Category: R&B


Marqo

marqoMarqo was a male R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Rasi record label.
smooth and spicyIn 1994, he released his only album to date, “Smooth And Spicy.” It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted at all or if it made any impact whatsoever.

After that, nothing much was heard from Marqo and it seems as if he has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Baby Don’t Cry,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Keep Runnin’ Back,” go to:

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The Nights

the nightsThe Nights were an R&B\funk music band from the ’70s that was led & produced by recording artist\producer H.B. Barnum. The members of the band consisted of Rickey Blain, Anthony Brahumm, Ira Clark, Dennis Hagger, Joey L. Mingo, Vincent Rocto & Anthony Williams.
the nights albumIn 1976, they released their debut and only self-titled album on the ABC Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The two singles released from the album “Country Girl” and “(When You Dropped Your Guard) Love Knocked You Down” didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if The Nights have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’70s.

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

To see a fan-made video for “(When You Dropped Your Guard) Love Knocked You Down,” go to:

New York City

New York CityNew York City was an R&B vocal group from the ’70s that consisted of vocalists Tim McQueen (born in Innettsville, South Carolina), John Brown (born in New York City, New York), Edward Schell (born in Savannah, Georgia) and Claude Johnson (born in the Bronx, New York City, New York).

The group formed in 1972 where they signed to the Chelsea Records label. They previously went under the name “Tri-Boro Exchange.”

The members of the group had previous experience in other music groups; John sang with the Five Satins & the Cadillacs; he also filled in with the Moonglows when founder & member Harvey Fuqua called. Claude was part of the music duo Don & Juan and sang with the Genies. Tim and Eddie had also sung with other music groups around New York City.
I'm Doin' Fine Now singleIn 1973, New York City released their debut single “I’m Doin’ Fine Now” which reached the pop charts, peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it only their highest-charting single on the Hot 100.

The song also peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, #8 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and #20 on the U.K. Singles chart. It would be later be covered by The Pasadenas in 1991 which became a hit in the United Kingdom.
I'm Doin' Fine Now albumDuring that same year, the group released their debut album “I’m Doin’ Fine Now” which peaked at #35 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #122 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Make Me Twice The ManThe follow-up single “Make Me Twice the Man” didn’t match the success of their debut single, peaking at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
Quick, Fast, In A HurryThe last single to chart from the album “Quick, Fast, in a Hurry” peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

During 1973, New York City toured with The Big Apple Band, whose members consisted of Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, who went on to achieve success with the band, Chic.
Soulful RoadIn 1974, the band released their sophomore and last album, “Soulful Road” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album cover mimicked The Beatles’ album “Abbey Road.”
Happiness IsThe lead single from the album “Happiness Is” peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
Love Is What You Make ItThe second single “Love Is What You Make It” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #41 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
Got To Get You Back In My LifeThe group’s last charting single from the album “Got to Get You Back in My Life” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #76 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. In late 1974, New York City disbanded.

Claude Johnson passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. These days, it’s unknown what the other members of the group are up to and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Doin’ Fine Now,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Quick, Fast, in a Hurry,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Love Is What You Make It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Got To Get You Back In My Life,” go to:

Dynasty

dynasty

Dynasty was an R&B band from Los Angeles, California that was created by producer Dick Griffey (who was also the head of the SOLAR Records label) and producer Leon Sylvers III (of R&B group The Sylvers). The members of the band consisted of Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere, Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Richard Randolph and Leon Sylvers III.

Nidra and Linda first became friends when Linda moved from New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles for college. The two of them were frequent visitors of a popular nightclub called Maverick’s Flat. The owner of the nighclub, John Daniels was in the process of forming a new music group called DeBlanc.

Nidra & Linda became members of the group and toured with them for two years until DeBlanc disbanded in 1975. Some of the other members of the group (along with Linda & Nidra) formed a new music group called Starfire where they toured in the United States and a few key dates in Iran & Finland.

After the tour, Starfire disbanded. Around that time, Nidra developed a strong relationship with Leon Sylvers III; at the time, she performed with the Sylvers as a fill-in on live dates for the female Sylvers, who were underaged at the time.

Kevin Spencer first met Leon Sylvers III when he appeared at the Sylvers’ home in Palo Verdes, California unannounced to audition as a bass player for the Sylvers and ended up becoming a member of Leon Sylvers III’ and Dick Griffey’s new band, Dynasty.
Your Piece Of The RockIn 1979, Dynasty released their debut album “Your Piece of the Rock” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)The group’s first charting single “I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)” peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. It also peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart and #20 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Another single from the album “It’s Still a Thrill\Satisfied” peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
Adventures In The Land Of MusicIn 1980, they released their sophomore album, “Adventures in the Land of Music” which peaked at #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
I've Just Begun To Love YouThe lead single from the album “I’ve Just Begun to Love You” peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making their only highest charting single on the Hot 100 to date) and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

It also peaked at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart and #5 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart (along with the track “Groove Control”).
Do Me RightThe follow-up single “Do Me Right” peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
Something To RememberThe last single released from the album “Something to Remember” peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The title song has been sampled by various artists such as Camp Lo, Brooke Valentine, Terri Walker, Jadakiss, Angie Stone and Wiz Khalifa.
The Second AdventureIn 1981, Dynasty released their third album “The Second Adventure” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. During that same year, Leon Sylvers III joined the band.
here i amThe first single from the album “Here I Am” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks) and #51 on Billboard’s Disco Top 80 chart (staying on the chart for 11 weeks).
Love In The Fast LaneThe follow-up single “Love in the Fast Lane” peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
Right Back At Cha!In 1982, the band released their fourth album “Right Back at Cha!” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Check It Out The first single from the album “Check It Out” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 39 weeks.

The follow-up singles, “Strokin'” peaked at #52 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and “Does That Ring” peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Four years later in 1986, Dynasty released their fifth album “Daydreamin'” which didn’t appear to make the charts along with the single “Personality.” During that time, Linda Carriere was no longer a member of the band.
out of control
In 1988, Dynasty released their last album to date, “Out of Control” which didn’t appear to make the album charts at all.

The lead single “Don’t Waste My Time” peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. The follow-up single from the album “Tell Me (Do You Want My Love)?” peaked at #56 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1989, Dynasty disbanded. In the years since they broke up, Nidra Beard continued working as a songwriter, Linda Carriere continued working as a background vocalist, William Shelby did some songwriting as well and Kevin Spencer returned to doing studio work.

As for Leon Sylvers III, he went on to have a successful career as a producer & songwriter and has worked with artists such as The Whispers, Blackstreet, Howard Hewett, Glenn Jones, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Five Star, Chubb Rock and The Brothers Johnson.

To see the music video for “I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself),” go to:

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

To see the music video for “I’ve Just Begun to Love You,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Love in the Fast Lane,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Does That Ring a Bell,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Waste My Time”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Tell Me (Do You Want My Love)?”, go to:

As a bonus, here is a fan-made video for “Adventures in the Land of Music,” go to:

Aja

ajaAja was a pop\R&B duo from the 2000s that consisted of sisters Andrea and Jamie Anderson from Utah. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Big3 Records label.

In 2003, they released their debut and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The only single released from the album, “Movin’ On” also failed to chart as well.

After that, it seems as if Aja has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from the Anderson sisters since the 2000s.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Sunshine” (a track from their album), go to:

Enchantment

EnchantmentEnchantment is an R&B group from Detroit, Michigan that first consisted of members Emanuel “E.J.” Johnson, Joe “Jobie” Thomas, Dave Banks, Ed “Mickey” Clanton and Bobby Green.

The group formed in the late ’60s at Pershing High School in Detroit. In 1969, they won first place in a talent contest (sponsored by local radio station WCHB) and got their first recording contract.

In 1970, Enchantment worked with a talent development agency for up & coming artists called Artists International (which was founded by manager Dick Scott, a former executive for Motown Records who managed artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes & Boyz II Men) where they began developing their stage presence and performed at various gigs around the Detroit area.
Call On MeIn 1973, the group formed an alliance with producer Michael Stokes. In 1975, they released their debut single, “Call on Me” which didn’t make the charts at all. By 1976, Stokes had negotiated a record deal for Enchantment through his association with Fred Frank (who was the head of the Roadshow Records label).
Come On And RideDuring that same year, the group released their follow-up single, “Come On And Ride” which peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and #37 on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 chart.
GloriaAfter that, Enchantment changed their focus from disco music to writing ballads. Their third single, “Gloria” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 24 weeks).
Enchantment 1976 albumIn 1977, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #104 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
SunshineTheir next single released from the album, “Sunshine” peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 22 weeks).
Once Upon A DreamIn 1978, Enchantment released their sophomore album, “Once Upon a Dream” which peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
It's You That I NeedThe lead single from the album, “It’s You That I Need” topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for a week in February of 1978. It also crossed over to the pop charts where it peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
If You're Ready (Here It Comes)The follow-up single, “If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
Journey To The Land Of...EnchantmentIn 1979, Enchantment released their third album, “Journey to the Land Of… Enchantment” which peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and #25 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Where Do We Go From HereThe first single, “Any Way You Want It” peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.
Where Do We Go From HereThe follow-up single from the album, “Where Do We Go From Here?” peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. By 1980, Roadshow Records folded and Enchantment went on to sign a new record deal with RCA Records.
Soft Lights, Sweet MusicDuring that same year, they released their fourth album, “Soft Lights, Sweet Music” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. Also around that same year, Bobby Green was replaced by new member Carl Cotton.
Settin' It OutThe lead single from the album, “Settin’ It Out” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart (along with the track “Are You Ready For Love”), staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
Moment Of WeaknessThe follow-up single, “Moment of Weakness” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. After that, Enchantment went on to sign a record deal with Columbia Records.
Enchanted LadyIn 1982, the group released their fifth album, “Enchanted Lady” which failed to make the album charts at all.
I Know Your Hot SpotThe only single from the album to chart was “I Know Your Hot Spot” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

In 1984, Enchantment released their last album to date, “Utopia” which also failed to make the album charts at all, but the single, “Don’t Fight the Feeling” managed to peak at #64 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
Feel Like Dancin'
In 1985, the group released the single, “Feel Like Dancin'” on the Prelude Records label, but it didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
Reflections Of The Man Inside
After that, not much was heard from Enchantment until 1991 when they released the single, “Reflections of the Man Inside” on the Morning Glory record label; it’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

In 2003, Carl Cotton (who replaced Bobby Green) was shot & killed in 2003 during an altercation with his barber outside of a party store in Detroit.

These days, it appears as if Enchantment is still performing regionally; Joe “Jobie” Thomas left the group and formed his own music group called Enchantment featuring Jobie Thomas.

To see a fan-made video for “Call on Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Come On and Ride,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “It’s You That I Need,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You’re Ready (Here It Comes),” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Where Do We Go From Here,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Settin’ It Out,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Moment of Weakness,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Know Your Hot Spot,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Fight the Feeling,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Feel Like Dancin’,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Reflections of the Man Inside,” go to:

Da Kaperz

Da KaperzDa Kaperz was an R&B trio from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the D-Lo Entertainment record label and two of the members are K.P. (whose real name is Kia Phillips) and Rasheeda (from Decatur, Illinois).
Da KaperzIn 1998, they released their self-titled debut and only album which managed to peak at #68 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The two singles released from the album “Don’t Stop” and “Just For You” (featuring Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat) failed to make the charts and by 1999, the trio had disbanded.

Rasheeda went on to pursue a solo music career where she has released six solo albums and stars on the VH1 network reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” She is also married with two sons, has her own cosmetics line called Poiz Cosmetics, an apparel & accessory website called Imbossy.com and has her own store in Atlanta called Pressed Boutique.

It’s unknown what the two other members of the trio are currently up to these days.

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

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

Sec N Sol ‎Sec N Sol was a male R&B group from Culver City, California. Not much information is given about them, but they were led by singer Richard White and signed to Warner Bros. Records.

In 1998, they released their only single “Change Your Ways” which peaked at #62 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Sec N Sol faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’90s.

To see the music video for “Change Your Ways,” go to:

2nd Nature

2nd Nature2nd Nature was an R&B quartet from Seattle, Washington that consisted of members Leland Allen, Darnell Alexander, Dave Booker and Jason Turner. The group was discovered by local producers Don and Oman Quijano in 1993 at an audition for “Star Search.”
What Comes NaturalIn 1995, the group released their only album “What Comes Natural” on the Inter Mix Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
Can U Show MeThe lead single “Can U Show Me” peaked at #89 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
Kno Dat U KnoThe follow-up single from the album “Kno Dat U Kno” failed to make the charts at all. After that, nothing much was heard from 2nd Nature and it seemed as if they faded into obscurity.

These days, Darnell Alexander is still active as a solo artist and also records radio jingles. In 2017, he released a single called “I Will Never Leave You” on his Bandcamp page.

It’s unknown what the other members of 2nd Nature are currently up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see Darnell Alexander’s Bandcamp page, go to:
https://darnelalexander.bandcamp.com/

To see the music video for “Can U Show Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “”Kno Dat U Kno,” go to:

Keep MovinBeverly Hill was an R&B/dance music act from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but they was signed to the Old Town Records Label.

In 1981, Beverly Hill released the single “Keep Movin'” which managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

After that, nothing much was heard from Beverly Hill and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’80s.

To see a fan-made video for “Keep Movin’,” go to: