Category: R&B


Pleasure

PleasurePleasure was an R&B band from Portland, Oregon that consisted of lead singer Sherman Davis, guitarist Marlon “The Magician” McClain, bassist Nathaniel Phillips, keyboardist Donald Hepburn, drummer Bruce Carter, saxophonist Dennis Springer and trombonist Dan Brewster. The band formed in 1972.

In 1974, Wayne Henderson of The Crusaders saw the band performing in a club in Portland and his interest in them lead to Pleasure getting a record deal with Fantasy Records.
Dust Yourself OffA year later in 1975, Pleasure released their debut album “Dust Yourself Off” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Midnight At The OasisThe only single released from the album, a cover version of Maria Muldaur’s hit song “Midnight at the Oasis” didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
Accept No SubstitutesIn 1976, the band released their sophomore album “Accept No Substitutes” which peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 and #32 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Ghettos Of The MindThe only single to chart from the album was “Ghettos of the Mind” which peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
JoyousIn 1977, Pleasure released their third album “Joyous” which peaked at #113 on the Billboard 200 chart and #34 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
JoyousThe title song peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
Get To The FeelingIn 1978, they released their fourth album “Get to the Feeling.” Even though the album peaked at #119 on the Billboard 200 and #42 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, the title song and the track “Happiness” (which were released as singles) didn’t make the charts.
Future NowIn 1979, Pleasure released their fifth album “Future Now” which peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Future NowThe title song peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
GlideThe follow-up single from the album “Glide” became a hit for the band, peaking at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) and #75 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart.
The Real ThingThe last single from the album “The Real Thing” peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks
Special ThingsIn 1980, Pleasure released their sixth album “Special Things” which peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was their last album released on Fantasy Records.
Yearnin' Burnin'The track “Yearnin’, Burnin'” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
Now You Choose MeThe follow-up single from the album “Now You Choose Me” peaked at #56 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Another track from the album “Spread That Feelin’ (All Around)” peaked at #95 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart.
Give It UpIn 1981, Pleasure released their last album “Give It Up” on the RCA Victor label which peaked at #164 on the Billboard 200 and #30 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Sending My LoveThe lead single “Sending My Love” peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
Give It UpThe title song peaked at #80 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. After the release of their last album, Pleasure disbanded.

Marlon McClain went on to write and produce songs for artists such as Kenny G., Nu Shooz, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, Gerald Albright, Curtis Salgado, Eric Benet, Tower of Power, En Vogue, George Benson and the Dazz Band (where he played guitar in the band from 1985 to 2001). In 1981, he released a solo album called “Changes.”

According to research, he resides in Los Angeles, California where he is the president of Mac Man Music Inc.

Bruce Carter appeared on albums by artists such as Gabor Szabo, Kenny G. and Roy Ayers. On August 12, 2006, he passed away from a heart attack.

Nathaniel Phillips appears to still be active in the music business. He has worked with artists such as Gerald Albright, Herb Alpert, Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler.

He was also a part of the Dazz Band along with Marlon McClain and recorded for the trio music project “Shades of Soul” with Jeff Lorber. These days, Nathaniel performs on the Smooth Jazz Cruise.

Dennis Springer has pursued a solo career himself; in 1997, he released an album called “Rio.” It’s unknown what he’s currently up to these days.

As for the other members of Pleasure, it’s unknown what they are up to these days and have seemingly fallen into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Midnight at the Oasis,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ghettos of the Mind,” go to:

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

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “The Real Thing,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Spread That Feelin’ (All Around),” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Give It Up,” go to:

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C.J. & Co

C.J. & CoC.J. & Co was a disco/R&B group from Detroit, Michigan that consisted of members Curtis “CJ” Durden, Cornelius Brown Jr., Joni Tolbert, Connie Durden and Charles Clark.

Originally, the group was a quintet called the Strides. The quintet cut a couple of tracks for the M-S Record label back in the ’60s, but they didn’t appear to attract much attention back then.
day dreamerIn 1974, they signed a record deal with the Sussex record label, calling themselves C.C. & Company where they released the single “Day Dreamer” which peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it would be their only single released on the Sussex label which would later go out of business.

In 1977, producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore united three male singers (Cornelius, Curtis and Charles) and two female singers (Joni and Connie) to form CJ & Co.
Devil's GunDuring that same year, CJ & Co. were signed to Westbound Records and released their debut album “Devil’s Gun” which peaked at #60 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.


The title song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 20 weeks) and topped National Disco Action Top 40 chart for 5 weeks along with the tracks “We Got Our Own Thing” (which managed to peak at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart) and “Sure Can’t Go to the Moon.”
Deadeye Dick
In 1978, C.J. & Co. released their sophomore album “Deadeye Dick” which failed to make the album charts, although all of the tracks from the album peaked at #18 on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 chart.

After that, the group disbanded in 1979. On February 28, 2013, Curtis Durden passed away and it’s unknown what the surviving members of the group are up to these days.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “We Got Our Own Thing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sure Can’t Go to the Moon,” go to:

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

Roni Hill

roni hillRoni Hill was an dance/R&B singer from the ’70s. Not much information is given about her, but she released three singles on three different record labels.
You Keep Me Hanging On : Stop! In The Name Of LoveIn 1976, she released her first single, a cover version of the Supremes’ songs “You Keep Me Hanging On/Stop! In the Name of Love” on the Creole record label which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 chart and managed to peak at #36 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Roni’s follow-up singles “In My Life” (released in 1977 on the Roulette record label) and “Fire and Water” (released in 1978 on the Hansa International record label) didn’t make much impact on the charts.

After that, Roni faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “You Keep Me Hangin’ On/Stop! In the Name of Love,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Fire and Water,” go to:

Three Ounces Of LoveThree Ounces of Love was a female R&B trio from Detroit, Michigan that consisted of the Alexander sisters: Anne (born on July 14, 1955), Elaine (born on September 10, 1956) and Regina (born on September 18, 1957).

The sisters performed locally in Detroit at the 20 Grand and the Dearborn Townhouse. They were even the opening act for the Commodores on tour during the late ’70s.

disco man

In 1976, they released their first single “Disco Man” on the IX Chains Records. In 1977, they were signed to Benjamin Ashburn’s production company and went on to sign a record deal with Motown Records.
Three Ounces Of Love albumIn February of 1978, Three Ounces of Love released their only self-titled album. It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the charts.

The singles released from the album “Star Love” and “Give Me Some Feeling” also failed to make the charts as well.
Newsy Neighbours
After that, nothing much was heard from Three Ounces of Love until 1991 when they released the single “Newsy Neighbours” on Motown’s revival record label, Motorcity Records.

These days, it’s unknown what the Alexander sisters are up to these days and it seems as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Give Me Some Feeling,” go to:

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

High Inergy

high inergyHigh Inergy was an R&B girl group from the late ’70s whose members consisted of sisters Barbara & Vernessa Mitchell, Linda Howard and Michelle Martin.

The Mitchell sisters were the primary singers while Linda & Michelle were known for their dancing. The group was fashioned after The Supremes and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

The group formed in 1976 after being discovered by Gwen Gordy Fuqua (the sister of Motown Records’ Berry Gordy) during a Bicentennial show in Pasadena, California and were signed to Gordy Records a year later.
Turnin' OnIn 1977, they released their debut album “Turnin’ On” which peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
You Can't Turn Me OffThe lead single from the album “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)” became a hit, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 24 weeks) and also peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Love Is All You NeedThe follow-up single “Love Is All You Need” peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
Steppin' OutIn 1978, High Inergy released their sophomore album “Steppin’ Out” which peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200 and #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
We Are The FutureThe single “We Are the Future” (which was featured in the film “Almost Summer”) peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
Lovin' FeverThe follow-up single from the album “Lovin’ Fever” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. After the release of High Inergy’s second album, Vernessa Mitchell left the group to pursue a gospel music career and the group dwindled down to a trio.
Shoulda Gone Dancin'In 1979, the trio released their third album “Shoulda Gone Dancin'” which peaked at #147 on the Billboard 200 and #72 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Shoulda Gone Dancin'The title song peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s Disco Top 80 chart.
FrenzyDuring that same year, High Inergy released their fourth album “Frenzy” which flopped on the charts.

The singles released from the album: “Skate to the Rhythm” and “I Love Makin’ Love (To The Music)” also failed to make the charts as well.
Hold OnIn 1980, they released their fifth album “Hold On” which only peaked at #70 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Make Me Yours
The only single released from the album, a cover version of Bettye Swann’s song “Make Me Yours” peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
stIn 1981, High Inergy released their sixth self-titled album which failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
Goin' Thru The Motions
The only single to chart was “Goin’ Through the Motions” which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
So RightIn 1982, the trio released their seventh album “So Right” which became their third album that didn’t make the album charts.
First Impressions
The lone single “First Impressions” peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
Groove PatrolIn 1983, High Inergy released their eighth & last album “Groove Patrol” which peaked at #62 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
He's A Pretender
The lead single from the album “He’s a Pretender” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Dance\Disco Top 80 chart and #62 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.
Back In My Arms Again
The follow-up single, a cover version of the Supremes’ song “Back in My Arms Again” peaked at #105 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but missed the Hot 100 chart.

After Barbara Mitchell started a solo career, High Inergy disbanded in 1984. Barbara & Vernessa went on to release moderately successful solo albums in R&B and gospel/dance music respectively.

These days, Vernessa Mitchell serves as the Vice-President of Public Relations for Clergy500 International and is also an ordained evangelist, having established Higher Ground Ministries in 1985.

It’s unknown what Barbara Mitchell and Michelle Martin are up to these days along with Sadly, Linda Howard passed away in December of 2012.

To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle of Turning Me On),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Is All You Need,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We Are the Future,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Goin’ Through the Motions,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Back in My Arms Again,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Skate to the Rhythm,” go to:

Asphalt Jungle

freakin timeAsphalt Jungle was a disco\R&B music studio group from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about them, but William Howard provided the lead vocals for the group.

In 1980, they released their only single “Freakin’ Time” which peaked at #86 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart and #60 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

After that, it seems as if Asphalt Jungle has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been from them since the ’80s.

To see a fan-made video for “Freakin’ Time (Part 1),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for part 2 of the song, go to:

Bell & James

Bell and JamesBell & James were an R&B\disco duo from the ’70s that consisted of LeRoy Bell and Casey James.

LeRoy and Casey originally played in a music act called Special Blend before working as songwriters. LeRoy’s uncle, producer\songwriter Thom Bell got them signed to a music publishing contract with Mighty Three Music (a company that he owned with songwriters\producers Gamble & Huff) for the Philadelphia International Records label.

The duo wrote songs for artists such as The O’Jays, Elton John, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Freda Payne and Phyllis Hyman before attracting the attention of A&M Records who signed them to a full album deal in 1978.
bell and jamesDuring that same year, Bell & James released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Livin' It Up (Friday Night)Their debut single “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” became their only hit, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 24 weeks). The song sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. and also managed to peak at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart.
You Never Know What You've GotThe follow-up single “You Never Know What You’ve Got” peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Only Make BelieveIn 1979, the duo released their sophomore album “Only Make Believe” peaked at #125 on the Billboard 200 and #36 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
ShakedownThe lead single from the album “Shakedown” peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
Only Make Believe singleThe title song managed to peak at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In Black & WhiteIn 1981, Bell & James released their last album together “In Black and White” which didn’t make any impact on the charts at all. After that, the duo disbanded.

