Category: R&B


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:

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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.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Carol DouglasCarol Douglas (born Carol Strickland on April 7, 1948 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City) is an R&B\disco singer who became quite popular during the disco music scene of the 1970s.

Carol was born to jazz performer, Minnie Newsome (who has been cited as the inspiration for Cab Calloway’s song “Minnie the Moocher”) and her father, who worked as a mortician. She is also the cousin of late R&B singer Sam Cooke.

When she was 10 years old, Carol appeared on the game show “Name That Tune”. After that, Ebony Magazine followed her for the next three years.

During that period of time, she was an understeady for actress Jonelle Allen in the off-Broadway production of “The Life of Mary McCloud Bethune.” She later appeared in the play “Moon on a Rainbow Shawl” which starred James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.

Carol attended the Willard May School for professional children & later attended Quintanos High School for young professionals alongside performers such as Gregory Hines, Patty Duke and Bernadette Peters.

During her high school years, Carol sang in a female singing trio called April May & June. In 1963, she released a single called “I Don’t Mind (Being Your Fool)” on the RCA Victor which was released under the name Carolyn Cooke, but her time with the label was cut short after becoming pregnant at the age of 15.

Carol sung several jingles for television commercials and did voiceover work. In the mid-’60s, she married her high school sweetheart Ken Douglas and throughout the early ’70s, she toured nationally on the oldies circuit with R&B group The Chantels. During that time, she recorded a single for Capitol Records called “Some Tears Fall Dry.”

In 1974, Carol was recruited by the Midland International Records label. The label’s vice-president & record producer Eddie O’Loughlin heard British singer Sunny’s 1974 song “Doctor’s Orders” (which was a hit in the United Kingdom) and was looking for a female singer to record the song for the music market in the United States. After Carol’s audition for the label, she was signed to a five-year contract.
doctorsordersIn November of 1974, her version of “Doctor’s Orders” became a hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #2 on Billboard’s disco music chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks and making it her only appearance to date on the R&B charts).

Internationally, the song was successful in countries such as France, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Canada (which topped the charts for a week in February of 1975).
carol douglas albumIn 1975, Carol released her debut album “The Carol Douglas Album” which peaked at #177 on the Billboard 200 and #37 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
hurricane is comin toniteThe follow-up single from the album “A Hurricane Is Coming Tonite” didn’t match the same success as her debut single, peaking at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it her last appearance on the Hot 100 to date). Another song from the album “Will We Make It Tonight” was released as a single, but didn’t chart.
midnightloveaffairalbumIn 1976, Carol released her sophomore album “Midnight Love Affair” which peaked at #188 on the Billboard 200.
midnight love affairThe title song (along with the track “Crime Don’t Pay”) topped Billboard’s disco music chart for a week in October of that same year, but it didn’t make the Billboard Hot 100 and only peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
full bloomIn 1977, Carol released her third album “Full Bloom” which peaked at #139 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it her last album to date to make the album charts.
i want to stay with youThe first single from the album “I Want to Stay with You” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s dance music chart (along with the track “Light My Fire”).
dancing queenThe follow-up single, a cover version of ABBA’s song “Dancing Queen” peaked at #110 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s dance music chart.
we do itThe last single from the album “We Do It” peaked at #108 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but failed to make the dance music charts.
burninIn 1978, she released her fourth album “Burnin” which failed to make the album charts at all. The title song managed to peak at #11 on Billboard’s dance music chart.

A cover version of the Bee Gee’s song “Night Fever” peaked at #106 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #15 on Billboard’s dance music chart. It also managed to peak at #66 on the U.K. Singles chart.
come into my lifeIn 1979, Carol released her fifth album “Come into My Life” also failed to make the album charts. The only single to chart was “I Got the Answer / Love Sick” which peaked at #51 on Billboard’s dance music chart.

By the ’80s, RCA Records had purchased the 20th Century Records label and transferred Carol to the label from her previous record label (which was by then out of business).
my simple heartIn 1982, Carol released a cover version of The Three Degrees’ song “My Simple Heart” which managed to peak at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, but according to Carol, the label didn’t really promote the single.

After that, Carol relocated to Paris where she signed a record deal with the Carrere record label and later signed a record deal in the United States with the Next Plateau Records label.
love zoneIn 1983, Carol released her sixth album (and last one to date) “Love Zone” which failed to make any impact on the charts.

The only singles released from the album were “You’re Not So Hot,” “I Got Your Body,” and “Got Ya Where I Want Ya.” It’s unknown how or if the singles made the charts at all.
when love goes wrongAfter her deal with Next Plateau Records came to an end, Carol released the single “When Love Goes Wrong” (which she also co-wrote) in 1987 that was released on producer Darryl Payne’s New Image record label. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.

After that, not much was heard from Carol Douglas for the rest of the ’80s. During the retro-boom of the ’90s, Carol began touring again and made personal appearances at various special events.

In 2003, Carol returned to the recording studio where she was invited to sing backing vocals on singer Wanda Dee’s album “Goddess is Here!” and also re-recorded some of her hit songs. During that same year, she appeared on television on “The People’s Court” (with Judge Marilyn Milian) as the plantiff in a case involving herself and disco singer Sharon Brown.

These days, Carol is signed to the Black Wax Records label, but it is currently unknown if she is planning on releasing any new music. She is also working on developing a script about a television mini-series of her life.

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

To see a fan-made video for “A Hurricane is Coming Tonite,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Headline News” (from her second album), go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Want To Stay With You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We Do It,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Got the Answer,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “My Simple Heart,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Got Your Body,” go to:

The 411

The 411
The 411 were an English female R&B group from London, England whose members originally consisted of Carolyn Owlett, Tanya Boniface, Tisha Martin and Susie Furlonger. The group took their name from Mary J. Blige’s 1992 album “What’s the 411?”
on my kneesIn May of 2004, they released their first single “On My Knees” which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to reach the top 30 in Australia.
dumbIn August of that same year, they released their follow-up single “Dumb” which became their only highest charting song to date, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart.
between the sheetsOn November 22, 2004, the 411 released their debut and only album “Between the Sheets” which peaked at #46 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was certified Silver in December of 2004.
teardropsThe last single released from the album “Teardrops” peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 2005, the 411 disbanded, but in 2007, they reformed under the name Sunshyne with two new members after Susie Furlonger quit the group a few months before. They soon changed their name back to the 411 and Susie was replaced by Nuala Farrelly.

In 2008, Tisha Martin announced on her MySpace account that the group had broken up again, but the members still remained friends and they would possibly release new material in the near future, but as of 2018, it has not happened.

These days, Susie Furlonger works as a backing vocalist and has worked with various artists such as Paloma Faith, Bonnie Tyler, James Ingram, Deniece Williams, Freda Payne, Billy Paul, Leona Lewis and Julio Iglesias. She also tours with David Gest.

Carolyn Owlett is the co-director of a broadcast media agency called CleanFeed Media in East London. She has also written articles for “Marie Claire” magazine and worked as a television presenter.

Tisha Martin became an actress, appearing in various shows on British television during the 2000s. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

Nuala Farrelly has danced and appeared in various musicals, films and commercials.

Tanya Boniface is married to R&B singer Peabo Bryson and works as a waxing specialist in Atlanta, Georgia.

To see the music video for “On My Knees,” go to:

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

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

N-Tyce

n-tyceN-Tyce were an R&B\pop girl group from London, England that consisted of members Ario Obubore, Chantal Kerzner, Donna Studds and M’Chelle Robinson. The group was signed to the Telestar Records label.
hey djIn 1997, the group released their debut single “Hey DJ! (Play That Song)” which peaked at #20 on the U.K. Singles chart.
we come to partyTheir follow-up single “We Come to Party” fared better on the charts, peaking at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was released as their debut single in the United States, but it didn’t appear to generate a lot of success there.
telefunkinIn 1998, N-Tyce released the single “Telefunkin'” which peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart.
all day every dayIn June of that same year, the group released their debut and only album “All Day Every Day” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the album was released promotionally.
boom boomThe last single from the album “Boom Boom” peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their last chart appearance to date.

In July of 1998, N-Tyce was one of the opening acts for *NSYNC’s concert tour “NSYNC in Concert.” By 1999, the group disbanded and faded into obscurity, but according to research, N-Tyce had reportedly planned on reuniting in 2011 along with releasing a new album, but it’s unknown if those plans ever happened.

These days, it’s unknown what the members of N-Tyce are up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see the music video for “Hey DJ! (Play That Song),” go to:

To see the music video for “We Come to Party,” go to:

To see the music video for “Telefunkin’,” go to:

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

Gregori Hunte

Gregori HunteGregori Hunte was a male R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Acme Music Corporation label.
somebody lied

In 1983, he released his debut and only single “Somebody Lied.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted, but the music video got some airplay on RockAmerica.

After that, it seems as if Gregori has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is currently up to these days.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Hy-Ryze

Love Is Alive And Well In YouHy-Rize was an R&B music act from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this music act, but Hy-Rize was signed to the ARI Records label.

In 1982, Hy-Rize released their only single “Love Is Alive And Well in You” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it’s unknown what happened to Hy-Rize and it seems as if they have faded into obscurity.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Jackie Moore

jackie mooreJackie Moore (born in 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an R&B singer from the ’70s. It’s unknown what her early life was like, but she moved to Philadelphia in the late ’60s.


Between 1968 to 1969, Jackie released three singles: “Dear John,” “Why Don’t You Call on Me” and “Loser Again.” It’s unknown if either of those singles made the charts.

After the lack of success from the singles, Jackie returned to Jacksonville and (partly owing to her cousin, producer Dave Crawford) signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
precious preciousIn 1970, Jackie released the single “Precious, Precious” which became a hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 15 weeks). The single sold over 1 million copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1971.

Her next single “Darling Baby” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) in 1972, but missed the Hot 100. During that same year, she released another single called “Time” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks).
sweet charlie babeIn 1973, Jackie released her debut album “Sweet Charlie Babe” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
scharliebabeThe title song managed to peak at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, (staying on the chart for 13 weeks) and #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Jackie’s last charting single on the Hot 100 chart.
bothendsagainstmiddleThe last single released from the album “Both Ends Against the Middle” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
makemefeellikewomanIn 1975, Jackie released her sophomore album “Make Me Feel Like a Woman” on the Kayvette Records label which didn’t make the album charts at all. The title song peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, making it her highest charting single on the chart to date, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.


In 1976, Jackie released the singles “Puttin’ It Down to You” (which peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart), “It’s Harder to Leave” (which peaked at #74 and “Disco Body (Shake It to the East, Shake it to the West)” (which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart).
make me yours
In 1978, Jackie released a cover version of singer Bettye Swann’s 1967 song “Make Me Yours” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
personally
During that same year, she released the single “Personally” which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
this time baby
In 1979, Jackie released a disco version of the O’Jays’ 1978 song “This Time Baby” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in August. It also peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks).
onmywayDuring that same year, she released her third album “I’m On My Way” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
with your loveIn 1980, she released her last album to date “With Your Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
love wont let me wait
She released a cover version of Major Harris’ song “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” with Barry White which managed to peak at #78 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
holding back
Her last chart appearance was in 1983 with the single “Holding Back” on the Catawba Records label which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

Jackie continued to release various singles throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, but she eventually retired from the music business to care for her family, but continued to make occasional appearances every now & then.

These days, it’s unknown what Jackie Moore is up to these days and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “This Time Baby,” go to:

To see the music video for “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” go to:

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