Category: R&B


Somethin’ for the People

Somethin' for the PeopleSomethin’ for the People was a contemporary R&B group from the ’90s that consisted of Curtis “Sauce” Wilson & Jeff “Fuzzy” Young from Oakland, California and Rochad “Cat Daddy” Holiday (from Los Angeles, California).

The group formed in 1990 and for several years, they recorded demos & shopped them around Los Angeles. They got their big break when music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy to write a song for R&B artist Samuelle.
Somethin' For The PeopleIn 1993, Somethin’ for the People signed a record deal with Capital Records and released their self-titled debut album. When the album was first released, it didn’t appear to generate much success.

By 1996, the group had switched record labels and their debut album was re-released on Warner Bros. Records where it managed to peak at #66 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
You Want This Party StartedThe first single from the album “You Want This Party Started” peaked at #105 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
With YouThe follow-up single “With You” peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
can you feel meThe last single released from the album “Can You Feel Me” didn’t fare so well, peaking at only #91 on Billbard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks. Around that time, the group wrote songs for artists such as Brandy and En Vogue.
My Love Is The Shhh !In August of 1997, Somethin’ for the People released the single “My Love Is the Shhh!” (featuring R&B duo Trina & Tamara).

The song became their biggest hit song to date, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 30 weeks), #27 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles & Tracks chart and topped Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

It also peaked at #7 on the Canadian Singles chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA in December of 1997.
This Time It's PersonalIn September of that same year, they released their sophomore album “This Time It’s Personal” which peaked at #154 on the Billboard 200, #33 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

The follow-up single “Think of You” failed to chart, but the third single “All I Do” peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart. During that same year, the group produced tracks for Will Smith’s album “Big Willie Style” and Adina Howard’s unreleased album “Welcome to Fantasy Island.”
Issues
In July of 2000, Somethin’ for the People released their last album to date “Issues” which peaked at #124 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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The only single to chart was the track “Bitch With No Man” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. After that, Somethin’ for the People disbanded.

These days, Curtis Wilson continues to write songs & produce songs for various artists such as Eric Benét, Terry Dexter, Paula DeAnda, Heather Headley, Javier, Ne-Yo, Musiq Soulchild, Eminem and Ariana Grande.

Rochad Holiday has also continued to write songs, most recently for Drake’s 2016 album “View.” It’s unknown if Jeffrey “Fuzzy” Young is currently active in the music business.

To see the music video for “You Want This Party Started,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Can You Feel Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “My Love Is the Shhh!”, go to:

To see the music video for “All I Do,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Think of You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Bitch With No Man,” go to:

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No Question

no questionNo Question was an R&B group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that originally consisted of members Damon Core, Dante Massey, Tommy Blackwell and Nicholas Johnson. They were first signed to the Philadelphia International Records label and were featured on the soundtrack to the film “Bait” with the track “Get That.”
i dontcare1999In 1999, they released their debut single “I Don’t Care” which first peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
noquestion1999During that same year, they released their self-titled debut album on Philadelphia International Records. However, the album’s sales fell short of expectations and No Question left the label to sign with the RuffNation record label (becoming the first R&B group signed to the label).
no question 2000In 2000, No Question’s first album was re-released and it managed to peak at #47 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
idontcare2000When “I Don’t Care” was re-released as well, the song peaked at #123 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #24 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks) and #56 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
if you really wanna goThe follow-up single from the album “If You Really Wanna Go” failed to make any impact on the charts. In 2001, the group was featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Brothers” with the track “Remember Us.” After that, nothing much was heard from No Question and it seemed as if they had faded into obscurity.

However in 2012, the group reformed as a trio with original members Damon & Dante and new member Nate. They performed in shows in the United States from January to June 2012, but since then, nothing much has been heard about the current future of No Question’s career.

Sadly on November 25, 2014, Damon Core passed away at the age of 40. As for the other members of No Question, it’s unknown what they are currently up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “”If You Really Wanna Go,” go to:

Prymary Colorz

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Prymary Colorz was an interracial R&B music group from the 2000s that consisted of Marcus Dilley, Raj Nichols, Josh Royals and Jonathan Thomas. The group formed in 2000 and were signed to the Big 3 Records label.
if you only knewIn 2002, they released their debut and only album “If You Only Knew” which peaked at #61 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
if you only knew singleThe title song became the group’s only charting single to date, peaking at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart and #78 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks).

During 2002, Prymary Colorz were one of the acts on pop group A-Teens “Pop ’til You Drop Tour” (along with pop group LMNT) and appeared in concert with R&B singer Mario in December of that same year. By 2004, the group had disbanded and went their separate ways.

These days, Marcus Dilley is a member of a Christian rock/pop/soul/funk band called Right Hand Seated. He is also a realtor in North Carolina & South Carolina, serves as a Worship Arts leader at FWBC/Catalyst and is married with a daughter.

According to research, Josh Royals works as a branch manager at Wells Fargo in Gulfport, Florida. It’s unknown what Jonathan Thomas and Raj Nichols are up to these days.

To see the music video for “If You Only Knew,” go to:

To see an Electronic Press Kit (or EPK) for Prymary Colorz, go to:

Jade Anderson

jade andersonJade Anderson (born on May 26, 1980 in England) is a British pop/R&B singer-songwriter from the 2000s. She is the daughter of singer Jon Anderson (who is known as the lead singer of the band Yes).
3shipsJade made her musical debut in 1985, providing vocals to Jon’s album “3 Ships” on the track “Jingle Bells.” She later provided vocals on her father’s other solo albums. As a teenager, Jade began writing poetry and composing music.

When she was 16 years old, Jade joined a female teen pop group, but left the group because she wanted to express herself in a different way. She later met a local songwriter named Eg and began working on demos with him. Jade ultimately signed a record deal with Columbia Records.
sugarhighIn 2001, Jade released her debut single “Sugarhigh” in Japan, but it’s unknown how the single charted there.

When the single was released in the United States a year later in 2002, the song peaked at #96 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. The remix of the song managed to peak at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
dive deeper albumDuring that same year, Jade’s debut album “Dive Deeper” was released in Japan, but for unknown reasons, it was never released in the United States.

The follow-up singles from the album “Sweet Memories” and the title song were released in Japan, but it’s unknown how or if they made the charts at all.

Since then, Jade has sporadically working on music throughout the years; she was supposed to release a sophomore album, but it’s unknown if it’ll ever be released at all. Despite that, she was written music and appears to still perform as well.

To follow Jade on Twitter, go to:

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

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

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

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:

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.

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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: