Category: R&B


One Voice

One VoiceOne Voice was a Filipino-American R&B\pop music girl group from Vallejo, California that consisted of members Monica Castillo, Marie Ceralvo, Melissa Ruiz, Aimee Castillo and Mae Ceralvo.

The girls met in elementary school and started out as a quartet. In 1998, Once Voice landed a record deal with independent label Kamikaze Records and contracted the talent of producer James Early.
All Day All Nite
During that same year, they released their debut single, “All Day All Nite” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
Just The BeginningIn April of 1999, the group released their debut album, “Just the Beginning.” It’s unknown if it made any album charts, but it sold 100,000 copies in the United States and Philippines (where it was certified Gold).
When U Think About MeTheir second single, “When U Think About Me” (under the name “Voice V”) peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #96 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for a week.

The song was featured in the MTV television movie, “Jailbait” and was covered by singer Billy Crawford in 2002.

A year later in 2000, One Voice’s debut album was re-released due to the success of “When U Think About Me” and sold 100,000 copies worldwide and was certified Gold. The follow-up singles from the album, “Boyfriend” & “Never Leave Your Side” failed to chart.
Sincerely YoursJust when the group was preparing to record their sophomore album, Aimee Castillo left to further her education. In June of 2001, they released the album, “Sincerely Yours” which sold only 45,000 copies worldwide.

The two singles released from the album, “Swing Your Love 2 Me” and “So Badd” failed to make the charts at all. The following year, One Voice left Kamikaze Records.

After taking some time off, One Voice signed a record deal with another independent label, Straight Hits Entertainment.
Luvin' You
In January of 2004, they released their third album, “Luvin’ You.” Although the album sold 150,000 copies worldwide, there were no singles released from it. In 2005, the group disbanded.

After a five-year hiatus, One Voice decided to return to the music business in the summer of 2009 (with the return of Aimee Castillo) where they went back into the studio to record new music & performing at various events.

Later on, Aimee and Melissa Ruiz would leave the group and One Voice remained as a trio. They would also later announce that they would release new material, but as of 2019, nothing much has been heard from them.

Their Facebook page has not been updated since 2016 and it appears if One Voice has disbanded again.

To see a video for “All Day All Nite,” go to:

To see the music video for “When U Think About Me,” go to:

To see a video for “Boyfriend,” go to:

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

To see a video for “Swing Your Love 2 Me,” go to:

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

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Remedy

Remedy
Remedy was a pop\R&B trio from California that consisted of Sean “Seannie” Alaura, Darryl “P.H.D. Dr. Luv” Sherman & Jesse “Mister J” Aguirre. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Third Rail Records label.
remedy albumIn 1993, they released their only self-titled album; it’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
CloserTheir debut single, “Closer” peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart and #43 on Billboard’s Radio Songs chart.
Tiniest Grain Of SandThe follow-up single “Tiniest Grain Of Sand” didn’t appear to make the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if Remedy had faded into obscurity; it’s unknown what the members of the trio are up to these days.

To see a video for “Closer,” go to:

To see a video for “Tiniest Grain of Sand,” go to:

beck familyThe Beck Family was an R&B group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that consisted of Anthony, Mendy, Tyrone & Joanna Beck, and cousins Nick Mundy & Donald Wilson.

Dancing

In 1976, they released their debut single “Dancing” on the Art record label; it’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
Dancin' On The CeilingIn 1979, the Beck Family released their debut and only album “Dancin’ on the Ceiling” on the Lejoint Records label. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
Can't Shake The FeelingTheir only charting single, “Can’t Shake the Feeling” which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for nine weeks.
Falling In Love Again:Can You Feel It
The follow-up single from the album, “Falling In Love Again/Can You Feel It” didn’t make the charts at all. After that, it seems as if the Beck Family faded into obscurity.

