Category: R&B


The Choice Four

the choice four
The Choice Four was an R&B group from Washington, D.C. produced by the late Van McCoy whose members consisted of Charles Blagmon, Bobby Hamilton, Pede “Pete” Marshall and Ted Maduro. They were signed to RCA Records.

Prior to the group’s formation, several of the members had previously sung in other music groups such as The Stridels and The Love Tones.
the finger pointersIn 1974, they released their debut album, “The Finger Pointers” which didn’t appear to chart on the album charts at all.

The lead single, “The Finger Pointers, Part 1” peaked at #85 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. The follow-up single, “You’re So Right for Me” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
the choice 4In 1975, The Choice Four released their self-titled sophomore album which also didn’t make any album charts either.
when you're young and in love
Their cover version of Ruby & the Romantics’ 1964 song, “When You’re Young and in Love” peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #45 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
on top of clearIn 1976, they released their last album to date, “On Top of Clear” which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
hey, what's that dance you're doing
The lead single from the album, “Hey, What’s That Dance You’re Doing” peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
just let me hold you for a night
The second single, “Just Let Me Hold You For a Night” peaked at #76 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
two different worlds : come down to earth
The last single from the album, “Come Down to Earth/Two Different Worlds” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. By the end of the 1970s, The Choice Four had disbanded.

Pede Marshall and Charles Blagmon went on to tour with groups led by former members of The Temptations. Sadly on July 13, 2017, Pede passed away; his cause of death is unknown.

According to research, Charles Blagmon continues to be active with The Temptations. It’s unknown what the other members of the band are up to these days and it seems as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

To see a video for “When You’re Young and in Love,” go to:

To see a video for “The Finger Pointers, Part 1,” go to:

To see a video for “You’re So Right For Me,” go to:

To see a video for “Hey, What’s That Dance You’re Doing,” go to:

To see a video for “Just Let Me Hold You For a Night,” go to:

To see a video for “Come Down to Earth,” go to:

To see a video for “Two Different Worlds,” go to:

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chocolate milkChocolate Milk were an R&B\funk music band from New Orleans, Louisiana that formed in 1974. They were signed to RCA Records and also worked as the studio band for producer\songwriter Allen Toussaint.

The band consisted of Frank Richards (who was the lead singer & a percussionist), Amadee Castanell (who played the saxophone), Ernest Dabon (who played the bass), Robert Dabon (who played the piano, clavinet & moog), Joseph Smith III (who played the trumpet and the flugelhorn), Dwight Richards (who played the drums), Mario Tio (who played the lead & rhythm guitar) and Kenneth Willams (who was a percussionist).

action speaks louder than words albumIn 1975, they released their debut album, “Action Speaks Louder Than Words” which peaked at #191 on the Billboard 200 and #34 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
action speaks louder than wordsThe title song peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
chocolate milk albumIn 1976, they released their self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #18 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, but not the Billboard 200.
how about loveThe track, “How About Love” peaked at #79 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.
comin'During that same year, they released their third album, “Comin'” which didn’t make the album charts, but the title song managed to peak at #56 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
we're all in this togetherIn 1977, Chocolate Milk released their fourth album, “We’re All in This Together” which peaked at #171 on the Billboard 200 and #34 on on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
girl callin'The only track to chart from the album, “Girl Callin'” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
milky wayIn 1979, the band released their fifth studio album, “Milky Way” which peaked at #161 on the Billboard 200 and #52 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.


The lead single from the album, “Say Won’tcha” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. The follow-up single, “Groove City” peaked at #59 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
hipnotismIn 1980, Chocolate Milk released their sixth album, “Hipnotism” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The track, “Hey Lover” peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
blue jeansIn 1982, they released their seventh album, “Blue Jeans” which peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
blue jeans singleThe title song peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
let's go all the wayThe follow-up single from the album, “Let’s Go All the Way” peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
frictionDuring that same year, Chocolate Milk released their last studio album, “Friction” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
take it offThe first single from the album, “Take It Off” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
who's getting it nowThe follow-up single, “Who’s Getting It Now” peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) and #50 on Billboard’s Dance\Disco Top 80 chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks).

Due to the waning popularity of disco music, numerous personnel changes and changes in producers after they parted ways with Allen Toussaint in 1980, Chocolate Milk disbanded in 1983.

In the late ’80s\early ’90s, “Action Speaks Louder Than Words” has been sampled numerous times by hip hop artists such as Eric B. & Rakim (on their track “Move the Crowd” in 1987) and Stetsasonic (on their track “Don’t Let Your Mouth Write A Check Your Ass Can’t Cash” in 1991).

These days, according to research, Amadee Castanell continues to perform music as a member of the Willie J. Laws Band. As for the other members of Chocolate Milk, it’s currently unknown what they are up to or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see a video for “Action Speaks Louder Than Words,” go to:

To see a video for “How About Love,” go to:

To see a video for “Comin'”, go to:

To see a video for “Girl Callin’,” go to:

To see a video for “Say Won’tcha,” go to:

To see a video for “Groove City,” go to:

To see a video for “Hey Lover,” go to:

To see a video for “Blue Jeans,” go to:

To see a video for “Let’s Go All the Way,” go to:

To see a video for “Take It Off,” go to:

To see a video for “Who’s Getting It Now,” go to:

Regina James

Regina JamesRegina James was an R&B\disco singer from the ’70s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to singer\music producer Clarence Reid’s record label, Reid’s World.
Gee Wiz BoyIn 1978, she released her debut single “Gee Whiz Boy.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
Dancin' In The Flames Of Love
During that same year, she released her only album, “Dancin’ in the Flames of Love” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
AlfieOne of the tracks from the album, a cover version of Cilla Black’s 1966 song, “Alfie” was released a single, but didn’t appear to make any music charts.
My Love (Ain't Gonna Never Let You Get Away)Regina’s last musical release was on the Dash record label with the single “My Love (Ain’t Gonna Never Let You Get Away)” in 1981.

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

To see a video for “Alfie,” go to:

To see a video for “Gee Wiz Boy,” go to:

Diane Richards

Diane RichardsDiane Richards (born in 1957 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former disco\R&B singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Zoo York Recordz label.
Listen To Your Heart albumIn 1983, she released her only album “Listen To Your Heart.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
You Got It (You Got It All)The album contained cover versions of Diana Ross’s song “You Got It (You Got It All)” (which was released as a single, but didn’t chart) and Barry White’s song “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me.”
Listen To Your Heart singleDiane’s only charting single to date was “Listen to Your Heart” which peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

After that, nothing much was heard from Diane and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a video for a remixed version of “Listen To Your Heart,” go to:

To see a video for “Forget About Your Lady” (from the “Listen to Your Heart” album), go to:

To see a video for “I Want to Do It With You” (from the “Listen to Your Heart” album), go to:

alexander o'neal
Hello, music fans! Today is Alexander O’Neal’s 65th birthday.

In honor of his special day (and since he’s one of my favorite rare & obscure music artists), I will be sharing videos of some of my favorite songs by him.

Enjoy the music!
P.S., happy birthday, Alexander O’Neal!

A Broken Heart Can Mend

Criticize

Never Knew Love Like This (with Cherrelle)

What’s Missing

What Can I Say to Make You Love Me

Sunshine

Crying Overtime

If You Were Here Tonight

The Lovers

Hearsay

Look At Us Now

All True Man

Keep It Inside (with Cherrelle)

Saturday Love (with Cherrelle)

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:

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: