home on the Range,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Smallville” and “Charmed.”

The group was also well-known on the Disney Channel, performing at Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl & Disneymania In Concert.” They also opened for singers Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken on a 32-city tour.

The Beu Sisters later signed an entertainment deal with Sony\Columbia Records, but due to unknown delays, their deal didn’t pan out quite well, so they decided to take a break from the music business.

During their hiatus, the sisters found themselves waiting tables, teaching vocal lessons, gardening, cleaning homes and starting families of their own, but they still continued to perform music.

In 2012, the Beu Sisters (minus Jilaine) made a comeback to the music scene and released three EPs: “Beu-tiful” Volumes 1, 2 & 3. These days, the sisters continue to perform as a trio.

(Note [05\10\2017]: This week, I received a comment from one of the Beu Sisters, Candice and this is what she had to say:
Hello there….I’m a Beu Sister! Just wanted to say thank you for creating this for us. Just found it today as I was recounting tales from years gone by to my 9 yr old. This page had everything summarized so concisely. Very nice job. Wondering how you found us? Were you a former fan-friend? I’ve been in the process of writing a memoir & creating a little Indi documentary about my big show biz family’s time in the limelight. So nice to know that even in our obscurity our contributions to the music industry have not been completely lost or forgotten. Again, much appreciation, love & light to you -Candice Beu“)

To follow the Beu Sisters on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/BeuSisters/

To see a video for the Beu Sisters appearing on MTV, go to:

To see the music video for “Definition of a Lady” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 1 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Daze” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 2 EP), go to:

To see the music video for their song “Everything Will Be Alright” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 3 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Anytime You Need a Friend” (from the “Home on the Range” soundtrack), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Make Me Feel Like a Star” (from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack, go to), go to:

The Vapors

the vaporsThe Vapors are a new wave\power pop band from Guildford, Surrey, England who were known in the United States for being a “one-hit wonder.” The line-up consisted of lead singer-songwriter & rhythm guitarist David Fenton, drummer Howard Smith, lead guitarist Edward Bazalgette (born in London, England) and bass guitarist & vocalist Steve Smith.

The band formed in 1978 when an early version of the band was discovered by Bruce Foxton (from punk rock band The Jam) playing at the Three Lions pub in Farncombe (located in Waverley, Surrey, England) and offered the band a few gigs & agreed to jointly manage them with John Weller (the father of English musician Paul Weller). After that, they were offered a slot supporting The Jam on the “Settling Sons” tour in 1979.
prisonersAt the end of 1979, the Vapors signed a record deal with the United Artists record label and released their first single “Prisoners” which flopped on the charts.
new clear daysIn 1980, the band released their debut album “New Clear Days” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Albums chart and #62 on the Billboard 200 chart.
turning japaneseTheir second single “Turning Japanese” became a hit, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart and topping the music charts in Australia & Canada. In the United States, the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The song’s lyric content was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation, but Dave Fenton (who wrote the song) denied that claim in an interview on VH1, but however, he said wished to thank whoever first came up with that interpretation.

The follow-up single “News at Ten” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. The last single released from the album “Waiting for the Weekend” failed to chart.
magnetsIn 1981, the Vapors released their second (and current to date) album “Magnets” which peaked at #109 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on the Canadian Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
jimmie jonesSales for the band’s follow-up album were poor and the only single to chart from the album was “Jimmie Jones” (which name-checked cult leader Jim Jones) which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart and managed to peak at #39 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

In 1982, the Vapors disbanded. According to Dave Fenton, he alleged in an interview with “Record Collector” magazine that the lack of support from their record label was the reason for the band’s break-up and that their seventh single “Red Flag” was cancelled without any explanation.

After the band broke up, Dave Fenton released a solo single in 1983 called “Fresh Air” on Razor Records, but it’s unknown how successful it was. In the early 1990s, he returned to the legal profession and spent the next 17 years in London as a in-house solicitor for the Musicians’ Union.

Meanwhile, Edward Bazalgette became a TV director, directing TV programs for the BBC such as “Doctor Who” and two BBC documentaries: “Genghis Khan” (in 2005) and “Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare” (in 2006).

Howard Smith ran an independent record shop called People Records in Guildford, Surrey, England which closed in 2016.

Steve Smith formed a music act called Shoot!Dispute in 1984. Later on, he began working in sound engineering and was even the resident engineer at venues such as The Barfly. He later became a member of music trio The Shakespearos.

In April of 2016, Dave Fenton, Ed Bazelgette & Steve Smith performed at the Half Moon in Putney, London, England and since then, it appears as if the band has reunited, but with Michael Bowes now playing drums instead of Howard Smith.

To follow the Vapors on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/TheVaporsOfficial/

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “News at Ten,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Waiting For the Weekend,” go to:

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

Taco

tacoTaco (born Taco Ockerse on July 21, 1955 in Jakarta, Indonesia) is a male pop\new wave singer who is known for being a one-hit wonder during the ’80s.

He spent much of his childhood moving around the world, residing in places such as the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg, Germany & Belgium. While in Belgium, he attended the International School of Brussels and graduated in 1973.

After that, Taco studied interior decorating and completed acting school in Hamburg, Germany. While in school, Taco had lead roles in numerous productions such as “The Fantasticks,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Carousel.”

In 1975, Taco began performing professionally in theater in plays such as “Sweet Charity,” “Three Musketeers” and “Chicago.” He was also the director & choreographer for the musical “Nightchild.” In 1979, he performed “West Side Story” at the Hamburg Opera House. During that same year, he founded his first band called Taco’s Bizz.

In 1981, Taco signed his first record contract with Polydor Records in Germany. A year later in 1982, he released his debut single, a cover version of Irving Berlin’s 1929 song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and his debut album “After Eight” (which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 & was moderately successful in other countries as well).

By the late summer of 1983, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox magazine chart, making it his only hit in the United States to date. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 1 million copies. It also peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

Internationally, the song topped the charts in Sweden & New Zealand and was moderately successful in other countries such as Canada, Norway, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
singin in the rainTaco’s follow-up single from the album “Singin’ in the Rain” peaked at #49 on the music charts in Germany, #98 on the U.K. Singles chart and #46 on the music charts in Canada.
superphysicalIn 1983, he released a single called “Superphysical Resurrection” which was released only in countries such as Germany, France, Italy & Spain. It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all, but a music video was made for the song.
Let's Face The MusicIn 1984, he released his follow-up album “Let’s Face the Music” which peaked at #58 in Germany, but didn’t appear to fare well in the United States.

Throughout the ’80s, Taco continued to release albums such as “Swing Classics/In the Mood of Glenn Miller” in 1985, “Tell Me That You Like It” in 1986 and a self-titled album in 1987.

In 1989, he briefly switched to contemporary pop music, releasing the singles “Love Touch” & “Got to Be Your Lover.” Between 1989 and 1996, Taco dabbled in acting, appearing in various films & theater productions.
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These days, Taco resides in Germany where he continues to be active in the entertainment business, performing and working on various projects. In 2017, he released a new version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” called “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017.”

To see Taco’s official website, go to:
http://www.taco.tc

To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” go to:

To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017,” go to:

To see the music video for “Singin’ in the Rain,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Got to Be Your Lover,” go to:

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

 

 

Hepburn

hepburnHepburn was a female British pop-rock band whose members consisted of vocalist Jamie Benson (born on September 27, 1978 from Bognor Regis, England), guitarist Lisa Lister (born on July 24, 1981 from Worlington, England), bassist Sarah Davies (born on January 22, 1981 from Mansfield, England) and drummers Beverley Fullen (born on October 9, 1978 from Sunderland, England), Lisa Gordon (born on January 5, 1980 from Walsall, West Midlands in England) & Tasha Baylis (born on December 27, 1974 from London, England). The group’s name was inspired by actress Audrey Hepburn.

The band began in 1997 when Jamie Benson met Lisa Lister at a party. Beverley Fullen knew Jamie from music school and Sarah Davies was added into the group to complete the line-up.
i quitIn May of 1999, Hepburn released their debut single “I Quit” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was written by Phil Thornalley (who had gained success writing Natalie Imbruglia’s hit song “Torn”).

A music video was released along with the single and later in the year, a new video for the song was made using scenes from the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (which included scenes of the band on the sets of the show and the band acting like vampires). Although the song never appeared on the “Buffy” TV show, it was featured on its television soundtrack.
bugsIn August of 1999, the band released their second single “Bugs” which peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.
hepburn1999During that same year, they released their only self-titled album on Columbia Records which peaked at #28 on the U.K. Albums chart. A month later, Beverley Fullen left Hepburn and was replaced by Lisa Gordon who was later replaced by Tasha Bayliss.
deep deep downIn February of 2000, Hepburn released their third (and ultimately last) single “Deep Deep Down” which peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the summer of that same year, the band broke up after being dropped from their record label.

After Hepburn came to an end, Jamie Benson released a solo album in 2002 called “Jamie Benson – My Confession.” After that, nothing much was heard from her and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

These days, Sarah Davies works as Detective Constable with the Nottinghamshire Police. Beverley Fullen works a DJ for 96.4 Eagle Radio’s Breakfast Show (which broadcasts throughout Surrey and Hampshire, England).

Tasha Bayliss appears to still be active in the music business and has appeared on music act Glass Pear’s 2010 EP “Sweet America.” As for Lisa Lister and Lisa Gordon, it’s unknown what they are up these days and they have also seemingly faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

Dana Glover

dana gloverDana Glover (born on October 14, 1974 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a female pop singer-songwriter & pianist from the 2000s.

Dana resided in Asheville, North Carolina as a child and when she was 16 years old, she went to Manhattan, New York to pursue a modeling career. At the age of 18, she decided to pursue a career in music and first became a piano player in Nashville, Tennessee and then later in Los Angeles, California.

In 2001, Dana recorded the song “Plan On Forever” which was featured on the soundtrack to the Jennifer Lopez film “The Wedding Planner” and was later featured on the soundtrack to the film “Shrek” with the song “It Is You (I Have Loved).”
testimonyIn October of 2002, she released her debut album “Testimony” on DreamWorks Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all in the United States, but it managed to peak at #43 on the U.K. Albums chart.
thinking over

rainThe lead single from the album “Thinking Over” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, #22 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart and #38 on the U.K. Singles chart. The follow-up single “Rain” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.

After that, Dana appeared on various soundtracks for films such as “Two Weeks Notice,” “Laws of Attraction” and “Blueprint.” In 2010, she was featured on saxophonist Dave Koz’s album “Hello Tomorrow” on the track “Start All Over Again.”

In 2012, Dana arranged & sang vocals on four tracks on Leonard Cohen’s album “Old Ideas” and was featured on his 2014 album “Popular Problems.” These days, she appears to still be active in the music business & in 2016, she was featured on another one of Leonard Cohen’s albums “You Want it Darker.”

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

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