Nick Mundy went on to have a successful career as a producer, songwriter & session musician, working with artists such as Chico DeBarge, Cerrone, LaToya Jackson, Kashif, Sheena Easton, Alexander O’Neal, Color Me Badd, Jeremy Jordan and Tony Terry. In 1987, he released a solo album “Your Kinda Guy” on Warner Bros. Records.

It’s unknown what the other members of the Beck Family are up to these days.

To see a video for “Can’t Shake the Feeling,” go to:

To see a video for “Falling in Love Again,” go to:

To see a video for “Can You Feel It,” go to:

Talent

TalentTalent was a short-lived R&B trio that consisted of Ernest Dixon, Keith “Sugg” Murrell and Marlon Hatcher. They were signed to Interscope Records.

Previously, Keith and Marlon were part of R&B group Kansas City Original Sound in the 90s. Ernest has written songs for artists such as Chico DeBarge, Samantha Mumba, Profyle and Joe’s hit song “Stutter.”
CelebrityIn 2000, they released their only single, “Celebrity” (produced by R. Kelly) which peaked at #90 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
TalentDuring that same year, Talent released the EP “Celebrity.” They were supposed to release their debut album “Bulls Eye”, but for reasons unknown, it was never released.

After that, it seemed as if Talent disbanded. It’s currently unknown what the members of the group are up to these days.

To see a video for “Celebrity,” go to:

Kansas City Original Sound
Kansas City Original Sound (or K-OS) was an R&B group from Kansas City, Missouri. Not much information is given about this group, but some of the members consisted of members Adrian Washington, Keith “Sugg” Murrell and Marlon Hatcher.

In 1994, the group released their debut single “Bounce” on RCA Records which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. Their follow-up single, “Baby It’s On” was released in 1995, but didn’t make the charts.

K-Otic

During that year, the group was dropped from RCA Records and their debut album “K-Otic” was never given an official release, although promotional copies of the album appear to be available.

After that, Kansas City Original Sound appeared to have disbanded. In the 2000s, Keith Murrell and Marlon Hatcher went on to record with R. Kelly and formed a short-lived R&B trio called Talent.

These days, it’s unknown what the members of the group are currently up to and it seems as they have faded into obscurity.

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

To see a video for “Baby It’s On,” go to:

IV Xample

IV XampleIV Xample was an R&B group from Los Angeles, California which consisted of Andre “Dre” Allen, brothers Robert “Bobby C” & Raymond “Runni Rae” Chevis, and Bryant “Lucious” Woodert.
For ExampleIn 1995, they released their self-titled debut album on MCA Records which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #15 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

Their debut single, “The Swang” achieved local radio play in Los Angeles, but it’s unknown if the single ever charted at all.
I'd Rather Be AloneThe group’s next single, “I’d Rather Be Alone” peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100, #44 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 17 weeks), #59 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart and #8 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.
From The FoolThe follow-up single from the album, “From the Fool” peaked at #82 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

IV Example toured in various countries such as Japan, Canada and Australia. Bobby Chevis would later leave the group for a solo career where he had moderate success on the R&B charts with the single, “Why-Oh-Why.” By 1998, the group had disbanded.

Dre Allen went on to become a songwriter\producer for artists such as Outkast, Jesse Powell, Babyface, Lil Romeo, Master P, Montell Jordan, Will Downing, Az Yet and Stevie B. He also formed the Dre Allen Project which featured his then-wife Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue) where they released two albums in 2003 & 2005.

According to research, Bobby Chevis is still pursuing a solo career and has released a few albums independently. Bryan Woodert has also released two solo albums as well. It’s unknown what Raymond Chevis is up to these days.

To see Bobby Chevis’ Soundcloud page, go to:

To see the music video for “I’d Rather Be Alone,” go to:

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

As a bonus, here is the music video to Bobby Chevis’ song “Why-Oh-Why” (released as “Bobby C.”):

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.

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

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:

To see a video for “Tomorrow’s Train,” go to:

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:

To see a video for “Make It Alright,” go to:

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: