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Secret Ties

Secret TiesSecret Ties was a dance-pop music group from San Diego, California that was formed in 1985 by producer/songwriter/keyboardist Brian Soares which consisted of him and various female vocalists Linda Harmon, Cheryl Ford, Christina Veronica and Shari Wilson.
Dancin' In My SleepIn 1986, the group released their debut single “Dancin’ in My Sleep” on the Nightwave Records label which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance\Disco Club Play chart (staying on the chart for 6 weeks) and received a lot of airplay on the radio.
All Through The NightA year later in 1987, Secret Ties released their only album “All Through the Night.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
One NightTheir follow-up single “One Night” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance\Disco Club Play (staying on the chart for only 3 weeks).
Dancin' InsanityThe last single released from the album “Dancin’ Insanity” failed to make the charts at all. It would turn out to be their last single released on Nightwave Records.

In 1989, Secret Ties released two singles “Boy Oh Boy” (on the Soaring Records label) and “You Can Lick It” (on the Megatone Records label), but neither of them appeared to make any impact on the charts at all.

After that, Secret Ties disbanded and appeared to have faded into obscurity. Sadly on February 15, 1997, Brian Soares passed away from complications due to AIDS. According to Discogs.com, Brian was working on a musical play about a woman living with HIV before he died.

It’s unknown what the female vocalists of Secret Ties are up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for “Dancin’ In My Sleep,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You Can Lick It,” go to:

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Aida

aidaAida (born Aida Hernandez from New York) was a female dance music singer from the ’80s.
number oneIn 1983, she released her debut single “Number One” on Vanguard Records which peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Dance\Disco Top 80 chart in January of 1984, making it her only charting single to date.

Aida’s follow-up singles “Cupid” (released in 1985 on the Bolstar record label) and “One Ticket to Love” (released in 1987 on the Matra record label in Canada) didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts.

Since then, it seems as if Aida has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “One Ticket to Love,” go to:

My House
Irene Ortiz was a dance music singer from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the 111 East Records label.

In 1991, she released her only single “My House.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.

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

To see a fan-made video for “My House,” 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.

disco man

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:

Zaca Creek

Zaca CreekZaca Creek was a country music group from Santa Ynez, California that consisted of the Foss brothers: Gates, Scot, Jeff and James. The group’s name came from an underground stream that flows through Santa Ynez.
zcreek albumIn 1989, they released their self-titled debut album on Columbia Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
Sometimes Love's Not A Pretty ThingThe group’s debut single “Sometimes Love’s Not a Pretty Thing” peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it their highest charting single to date.
ghost town
The follow-up single from the album “Ghost Town” peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
WarpaintThe last single released from the album “Warpaint” didn’t chart in the U.S., but managed to chart on the country music chart in Canada. In 1990, they were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for “New Vocal Group.”
Broken HeartlandIn 1992, Zaca Creek was signed to Giant Records and a year later in 1993, they released their sophomore album “Broken Heartland.”
Broken HeartlandsingleThe only single to chart from the album was the title song which peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks. By 1994, Zaca Creek had disbanded and faded into obscurity.

These days, Jeff Foss and his wife, Harmony have their own Christian rock music band called Foss. It’s unknown what the other Foss brothers are up to these days.

To see the music video for “Sometimes Love’s Not a Pretty Thing,” go to:

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

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

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

Romi & JazzRomi & Jazz were a British music duo from the late ’80s\early ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were primarily signed to Chrysalis Records.
Reach OutIn 1988, they released their debut single “Reach Out.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

The duo’s next two singles “People In the House” and “Love Crime” also failed to make any impact on the charts.
One Love One WorldIt wasn’t until 1990 that Romi & Jazz were able to make the music charts with the single “One Love One World” which peaked at #98 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After that, it seems as if they have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they’re up to these days.

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

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

To see the music video for “One Love One World,” go to:

The Reynolds GirlsThe Reynolds Sisters were a British vocal duo from the late ’80s that consisted of sisters Linda (born in 1970) and Aisling Reynolds (born in 1972) from Litherland (which is a suburb of Sefton, Liverpool in England). After giving music producer Peter Waterman a demo tape, they signed a record deal with the PWL record label.
idratherjackIn 1989, they released their debut single “I’d Rather Jack” (produced by music producers Stock Aitken and Waterman) which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their only hit song to date. It also charted in other countries such as Belgium, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The song was a response to music critics who ignored the younger pop music acts in the United Kingdom at the time and the radio DJ’s who continued to play older bands on their playlists instead of the songs created by Stock Aiken and Waterman.
get realAfter releasing a follow-up single “Get Real” which failed to chart at all, the duo faded out of the spotlight and into obscurity. It’s unknown what the Reynolds sisters are currently up to these days.

To see a music video for “I’d Rather Jack,” go to:

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