Category: R&B


N-Tyce

n-tyceN-Tyce were an R&B\pop girl group from London, England that consisted of members Ario Obubore, Chantal Kerzner, Donna Studds and M’Chelle Robinson. The group was signed to the Telestar Records label.
hey djIn 1997, the group released their debut single “Hey DJ! (Play That Song)” which peaked at #20 on the U.K. Singles chart.
we come to partyTheir follow-up single “We Come to Party” fared better on the charts, peaking at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was released as their debut single in the United States, but it didn’t appear to generate a lot of success there.
telefunkinIn 1998, N-Tyce released the single “Telefunkin'” which peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart.
all day every dayIn June of that same year, the group released their debut and only album “All Day Every Day” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the album was released promotionally.
boom boomThe last single from the album “Boom Boom” peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their last chart appearance to date.

In July of 1998, N-Tyce was one of the opening acts for *NSYNC’s concert tour “NSYNC in Concert.” By 1999, the group disbanded and faded into obscurity, but according to research, N-Tyce had reportedly planned on reuniting in 2011 along with releasing a new album, but it’s unknown if those plans ever happened.

These days, it’s unknown what the members of N-Tyce are up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see the music video for “Hey DJ! (Play That Song),” go to:

To see the music video for “We Come to Party,” go to:

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

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

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Gregori Hunte

Gregori HunteGregori Hunte was a male R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Acme Music Corporation label.
somebody lied

In 1983, he released his debut and only single “Somebody Lied.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted, but the music video got some airplay on RockAmerica.

After that, it seems as if Gregori has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is currently up to these days.

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

Hy-Ryze

Love Is Alive And Well In YouHy-Rize was an R&B music act from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this music act, but Hy-Rize was signed to the ARI Records label.

In 1982, Hy-Rize released their only single “Love Is Alive And Well in You” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it’s unknown what happened to Hy-Rize and it seems as if they have faded into obscurity.

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

Jackie Moore

jackie mooreJackie Moore (born in 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an R&B singer from the ’70s. It’s unknown what her early life was like, but she moved to Philadelphia in the late ’60s.


Between 1968 to 1969, Jackie released three singles: “Dear John,” “Why Don’t You Call on Me” and “Loser Again.” It’s unknown if either of those singles made the charts.

After the lack of success from the singles, Jackie returned to Jacksonville and (partly owing to her cousin, producer Dave Crawford) signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
precious preciousIn 1970, Jackie released the single “Precious, Precious” which became a hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks). The single sold over 1 million copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1971.

Her next single “Darling Baby” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) in 1972, but missed the Hot 100. During that same year, she released another single called “Time” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks).
sweet charlie babeIn 1973, Jackie released her debut album “Sweet Charlie Babe” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
scharliebabeThe title song managed to peak at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, (staying on the chart for 13 weeks) and #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Jackie’s last charting single on the Hot 100 chart.
bothendsagainstmiddleThe last single released from the album “Both Ends Against the Middle” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
makemefeellikewomanIn 1975, Jackie released her sophomore album “Make Me Feel Like a Woman” on the Kayvette Records label which didn’t make the album charts at all. The title song peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, making it her highest charting single on the chart to date, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.


In 1976, Jackie released the singles “Puttin’ It Down to You” (which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart), “It’s Harder to Leave” (which peaked at #74 and “Disco Body (Shake It to the East, Shake it to the West)” (which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart).
make me yours
In 1978, Jackie released a cover version of singer Bettye Swann’s 1967 song “Make Me Yours” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
personally
During that same year, she released the single “Personally” which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
this time baby
In 1979, Jackie released a disco version of the O’Jays’ 1978 song “This Time Baby” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in August. It also peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks).
onmywayDuring that same year, she released her third album “I’m On My Way” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
with your loveIn 1980, she released her last album to date “With Your Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
love wont let me wait
She released a cover version of Major Harris’ song “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” with Barry White which managed to peak at #78 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
holding back
Her last chart appearance was in 1983 with the single “Holding Back” on the Catawba Records label which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

Jackie continued to release various singles throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, but she eventually retired from the music business to care for her family, but continued to make occasional appearances every now & then.

These days, it’s unknown what Jackie Moore is up to these days and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Sweet Charlie Babe,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Make Me Feel Like a Woman,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “This Time Baby,” go to:

To see the music video for “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” go to:

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

Brenda Russell

Brenda RussellBrenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon on April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is an R&B singer\songwriter who began her music career in the ’70s.

Brenda was born & raised in Brooklyn and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she performed in local bands and also sang in a girl group called the Tiaras. In her late teen years, she joined the Toronto production of the musical “Hair.” During that time, Brenda began playing the piano.

In the early ’70s, she married musician Brian Russell and the two of them formed a duo called Brian & Brenda. Together, they released two albums and were featured as backing vocalists for Elton John’s 1975 concert at Wembley Stadium. By the late ’70s, Brenda and Brian divorced, so she moved on to pursue a solo career.
so good so rightIn 1979, after signing a record deal with the Horizon Records label, Brenda released her debut single “So Good, So Right” which became a top 30 hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks). The song also managed to peak at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart.
brussell79After that, Brenda released her self-titled debut album on A&M Records which peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
way back whenThe follow-up single “Way Back When” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

One of the tracks from the album “If Only For One Night” was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985. Another track from the album “A Little Bit of Love” has been sampled by artists such as Big Pun, Thalia and Ariana Grande.
love lifeIn 1981, Brenda released her sophomore album “Love Life” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.
love the one you loseThe only single from the album to chart was “If You Love (The One You Lose)” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. After that, Brenda left A&M Records and signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
two eyesIn 1983, Brenda released her third album “Two Eyes” which also didn’t generate a lot of success.

One of the tracks from the album “It’s Something” was covered by Lalah Hathaway in 1990 under the title “Somethin’.” After that, Brenda’s contract with Warner Bros. Records ended, so she moved to Sweden where she began writing songs for her next album.

Throughout the ’80s, Brenda has written songs for artists such as Anita Pointer, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer. By 1988, she returned to A&M Records.
get hereDuring that same year, she released her fourth album “Get Here” during that same year. The album peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to peak at #77 on the U.K. Albums chart.
piano in the darkThe first single from the album “Piano in the Dark” (which featured vocals from Joe Esposito) became Brenda’s only top 10 hit song to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).

In 1989, the song earned Brenda two Grammy Award nominations, including one for “Song of the Year.” The song has also been covered and sampled by various artists.
gravityThe second single from the album “Gravity” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart and #42 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
get hereThe third single “Get Here” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks). Three years later in 1991, Oleta Adams covered the song which became a hit on the music charts.
le restaurantThe last single released from the album “Le Restaurant” peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 4 weeks).
kiss meIn 1990, Brenda released her fifth album “Kiss Me with the Wind” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
stop running awayThe only single to chart from the album was “Stop Running Away” which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks).

In 1991, Brenda was featured on singer Gerald Alston’s song “Tell Me This Night Won’t End” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 5 weeks).
greatesthits92A year later in 1992, Brenda’s greatest hits compliation album was released. The album was the last album of hers that was released under A&M Records.

After that, Brenda signed a record deal with EMI Records and released her sixth album “Soul Talkin'” in 1993. The album didn’t chart, but one of the tracks “No Time for Time” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

After the release of her sixth album, Brenda took some time off to record her own music and composed songs for other artists. She also contributed to the score for the 1998 film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” In 1999, she appeared in the film “Liberty Heights” where she performed two songs that were written for the movie.
paris rainIn 2000, Brenda released her seventh album “Paris Rain” which was released on the Hidden Beach Records label. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Sheila E., Dave Koz and Carole King.

In 2003, Brenda signed a record deal in the United Kingdom with the Dome Records label where she released another compliation album called “So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell” and her eighth album “Between the Sun and the Moon” in 2004.

In 2005, Brenda wrote the score to the Broadway musical version of “The Color Purple.” She & her co-writers were nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Score” and a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album.”

In 2009, she released three tracks from her ninth studio album “This is Real Life” on her official website, but as of 2017, nothing much further information is given about the album and whether or not it will be released.

These days, Brenda continues to be active with her music career. In 2015, she moved from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas.

To see Brenda Russell’s official website, go to:
http://www.brendarussell.com/

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

To see a fan-made video for “So Good, So Right,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Way Back When,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You Love (The One You Lose),” go to:

To see the music video for “Piano in the Dark,” go to:

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

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

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

To see the music video for “Stop Running Away,” go to:

To see the music video for “No Time for Time,” go to:

Ren

renRen (born Joseph Postell from Chicago, Illinois) was a male R&B singer from the early ‘2000s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Music Mind Records.
ren albumIn 2001, Ren released his self-titled and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
calling my nameThe only single to chart from the album was “Calling My Name” (featuring artists Christina Sanchez & Rhyme) which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 24 weeks.

Another single “Breathe Again” was released, but didn’t chart. After that, it seems as if Ren has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Calling My Name,” go to:

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

Jennifer

jennifer
Jennifer was a female R&B singer from the 2000s. Not much informations is given about her, but she was signed to the B-Town Records label.
jennifer album
In 2000, she released her debut and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

The two singles released from the album “Y U Calling Me” and “Feel Like Making Love” also flopped as well.

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

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

Sandra Sidwell

sandra sidwellSandra Sidwell was an R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about Sandra, but she was signed to the Sutra Records label.

In 1981, she released her only single to date “Chant A’ Moi.” It’s unknown how or if the song charted or how much impact it made.

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

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

mcfadden and whiteheadMcFadden & Whitehead were an R&B music duo, songwriters & producers from the ’70s that consisted of Gene McFadden (born on January 28, 1949 in Olanta, South Carolina) & John Whitehead (born on July 10, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

As teenagers, McFadden & Whitehead formed a music group called The Epsilons who were discovered by the late Otis Redding & toured with him until Redding’s tragic death in an airplane crash in 1967.

In 1970, they signed a record deal with Stax Records and had some moderate success with a song called “The Echo.” They later joined the Philly International Records label where they wrote several hit songs for artists such as the O’Jays (whose 1972 song “Back Stabbers” topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart).

They also wrote songs for other artists such as The Intruders, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass and Archie Bell & Drells.
mw albumIn 1977, McFadden & Whitehead formed a music duo together. Two years later in 1979, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album would later be certified Gold by the RIAA.
R-200419-1334736200.jpegThe lead single from the album “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” became a hit, topping Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for a week in June of 1979. It also reached the pop charts, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it their only pop hit to reach the Hot 100) & peaked at #10 on Billboard’s dance music chart as well.

The song sold over 8 million copies worldwide and was even nominated for a Grammy Award. Since then, it has been covered by various artists such as Luther Vandross, Wayman Tisdale and George Michael during his 1991 “Cover to Cover” tour.
musicThe follow-up single released from the album “Mr. Music\Do You Want To Dance” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
pushed asideThe last single released from the album “I’ve Been Pushed Aside” peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 7 weeks).
heard it in a love songIn 1980, McFadden & Whitehead released their sophomore album “I Heard It in a Love Song” which peaked at #153 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
heard it in love songThe title song peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks) and #74 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
lets me knowThe follow-up single from the album “That Lets Me Know I’m In Love” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
movin onIn 1983, the duo released their last studio album “Movin’ On” on Capitol Records which flopped, failing to make any impact on the album charts at all.
one more timeThe only single to chart from the album “One More Time” managed to peak at #58 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks).
Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way)In 1984, McFadden & Whitehead revisited their hit song “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by releasing the single “Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Ain’t No Way)” which managed to peak at #81 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to make any impact at all in the United States.

Throughout the rest of the ’80s, the duo continued to write songs for artists such as Freddie Jackson & Melba Moore. John Whitehead’s sons, Kenny and John Whitehead Jr. formed a music duo of their own (under the name “The Whitehead Brothers”), releasing their debut album in 1986.
need money badAfter serving time in prison for tax evasion, John released a solo album called “I Need Money Bad.” The title song was moderately successful on the R&B charts.

During the ’90s, McFadden and Whitehead reunited to perform at various nostalgia shows and corporate functions.

Tragically on May 11, 2004, John Whitehead was shot to death while working on his car outside of his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 55 years old and his murder remains unsolved.

During that same year, Gene McFadden was diagnosed with lung & liver cancer. Sadly on January 27, 2006 (almost two years after John’s death), he died from the disease just one day shy of his 57th birthday.

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I’ve Been Pushed Aside,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Heard It in a Love Song,” go to:

To see a video for “That Lets Me Know I’m in Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “One More Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t No Stoppin’ (Ain’t No Way),” go to:

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for John Whitehead’s song “I Need Money Bad,” go to:

yellow sunshineYellow Sunshine was an R&B\funk\rock music band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that consisted of brothers Karl (who played drums) & Roland Chambers (who played guitar), percussionist Lester Young, bass player Idres Young and later keyboardist Dexter Wansel & saxophonist Ron Harding.
yellow sunshine albumIn 1973, the band released their debut (and only) self-titled album on Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff’s record label, Gamble.
sunshine tell me laterThe album didn’t appear to chart at all nor did the single “Yellow Sunshine/ Don’t Tell Me Later Girl”.

The band broke up after Dexter Wansel joined Gamble & Huff’s creative staff. Since then, he has gone on to produce & write songs for numerous artists along with releasing a couple of solo albums.

The Chambers brothers went on to join the band MFSB (which was formed by Gamble & Huff). They also produced & wrote music for other artists as well. On February 24, 2002, Karl died of cancer and six months later, Roland died on August 5, 2002 from heart issues.

It is currently unknown what Lester Young, Idres Young and Ron Harding are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Tell Me Later Girl,” go to: