Category: Pop/Rock


Shelby Starner

Shelby StarnerShelby Starner (born in 1984 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) was a teenage pop\rock singer from the late ’90s.

She began writing songs when she was 11 years old. Two years later, her demo tape was given to Warner Bros. Records who immediately signed her to a record deal.
R-3797417-1344805962-8225In 1999, she released her debut (and only) album “In the Shadows.” Even though the album wasn’t commercially successful, it was well-received by critics.
don't let themOne of the songs from the album “Don’t Let Them” was minorly successful, but it’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

For her follow-up album, Shelby worked with members of the rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers to create a more rock-oriented sound, but the album was never released.

Frustrated with her record label, she tried to end her contract with Warner Bros. to find a new label, but after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Shelby decided to take a break from the music scene to refocus her life around her family.

For the next two years, Shelby underwent treatment for bulimia, but on June 22, 2003 (two months before she was about to start her freshman year of college at the University of Pittsburgh), she died from complications caused by her eating disorder at the age of 19.

To see the music video for “Don’t Let Them,” go to:

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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:

Billy Clift

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Billy Clift was a pop-rock\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Nightwave Records.

In 1987, he released his only single “Somewhere in the Night.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.

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

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Billie Myers

billie myersBillie Myers (born on June 14, 1971 in Coventry, West Midlands, England) is a female pop\rock singer from the ’90s. She was born to a British mother & a Jamaican father and began writing poetry as a child.

Before pursuing a music career, Billie worked as a nurse and an insurance agent. After she was discovered by record producer, Peter Harris at a club, she began writing material for her debut album.
kiss the rainIn September of 1997, she released her debut single “Kiss the Rain” which became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart, #6 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and #28 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in other countries such as Canada, Australia, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Scotland. It was also featured in a episode of “Dawson’s Creek.”
growing painsIn November of that same year, Billie released her debut album “Growing, Pains” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums chart and #91 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was produced by Desmond Child and was also certified Gold.
tell meThe follow-up single from the album “Tell Me” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 chart, but missed the Hot 100. It also peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart.
you send me flyingThe last single released from the album “You Send Me Flying” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

In 2000, Billie was featured on the soundtrack to the Freddie Prinze Jr. film “Down to You” with the track “It All Comes Down To You.”
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In June of that same year, Billie released her sophomore album “Vertigo.” She was more pleased with the album because she was more direct lyrically & more assertive in the production process. The album didn’t match the success of her debut album & didn’t appear to make the album charts at all.
am i here yetThe remixed version of the first single from the album “Am I Here Yet? (Return to Sender)” received some moderate success on the dance charts. The follow-up single “Should I Call You Jesus?” received some controversy due to Billie’s frank, honest questions about religion.
just sexAfter that, not much was heard from Billie until 2005 when she released the single “Just Sex” (which was featured on Artemis Records’ “Star Struck” compliation album) and the remixed version peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

In 2006, she was the closing act for Los Angeles Gay Pride 2006, a featured act for New York City Pride 2006 & also appeared at the 25th anniversary festival of the Chicago North Halstead Market Days.

On October 11, 2009, Billie sang “America the Beautiful” before a crowd of LGBT people and their allies at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C.
wonderfulIn 2010, she released the single “Wonderful” which peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
tea and sympathyThese days, Billie continues to be active with her music career and in 2013, she released her third album “Tea & Sympathy.”

To see Billie Myers’ official website, go to:
http://www.billiemyers.com

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You Send Me Flying,” go to:

To see the music video for “Am I Here Yet?,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Should I Call You Jesus,” go to:

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

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

 

 

The Waitresses

the waitressesThe Waitresses were a pop-rock band from Akron, Ohio that was formed by guitarist\songwriter Chris Butler (born Christopher Butler on May 22, 1949 in Ohio)

The original line-up of the band consisted of lead singer Patty Donahue (born Patricia Jean Donahue on March 29, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio), jazz saxophonist Mars Williams (born on May 29, 1955 in Elmhurst, Illinois), drummer Billy Ficca (born William Joseph Ficca on February 15, 1950 in Delaware), keyboardist Dan Klayman, bassist Dave Hofstra and back-up singer Ariel Warner.

Chris formed the band in 1977 as a side project to his main work, playing in bands such as Tin Huey & the Numbers Band around the Akron area. In 1978, he wrote the song “I Know What Boys Like”. While forming the band, he enlisted Patty Donahue to sing a few of his songs at Tin Huey Shows.

Chris later relocated to New York City where he shopped around “I Know What Boys Like” which landed him a record deal at ZE Records. The song was released a single in 1980, but it didn’t make the charts. After Chris put the band together, they played in their debut concert on New Year’s Eve.
wasn't tomorrow wonderfulIn January of 1982, the Waitresses released their debut album “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?” which managed to peak at #41 on the Billboard 200 chart.

During the recording of the album, Ariel Warner left the band due to stage fright while David Hofstra left before the Waitresses’ debut album was released and he was replaced by Tracy Wormworth.
i know what boys like“I Know What Boys Like” became their biggest (and one of their well-known) hit songs to date, peaking at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #23 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart and #74 on the Cash Box singles chart. It also managed to chart in Australia (at #14) in 1982.
rule the worldIn November of that same year, the band released the EP “I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts.”
squarepegsOne of the tracks from the EP “Square Pegs” became the theme song of the short-lived 1982-83 TV series “Square Pegs” (that starred actress Sarah Jessica Parker) and the band even appeared in the pilot episode of the series.
christmas wrappingAnother one of the Waitresses’ song “Christmas Wrapping” (which was originally featured on ZE Records’ holiday compliation album ” A Christmas Record” in 1981) managed to peak at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The song received positive reception from critics and has been described as one of “the best holiday pop tunes ever recorded” (according to AllMusic.com).
bruiseologyIn May of 1983, the Waitresses released their sophomore album “Bruiseology” which failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

The two singles released from the album “Make the Weather” and “Bread and Butter” also failed to make any impact on the charts as well.

In the summer of 1984, Patty Donahue left the band and was briefly replaced by singer Holly Beth Vincent (born in Chicago, Illinois), but Holly Beth ended up leaving the band two weeks later & Patty returned to the band. By late 1984, the Waitresses had disbanded.

These days, Chris Butler continues to work in the music business as a producer along with playing in various bands.

After the Waitresses’ disbanded, lead singer Patty Donahue went on to work for ABC in the Political Unit and then worked in the A&R department at MCA. On December 9, 1996, she died of lung cancer at the age of 40.

The other past members of the band have or currently work in the music business, working on various projects.

To see the music video for “I Know What Boys Like,” go to:

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

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

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

Kim Ryder

kim ryderKim Ryder (born in 1965 from Minneapolis, Minnesota) was a pop\rock singer from the late ’80s.

Kim began singing at the age of four and by junior high school, she became involved in acting. In her high school years, she joined her first band and after graduating high school, Kim hit the road and followed bikers for awhile. For three years, she frequently changed bands & lived out a suitcase.

After arriving in New York, Kim met music producer David Werner and later on, she was signed to the Invasion Recordings record label. In 1986, she released her debut single “Money I Love.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.
angel arriveIn 1988, Kim released her only album “Angel Arrive.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
shatter the glassThe only single released from the album was the song “Shatter the Glass.” Like her album, it’s unknown how the single made any impact on the charts at all.

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

[Note: There are no videos available for this entry]

Tasmin Archer

tasmin archerTasmin Archer (born on August 3, 1963 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England) is an English female pop\rock singer from the ’90s.

After graduating from the Grange Upper School, Tasmin worked as a sewing machine operator. In 1980, she attended Bradford College to study typing and later became a clerk at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

Tasmin later joined a music group called Dignity as a backing vocalist and played in various bands around Bradford. She helped out at a recording studio called Flexible Response and began working with musicians John Beck & John Hughes as The Archers. In 1990, she signed a record deal with EMI Records.
sleepingsatelliteIn August of 1992, Tasmin released her debut single “Sleeping Satellite” which topped the U.K. Singles chart for two weeks and also topped the charts in Ireland.

In the United States, the song managed to peak at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, #16 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #24 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #12 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it Tasmin’s only hit in the U.S. to date.
greatexpectationsIn October of that same year, she released her debut album “Great Expectations” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Albums chart, #115 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. The album was later certified Gold with sales of more than 100,000 copies.
inyourcareThe follow-up single “In Your Care” (which was a song about child abuse) peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. The money made from the single was donated to the charity, Child Line.
lordsofnewchurchThe third single from the album “Lords of the New Church” peaked at #26 on the U.K. Singles chart.
somebodysdaughterThe fourth single “Somebody’s Daughter” was released in Germany only, but didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
arienneThe last single from the album “Arienne” peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart. In 1993, Tasmin won a BRIT Award for “Best British Breakthrough Act.”
shipbuildingIn 1994, Tasmin released an EP called “Shipbuilding” which featured four cover songs by Elvis Costello and the title song managed to peak at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In the United States, the EP was released as a full album and in order to fill the space, they included four tracks from Tasmin’s debut album in live form (including an acoustic version of “Sleeping Satellite”). Despite receiving good reviews from critics, the album failed to make any impact in the U.S. at all.
bloomAfter that, not much was heard from Tasmin until 1996 when she released her second full-length album “Bloom” which didn’t appear to chart on the U.K. Albums chart at all and didn’t appear to have a lot of promotion from Tasmin’s record label.

In fact, EMI Records weren’t quite supportive of the material that Tasmin recorded for the album, calling it too uncommercial and removed from the sound of her first album. It took almost a year for John Archer & John Hughes to convince EMI executives to get the album released in the way that they wanted it to be.
onemorenightThe only single from the album to chart was “One More Good Night With the Boys” which managed to peak at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart.
sweetlittletruthThe follow-up single “Sweet Little Truth” flopped. Due to disagreements with the label, Tasmin left EMI and took a break from the music business, but she pursued other activities such as painting & moulding clay.

In 2002, Tasmin and John Hughes began working on music again and in 2006, she released her third full-length album “On” on her record label, Quiverdisc. The song “Every Time I Want It (Effect is Monotony)” was released as a digital download.

During that same year in an interview, Tasmin said that she & John Hughes were pursuing opportunities to write for television & film soundtracks. Since then, they have provided work on various television shows including the British soap opera “Eastenders.”

These days, it appears as if Tasmin is still continuing with her music career, but it’s unknown whether or not she’ll release a new album in the near future.

To see Tasmin Archer’s official website, go to:
http://www.tasminarcher.com/

To follow Tasmin Archer on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/tasminarche

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

To see the music video for “In Your Care,” go to:

To see the music video for “Lords of the New Church,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Somebody’s Daughter,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “One More Good Night With the Boys,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sweet Little Truth,” go to:

To see the music video for “Every Time I Want It (Effect is Monotony),” go to:

Breathe

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Breathe was an English pop\rock band from the 1980s. The band (who were childhood friends from Hampshire, England) that attended the Yateley School together) originally consisted of five people and were called Catch 22.

After bassist Phill Harrison left to join the fire brigade, the band was down to a quartet which consisted of singer David Glasper (born on January 4, 1965 in Cardigan, Mid Wales), guitarist Marcus Lillington (born on February 28, 1967 in London), drummer Ian “Spike” Spice (born on September 18, 1966) and bass guitarist Michael “Mick” Delahunty.

In 1984, Breathe began working on demos which were later introduced to the personnel from Siren Records which led to them getting a record deal with A&M Records.
R-1893973-1418775982-9430In 1985, the band released their debut single “Don’t Tell Me Lies” which originally peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart, but after their debut album was released, the single was re-issued and peaked at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1989.

In the United States, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
R-964595-1290433732In 1987, Breathe released their second single “Hands to Heaven” became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and also peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart.
R-747080-1367061159-4725In April of 1988, the band released their debut album “All That Jazz” which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the U.K. Albums chart.

During that same year, Michael left the band, leaving David, Marcus & Spike to promote the album & singles as a trio.
R-3530193-1334068816The third single from the album “Jonas” was only released in the United Kingdom and managed to peak at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-1343313-1211295981The album’s fourth single “How Can I Fall” became another pop hit for Breathe, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks in November of 1988. In the U.K., the song peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The last two singles from the album “Any Trick” and “All This I Should Have Known” didn’t chart at all.
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In August of 1990, Breathe released their sophomore album “Peace of Mind” which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200, but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
R-4783548-1375387730-4332The first single from the album “Say Hello” peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-2368413-1368628038-3849The follow-up single “Say a Prayer” fared better in the United States, where it peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, but peaked at a low #93 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-3832615-1346171049-7130The last single released from the album “Does She Love That Man” peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

Due to lack of record label promotion, Breathe later disbanded. In 2000, Ian “Spike” Spice passed away.

These days, Marcus Lillington & former member Phill Harrison perform together in a band called Stroke the Toad. Marcus also works at a web design firm called Headscape and co-hosts a web design podcast on Boagworld.com.

In the last few years, David Glasper made some demos on YouTube and as of 2012, he was playing music in southeast Asia. It’s unknown what Michael Delahunty is up to these days since leaving the band.

To see the music video for “Don’t Tell Me Lies,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “How Can I Fall,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “All This I Should Have Known,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Say a Prayer,” go to:

To see the music video for “Does She Love That Man?”,” go to:

Angela Ammons

imageAngela Ammons (born in Austin, Texas) was a teen pop\rock singer from the 2000s. Her brother, Christopher was an actor. She first began her music career singing karaoke.

At the age of 17, she signed to Abrupt\Universal Records after playing demos that were recorded during a trip to California.
imageIn 2001, Angela appeared on the soundtrack to “American Pie 2” with her first single “Always Getting Over You.” It’s unknown how or if it made the charts.

She also appeared on the second soundtrack to the film “Save the Last Dance” called “More Save the Last Dance” with the song “When It Doesn’t Matter.”
imageDuring that same year, Angela released her self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if it made the album charts at all.
imageHer follow-up single “Big Girl” managed to peak at #33 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart.

After that, not much was heard from Angela. In 2003, she married author & syndicated columnist Cameron Parrish.

According to research, these days, Angela (now Angela Parrish) resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband & three children and appears to work as a photographer.

To see the music video for “Always Getting Over You,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “When It Doesn’t Matter,” go to:

Noel & The Red Wedge

imageNoel and the Red Wedge was a pop-rock band from the ’80s that consisted of female singer Noel (born Patrica A. Noel), guitarist Aseley Otten, drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Ricky Phillips and drummer\singer-songwriter Thom Mooney.
imageIn 1979, Noel released a solo album for Virgin Records called “Is There More to Life Than Dancing?” It’s unknown how or if the album was successful.

Thom Mooney has performed in bands such as Nazz, Paris, Tattoo and the Curtis Bros. Ricky Phillips has performed in bands such as Styx and the Babys. Frankie Banali is well-known for working with the band, Quiet Riot.

imageIn 1982, the band released their debut (and only) album “Peer Pressure” on Scotti Bros. Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the Billboard 200 chart.
imageThe first single from the album “Special to You” didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.
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imageThe follow-up singles “Stranger” and “She’s a Big Girl Now” also flopped on the charts.

After that, it seems as if Noel and the Red Wedge has faded into obscurity. These days, Frankie, Thom and Ricky continue to be active in the music business. As for Aseley and Noel, their whereabouts are unknown.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “She’s a Big Girl Now,” go to: