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Minerva

minervaMinerva was a freestyle\dance artist from the ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to Blue Chip Records.

In 1985, she released her only single “Rescue Me.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

After that, it seems as if Minerva has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

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

veronica lynnVeronica Lynn is a female R&B singer from the 90’s.

She first began singing when she was 9 years old, won her first talent show when she was 11 years old and at the age of 15, she performed in the Hal Jackson Talented Teen Competition where she shared the stage with a young Johnny Gill. She later went on to win numerous talent shows and even won on “Showtime at the Apollo” twice in 1988.

In 1993, Veronica Lynn signed a record deal with RCA Records affiliate label, PMD Records (with the help of her Southern CT State University classmate, Parrish Smith, who is a member of rap group EPMD). She has collaborated with various artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Levert, Shirley Murdock & Roger Troutman.
make up your mind.jpgIn 1994, she released her debut single “Make Up Your Mind” which peaked at #89 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

Veronica Lynn was supposed to release her debut album “Diamond in the Rough” during the same year, but due to unknown reasons, it was never officially released although a promotional cassette of the album was released (according to Discogs.com).

After that, nothing much was heard from Veronica Lynn and it seemed as if she had faded into obscurity, but according to research, she has returned to the music scene with a three-piece music ensemble called the Veronica Lynn Project.

To see the Veronica Lynn Project’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Lynn-Project-1423706767853728/

To see the Veronica Lynn Project’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Make Up Your Mind,” go to:

Lonnie Gordon.jpgLonnie Gordon (born on November 8, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female dance\pop\R&B singer who scored a couple of dance hits during the ’90s. She moved to the Bronx, New York when she was young.

In the early ’80s, Lonnie began performing around the Harlem area in clubs as the lead singer of a band called Nythjar. After she met her husband, she moved to England in the late ’80s and took time off from the music business to care for her daughter.

In 1988, she continued her singing career singing lead vocals for club-oriented music acts such as Deja Vu, Offshore and most notably, Quartzlock.
pleasure controlIn 1989, Lonnie contributed lead vocals to Simon Harris’ cover version of On the House’s song “(I’ve Got Your) Pleasure Control” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to chart in the United States, peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The single attracted the attention of record label Supreme Records, who offered Lonnie a record deal in 1989.
it's not overDuring that same year, she released a cover version of First Choice’s song “Let No Man Put Asunder” under the title “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder”) which only peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but did not chart in other countries.
happenin' all over againIn 1990, Lonnie’s second single “Happenin’ All Over Again” (with whom she worked with British songwriting\producing trio Stock Aitken & Waterman) peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful in other countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand.

When the song’s re-recorded version was released in the United States, it peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in November of 1993.
beyond wildest dreamsLonnie’s song “How Could He Do This To Me” was supposed to be a follow-up single, but it was scrapped & never released until years later, so it was replaced with the song “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.
if i have to stand aloneIn 1991, Lonnie released her debut album “If I Have to Stand Alone”. The album received a limited release in Europe, Japan and Australia (where it peaked at #173 on the ARIA Albums chart), but due to her last two singles flopping on the charts, the album was never released in the United Kingdom.
stand aloneThe title song managed to peak at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #147 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.
gonna catch yaIn 1991, Lonnie flew to Italy where she recorded the song “Gonna Catch You” (which was written by Italo house music group Black Box). When the song was released a single, it became a top 40 hit in the U.K., peaking at #32 on the chart.

The song (which was released as her debut single in the U.S.) was featured on the soundtrack to the Vanilla Ice film “Cool As Ice” which managed to peak at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of 1991. The single would be Lonnie’s last release on Supreme Records & she would later sign with SBK Records.
bad moodIn 1993, Lonnie released her sophomore album “Bad Mood”. It’s unknown how or if it made any album charts at all.
bad mood singleThe title song topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.
do you want itAnother single from the album “Do You Want It” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
dirty loveIn 1996, Lonnie released the single “Dirty Love” on Geffen Records which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
if you really love meIn 1997, she worked with European dance producers P.O.F., Roland Michael and Demetrius Ross to remix a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “If You Really Love Me” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
no regretIn 2000, Lonnie released a compliation album called “No Regret” on the Centaur Music, Inc. record label.
he lives in youThe lead single, a cover version of Lebo M.’s song “He Lives In You” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

In 2002, Lonnie starred as the lead vocalist & narrator for Cirque Du Soleil in an act called “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, Nevada. After leaving Cirque Du Soleil, she returned to London, England where she toured with a U.K.-based company called Allaboutdivas.com.

In 2007, she formed her own record label called Gordon Records, releasing four compliation albums on the label.

In 2012, she launched a one-woman show called “No Apologies: Who Said Life Was Easy”. In 2014, she released the singles “When I Think About Sex (I Think of You)” and “Horny.”

These days, Lonnie appears to still be active in the entertainment business as a singer, performer, actress, painter & vocal coach.

To see Lonnie’s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/lonniegordonpage/

To see a video of Lonnie performing “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder),” go to:

To see the music video for “Happenin’ All Over Again,” go to:

To see the music video for “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams,” go to:

To see the music video for “If I Have to Stand Alone,” go to:

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

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

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

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

To see the music video for “If You Really Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He Lives in You,” go to:

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

Wandra

wandra
Wandra (real name Wandra Rawlins) was a female dance\R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist.
love attackIn 1983, she released her debut single “Love Attack” on Jamtu Records. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
sex attackDuring that same year, Wandra released a follow-up single called “Sex Attack” on the THO record label. Like her previous single, it didn’t appear to chart at all.

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

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

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

pure energyPure Energy was a dance music\post-disco music group that consisted of Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens, Raymond Hudson and Wade Hudson. Early on, Curtis, Raymond & Wade were playing in a band called The Professionals. After Lisa saw them perform at a club in Orange, New Jersey, the four of them formed a cover band.
pure energy albumIn 1980, the group signed a record deal with Prism Records. During that same year, they released their self-titled (and only) album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
party onTheir first single released from the album “Party On” became their first hit, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & managed to peak at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
when you're dancinThe follow-up single from the album “When You’re Dancing” peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
come closerAnother single from Pure Energy’s debut album “Come Closer” was released promotionally, but didn’t chart.
breakawayIn 1982, Pure Energy released the single “Breakaway” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

During that same year, they released two more singles “Too Hot” (which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “You’ve Got the Power” (which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart).

In 1983, Pure Energy released the singles “Love Game” (which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “Spaced Out” (which didn’t chart, but was listed in Billboard magazine’s “Top Singles Picks” in the “recommended” section).

During that same year, Lisa Stevens & Curtis Hudson wrote the song “Holiday” which was discovered by music producer Jellybean Benitez. It was offered to R&B singers Phyllis Hyman & Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), but they turned it down. The song was later given to Madonna which became a hit on the pop & dance music charts. They would later write another song for Madonna called “Spotlight.”
one hot nightIn 1984, Pure Energy released their last single to date “One Hot Night” which didn’t chart. After that, the group disbanded.

In 1986, Lisa & Curtis welcome a son named Eric, who has gone on to become a successful songwriter & producer, working with various artists such as Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, John Legend, Mary J. Blige & Trey Songz.
lovemusicIn 1989, Lisa released a solo single called “Love That Music,” but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, it’s unknown if Curtis & Lisa are still currently active in the music business, but they were interviewed in 2012 about the success of “Holiday.” It’s unknown what Raymond Hudson & Wade Hudson are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “When You’re Dancing,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You’ve Got the Power,” go to:

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

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

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

Candi

CandiCandi was a Canadian pop band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of lead singer Candita “Candy” Pennella, bassist & background vocalist Nino Milazzo, drummer & percussionist Paul Russo & keyboardist Rich Imbrogno.

The band originally performed as an Italian wedding band. They later began playing at local area clubs & dances where they attracted the attention of record executives from I.R.S. Records label who signed them to a record contract.
dancing under latin moonIn 1988, Candi released their debut single “Dancing Under a Latin Moon” which peaked at #26 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada. In the United States, the song became the band’s only hit song to date, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
candialbumDuring that same year, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was certified platinum in Canada (with sales of 100,000 units).
under your spellThe band’s follow-up single “Under Your Spell” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It’s unknown how it charted in Canada.
missing youThe third single released from the album “Missing You” peaked at #18 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
love makes no promisesThe last single from the album “Love Makes No Promises” became Candi’s highest charting single in Canada, peaking at #9 on the RPM Top Singles chart.

At the 1990 Juno Awards, Candi’s songs “Under Your Spell” & “Missing You” were nominated for the award of “Best Dance Recording”. Candy Pennella was nominated for the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year,” but she lost to Rita MacNeil. She was nominated the next year, but lost to Celine Dion.
world keeps on turning albumIn 1990, Candi changed their name to Candi & the Backbeat and released their sophomore album “World Keeps On Turning.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold.
friends foreverThe only single to chart was “Friends Forever” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 1991.

The other two singles released from the album “The World Just Keeps On Turning” (which was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Dance Recording”) and “Good Together” didn’t appear to chart.

After a North American tour in 1991, Candy Pennella decided to disband the band and members went on to pursue other projects.

Candy married Paul Russo (who began working as a session musician), attended York University where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Education degree. These days, she works as a teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

It’s unknown what Nino Milazzo & Rich Imbrogno are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” go to:

To see the music video for “Under Your Spell,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Love Makes No Promises,” go to:

To see the music video for “The World Just Keeps on Turning,” go to:

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

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

Neva

nevaNeva was a female dance\house music singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warlock Records.
Neva (2) ‎– FascinationIn 1996, she released her only single “Fascination.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all. After that, it seems as if Neva has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is up to these days.

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

China PrynzChina Prynz (real name Frances Pryzbyl) was a female freestyle\dance singer from the 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to High Power Records.
China Prynz ‎– C'est La VieIn 2000, she released her only single “C’est La Vie.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if China Prynz has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the 2000s.

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beu sistersThe Beu Sisters (born in New York City) are a pop music girl group that originally consisted of sisters Candice, Jilaine, Christie & Danielle. Their parents were Broadway veterans.

Born in New York, the sisters and their family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1989. In 1997, the sisters recorded a homemade demo. Outside of music, Candice is skilled in art (particularly in drawing & painting), Jiliane did costume design and Christie was a champion surfer.

By the end of the ’90s, they formed an a cappella music group and later opened for artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Bad Company, John Anderson & Daryle Singletary. They were later discovered by songwriter Desmond Child who helped sign them to a record deal with S-Curve Records.
decisionsIn 2002, the Beu Sisters released their debut album “Decisions”. It’s unknown how or if the album charted it all, but it received positive reception from critics.
seventeenThe only single released from the album was “I Was Only (Seventeen).” Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single made the music charts at all.

Throughout the early\mid-2000s, the Beu Sisters appeared on various movie & TV soundtracks such as “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” “Home on the Range,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Smallville” and “Charmed.”

The group was also well-known on the Disney Channel, performing at Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl & Disneymania In Concert.” They also opened for singers Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken on a 32-city tour.

The Beu Sisters later signed an entertainment deal with Sony\Columbia Records, but due to unknown delays, their deal didn’t pan out quite well, so they decided to take a break from the music business.

During their hiatus, the sisters found themselves waiting tables, teaching vocal lessons, gardening, cleaning homes and starting families of their own, but they still continued to perform music.

In 2012, the Beu Sisters (minus Jilaine) made a comeback to the music scene and released three EPs: “Beu-tiful” Volumes 1, 2 & 3. These days, the sisters continue to perform as a trio.

(Note [05\10\2017]: This week, I received a comment from one of the Beu Sisters, Candice and this is what she had to say:
Hello there….I’m a Beu Sister! Just wanted to say thank you for creating this for us. Just found it today as I was recounting tales from years gone by to my 9 yr old. This page had everything summarized so concisely. Very nice job. Wondering how you found us? Were you a former fan-friend? I’ve been in the process of writing a memoir & creating a little Indi documentary about my big show biz family’s time in the limelight. So nice to know that even in our obscurity our contributions to the music industry have not been completely lost or forgotten. Again, much appreciation, love & light to you -Candice Beu“)

To follow the Beu Sisters on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/BeuSisters/

To see a video for the Beu Sisters appearing on MTV, go to:

To see the music video for “Definition of a Lady” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 1 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Daze” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 2 EP), go to:

To see the music video for their song “Everything Will Be Alright” (from the “Beu-tiful Volume 3 EP), go to:

To see the music video for “Anytime You Need a Friend” (from the “Home on the Range” soundtrack), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Make Me Feel Like a Star” (from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack, go to), go to:

The Vapors

the vaporsThe Vapors are a new wave\power pop band from Guildford, Surrey, England who were known in the United States for being a “one-hit wonder.” The line-up consisted of lead singer-songwriter & rhythm guitarist David Fenton, drummer Howard Smith, lead guitarist Edward Bazalgette (born in London, England) and bass guitarist & vocalist Steve Smith.

The band formed in 1978 when an early version of the band was discovered by Bruce Foxton (from punk rock band The Jam) playing at the Three Lions pub in Farncombe (located in Waverley, Surrey, England) and offered the band a few gigs & agreed to jointly manage them with John Weller (the father of English musician Paul Weller). After that, they were offered a slot supporting The Jam on the “Settling Sons” tour in 1979.
prisonersAt the end of 1979, the Vapors signed a record deal with the United Artists record label and released their first single “Prisoners” which flopped on the charts.
new clear daysIn 1980, the band released their debut album “New Clear Days” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Albums chart and #62 on the Billboard 200 chart.
turning japaneseTheir second single “Turning Japanese” became a hit, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart and topping the music charts in Australia & Canada. In the United States, the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The song’s lyric content was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation, but Dave Fenton (who wrote the song) denied that claim in an interview on VH1, but however, he said wished to thank whoever first came up with that interpretation.

The follow-up single “News at Ten” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. The last single released from the album “Waiting for the Weekend” failed to chart.
magnetsIn 1981, the Vapors released their second (and current to date) album “Magnets” which peaked at #109 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on the Canadian Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
jimmie jonesSales for the band’s follow-up album were poor and the only single to chart from the album was “Jimmie Jones” (which name-checked cult leader Jim Jones) which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart and managed to peak at #39 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

In 1982, the Vapors disbanded. According to Dave Fenton, he alleged in an interview with “Record Collector” magazine that the lack of support from their record label was the reason for the band’s break-up and that their seventh single “Red Flag” was cancelled without any explanation.

After the band broke up, Dave Fenton released a solo single in 1983 called “Fresh Air” on Razor Records, but it’s unknown how successful it was. In the early 1990s, he returned to the legal profession and spent the next 17 years in London as a in-house solicitor for the Musicians’ Union.

Meanwhile, Edward Bazalgette became a TV director, directing TV programs for the BBC such as “Doctor Who” and two BBC documentaries: “Genghis Khan” (in 2005) and “Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare” (in 2006).

Howard Smith ran an independent record shop called People Records in Guildford, Surrey, England which closed in 2016.

Steve Smith formed a music act called Shoot!Dispute in 1984. Later on, he began working in sound engineering and was even the resident engineer at venues such as The Barfly. He later became a member of music trio The Shakespearos.

In April of 2016, Dave Fenton, Ed Bazelgette & Steve Smith performed at the Half Moon in Putney, London, England and since then, it appears as if the band has reunited, but with Michael Bowes now playing drums instead of Howard Smith.

To follow the Vapors on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/TheVaporsOfficial/

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “News at Ten,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Waiting For the Weekend,” go to:

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