Casey James went on to do session work for artists such as Chuck Mangione and Phyllis Hyman. It’s unknown what he’s currently up to these days or if he’s still active in the music business.

These days, LeRoy Bell continues to still be active in the music business as a solo artist, songwriter and even appeared on the U.S. version of “The X-Factor.” He also has his own band called LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.

To see LeRoy Bell’s official website, go to:
http://leroybell.com/

To see a fan-made video for “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Never Know What You’ve Got,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Only Make Believe,” go to:

warren baileyWarren Bailey (born in Dallas, Texas) is an R&B singer from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Scott Records label.
wbailey albumIn 1992, he released his self-titled debut (and only) album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
repossessed loveThe only single released from the album “Repossessed Love” peaked at #89 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
Papa Was A Rolling StoneIn 1993, Warren released a cover version of the Temptations’ song “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” on the Ichiban Records label, but it didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if Warren Bailey has faded into obscurity, but according to comments on YouTube, he works as a hairdresser in Fort Worth, Texas these days.

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

Anita Ward

anita wardAnita Ward (born on December 20, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a disco\R&B singer from the late ’70s.

Anita began singing at a young age and later went on to sing with the Rust College Acappella Choir and recorded an obscure album with her own gospel quartet. After graduating from Rust College with a degree in psychology, she began working as a substitute teacher in Memphis.

After deciding to pursue a music career, her manager put her in contact with singer\songwriter Frederick Knight who helped Anita get a recording contract with his record label, Juana Records. Knight signed on to help produce a three-song demo session for Anita, but after becoming infatuated with her voice, the demo sessions soon became an album for her.

While working on the album, Knight suggested that Anita listen to a song he wrote called “Ring My Bell” (which was originally intended for singer Stacy Lattisaw). At first, Anita wasn’t interested in recording the track, but agreed to do so after some persuading from Knight.
ring my bellIn 1979, “Ring My Bell” was released as a single and became a hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100, R&B and disco music charts, making it Anita’s only number-one single to date. The track also topped the charts in other countries such as the United Kingdom (where it was certified Gold), Canada (where it was certified Platinum), New Zealand, Spain and Norway.
songs of loveDuring that same year, Anita released her debut album “Songs of Love” which peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The follow-up single “Make Believe Lovers” didn’t chart at all.
sweet surrenderAlso in 1979, Anita released her sophomore album “Sweet Surrender” which flopped on the album charts.
don't drop my loveThe only song to chart from the album was “Don’t Drop My Love” which peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100, #26 on Billboard’s dance music charts and #52 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 7 weeks).

The follow-up singles “Can’t Nobody Love Me Like You Do” and “Cover Me” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

Anita was working on a third album, but due to contractual issues between her and Frederick Knight, the album was cancelled after just three songs had been recorded. (Those three tracks would later appear on an reissue of Anita’s debut album).

In 1981, she was seriously injured in a car accident which resulted in sinus issues from a head injury that she sustained in the accident which affected her singing and she later faded out of the spotlight.

whenever there's loveIn 1989, Anita released her third album “Whenever There’s Love” on the Phillips Record label. The track “Be My Baby” was released as a single in Australia, but it didn’t chart.

After that, Anita took another hiatus from the music business to focus on her family. Nothing much was heard from her until 2002 when she performed “Ring My Bell” in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
it's my nightIn 2011, Anita released a single called “It’s My Night” and was working on a fourth album, but nothing much has been heard about it and it’s presumed that the project was possibly shelved.

As of 2015, she is still performing and is also reportedly working at a JCPenney in Memphis.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Make Believe Lovers,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Can’t Nobody Love Me Like You Do,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “It’s My Night,” go to:

Randie Paul

randie paulRandie Paul was an R&B artist from the ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but Randie was signed to the 4 Sight Records record label.

In 1986, Randie released a cover version of Prince’s song “International Lover.” It’s unknown how or if the single was successful or not.

After that, it seems as if Randie Paul has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from this artist since the ’80s.

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