Category: R&B


Ponderosa Twins Plus One

ponderosa twins plus oneThe Ponderosa Twins Plus One were an R&B\soul vocal group from Cleveland, Ohio that consisted of two sets of identical twins: Alfred & Alvin Pelham, and Keith & Kirk Gardner along with Ricky Spicer.

The group formed in 1970 where the members of the group attended Patrick Henry Jr. High School (located on the east side of Cleveland) and managed by Tony Wilson. Wilson brought the group to the attention of Bobby Massey (who was a member of the O’Jays) who signed them to Chuck Brown’s Astroscope record label.

The Ponderosa Twins Plus One recorded three singles in a studio and Sylvia Robinson (the owner of the All Platinum Records label) agreed to distribute them.
you send me
In 1971, their debut single, “You Send Me” became a hit, peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. It also crossed over to the pop charts where it peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Following the success of the song, the group toured with artists such as Linda Jones, the Whatnauts, the Moments and Lonnie Youngblood.
2+2+1 = ponderosa twins plus oneDuring that same year, The Ponderosa Twins Plus One released their debut and only album, “2+2+1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
boundTheir follow-up single, “Bound” peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
why do fools fall in loveTheir third single, a cover version of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ 1956 hit song, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
dad i love herA promotional single from the album, “Dad I Love Her” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

tomorrow's train

In 1973, the group’s last charting single, “Tomorrow’s Train” peaked at #82 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1975, The Ponderosa Twins Plus One disbanded due to the lack of royalties and earnings from their live shows.

In the years since, one of the Pelham twins suffered from mental problems and one of the Gardner twins had been incarcerated since 1980 in a penitentiary in Ohio for committing various offenses. According to an article from CNN in 2013, Alvin & Alfred are deceased, and Keith & Kirk are incarcerated.

Ricky Spicer went on to become a construction worker in the greater Cleveland area. In 2013, he filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, citing copyright infringement in Kanye’s track “Bound 2” (from his 2013 album, “Yeezus”).

A year later, Ricky sued Vogue Magazine and its publisher Conde Nast after “Bound 2” was used in the promotional behind the scenes video for the magazine’s April edition cover (which featured Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian).

In 2015, court documents revealed that the lawsuit Ricky made against Kanye was settled and that both parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement.

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To see a video for “Bound,” go to:

To see a video for “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” go to:

To see a video for “Dad I Love Her,” go to:

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chee-chee and peppyChee-Chee (born Dorothy Moore in 1959 in Morristown, Pennsylvania) and Peppy (born Keith Bolling in 1957 in Frankford, Pennsylvania) were an R&B teen vocal duo from the early 1970s. The duo took their performing names from their pet dogs.

Dorothy (who was 12 years old at the time) was discovered by record producer\songwriter Jesse James when he asked her to speak to local children at her school where she sang and danced at the event. James later got an agreement from Dorothy’s mother to form a duo around her.

Keith (who is the son of late R&B singer Sam Cooke) was a member of Frankford High School’s Ambassadors of Song and under the direction of Jesse James, the duo of Chee-Chee and Peppy was created.
i know i'm in loveIn 1971, the duo released their debut single, “I Know I’m In Love” which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks), becoming their only highest charting song to date.
never never neverTheir follow-up single, “Never Never Never” missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
chee chee & peppy albumDuring that same year, Chee-Chee and Peppy released their self-titled debut album on Buddah Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
a lovers questionA promotional single from the album, “A Lover’s Question” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

The duo toured with singer Linda Jones and Ponderosa Twins Plus One, and opened up for artists such as James Brown, Gladys Knight & Ray Charles. They also appeared on television shows such as “American Bandstand.”
super youThe original duo of Chee-Chee and Peppy disbanded around the early ’70s, but in 1981, a second album, “Super You” (which featured Dorothy as Chee-Chee, but a different singer, Charles Gamble as Peppy) was released on the Branding Iron Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album was successful at all.

These days (according to research), Dorothy Moore is a member of the Word of Deliverance Mass Choir in Forest Park, Ohio. It’s unknown what Keith Bolling is up and it seems as if he’s faded into obscurity.

To see a video for “I Know I’m In Love,” go to:

To see a video for “Never Never Never,” go to:

To see a video for “My Love Will Never Fade Away” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a video for “This Magic Moment” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a video for “Super You,” go to:

Remy

remyRemy was a male R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Street Life Records label.
roll wit us (coast to coast)In 1996, he released his only album, “Roll Wit Us (Coast To Coast)” which didn’t appear to chart at all.

The two singles released from the album, “Roll Wit Us” and “Make It Alright” also failed to chart as well.

After that, it seems as if Remy has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since the ’90s.

To see a video for “Roll Wit Us,” go to:

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Synethia

synethiaSynethia (born Synethia Foster from Newnan, Georgia) is an R&B singer\pianist from the early ’90s.

She first began performing in church and has performed with artists such as Donna Allen, Dorothy Moore, Betty Wright, Denise Lasalle, Buddy Guy, Johnny Taylor, Clarence Carter, Peggy Scott, Marvin Sease & Solomon Burke.
synethia albumIn 1990, she released her self-titled debut album on the J.S. Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album made any album charts at all.

The tracks “I’ve Got The Love You’ve Been Missing,” “In My Arms,” and “You Were Doing Bad When I Met Cha” were released as singles, but didn’t chart.
live it love it
After that, nothing much was heard from Synethia, but in 2002, her album, “Live It Love It” was released on the CD Baby website (along with her self-titled album). It’s currently unknown what she is up to these days.

To see a video for “I’ve Got The Love You’ve Been Missing,” go to:

To see a video for “You Were Doing Bad When I Met Cha,” go to:

Nais

naisNais was an R&B group from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Street Life Records label.
str-8 from da' bootIn 1995, they released their debut and only album, “Str-8 From Da’ Boot.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

The tracks “69B (Alizè & Me),” a cover version of Frankie Valli’s song, “My Eyes Adored You” and “Break U Off” were released as singles, but didn’t make the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Nais has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the group are currently up to these days.

To see a video for “69B (Alizè & Me),” go to:

To see a video for “Break U Off,” go to:

Harem

haremHarem was an R&B quartet from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Motown Records.

In 1994, they released their debut single, “Is This What You Want” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all. Their follow-up single, “All That U Need” also didn’t seem to make the charts at all.
harem album
In 1995, Harem released their self-titled debut album, but just like the singles, it doesn’t seem it made any impact on the charts at all.

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

To see a video for “Is This What You Want,” go to:

To see a video for “All That U Need”, go to:

To see a video for “Harem’s Theme” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a video for “Desert Nights” (from their debut album), go to:

Hot

hotHot was an interracial female R&B trio from Los Angeles, California whose members consisted of Gwen Owens (born on June 19, 1953), Cathy Carson (born Catherine Sue Fiebach on October 8, 1953) and Juanita Curiel (born on February 25, 1953).

Gwen Owens first began singing in church and recorded for local record labels in the mid-1960s after she was discovered at a high school talent show. In 1969, Gwen recorded a track called, “Keep on Living” which managed to peak at #40 on Billboard’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart.

Gwen also performed in local concerts headlined by Motown Records artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr & the Originals. She also performed with Al Green.

After relocating to Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s, Gwen began a career as a session singer, providing backing vocals for artists such as Al Wilson, Billy Preston, David Axelrod, Randy Brown, Willie Hutch & Coke Escovedo. She also provided live support for Ann-Margaret, Raquel Welch, Lou Rawls, the O’Jays, Jose Feliciano and Nancy Sinatra.

In 1972, Gwen was signed to a production contract with Muscle Shoals Sound Studio session men Clayton Ivey & Terry Woodford. She completed five tracks which were shopped to other labels. Casablanca Records picked up two of Gwen’s tracks “Everybody Needs Love” and “You Better Watch Out”, but none of them received any commercial success.

In 1975, Gwen and Cathy Carson began performing in a trio with singer Irene Cathaway where they toured with the Wolfman Jack Shock & Rock Review under the name “Sweet Talk.” A year later in 1976, they appeared on TV on shows such as “The Diahann Carroll Show” & “Cos” where they were billed as “Sugar & Spice.”

Later on, Ivey and Woodford opened up their own Muscle Shoals recording facility called Wishbone Studios where Gwen, Cathy and Irene were the intended inaugural act. However, Irene was unable to attend the trio’s scheduled recording session and Gwen & Cathy reluctantly recorded the track “Angel in Your Arms” as a duo. Juanita Curiel later joined Hot, making it a trio.
angel in your arms“Angel in Your Arms” was given to Hot to record after Gwen Owens asked if they could record a country & western song. After the track was picked up by the Big Tree Records label, it first received airplay in Florida in February of 1977 and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97.

By July of that same year, the song became a hit, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it their highest charting single to date).

It also also peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It was also certified Gold by the RIAA and was moderately successful in Australia, Canada & New Zealand.

“Angel in Your Arms” would later be recorded by other artists such as Barbara Mandrell (whose version peaked at #8 on the country music charts in 1985), Robin Lee (whose version peaked at #54 on the country music charts in 1984), Lynn Anderson, Vivian Lee, Billie Jo Spears, Millie Jackson and Reba McEntire.
hot albumIn 1977, Hot released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #125 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
the right feeling at the wrong timeThe follow-up single, “Right Feeling at the Wrong Time” peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #58 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
you brought the woman out of me

The last single released from the album, “You Brought the Woman Out of Me” peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, but didn’t make the R&B charts at all.
if that's the way you want it...you got itIn 1978, Hot released their sophomore album, “If That’s The Way You Want It…You Got It” which flopped on the album charts along with the singles: “If That’s The Way That You Want It” and “I Don’t Wanna Be The Reason That You Leave Her.”
strong togetherIn 1979, the trio released their last album to date, “Strong Together” which also flopped on the charts as well.

In 1980, Hot appeared in a B-movie called “Smokey and the Judge.” During that same year, a song co-written by Juanita Curiel called “Strength of a Woman” was recorded by singer Eloise Laws (which peaked at #33 on the R&B charts); it was later covered by the Carpenters in 1981.
tonightIn 1982, Boardwalk Records released the single “Tonight” which was credited to Hot, but of the original lineup, only Juanita Curiel’s participation can be verified.

In 1987, Juanita and Gwen Owens tried to revive Hot with a projected new third member, Sandra Starks. They entered into separate negotiations with Barry White and Maurice White (of Earth, Wind & Fire), but nothing came out of those plans and it seemed as if Hot had faded into obscurity.

Accoding to research, Gwen retired as a professional musician after she returned to session work, but she continued to sing in her local church in the San Fernando Valley. In 1999, she and three of her fellow choir members formed a group called Melodious who released a CD called “Ephesian 5:19” in 2004.

As of 2008, Gwen was reported to be employed in the music industry in a non-performing capacity working for HDH Records.

Juanita Curiel works as a licensed hypnotherapist in Las Vegas, Nevada as of 1998.

Cathy Carson married Ray Stein (who was a member of Hot’s touring band) in 1978. In 1990, she and her two daughters settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her second husband, musician Kenneth Dale Weidenbach. After divorcing Kenneth in 1996, Cathy returned to her hometown of Wichita, Kansas where she worked as a legal secretary. In 2014, she died of lung cancer.

To see a video for “Angel in Your Arms,” go to:

To see a video for “The Right Feeling At the Wrong Time,” go to:

To see a video for “You Brought The Woman Out of Me,” go to:

To see a video for “If That’s The Way That You Want It” (from Hot’s sophomore album), go to:

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:

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.

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

To see a video for “Comin'”, go to:

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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:

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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.

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