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The Love Unlimited Orchestra

The longtime support unit for R&B love man Barry White, the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra's lush, string-laden sound helped set the stage for the emergence of disco. The ensemble was originally formed by White to back his female proteges, Love Unlimited, beginning with their 1972 debut LP; the orchestra soon began supporting White himself as well, and in 1974 they issued their first LP Rhapsody in White. Their biggest hit single was 1973's instrumental disc, "Love's Theme". The track, written by Barry White, went to No. 1 for one week in the U.S. and No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart. Two other albums, Together Brothers and White Gold, appeared later that same year, and in 1975 the Love Unlimited Orchestra returned with Music Maestro Please. Around the time of the release of 1976's My Sweet Summer Suite, the orchestra welcomed to its ranks a new member, saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, who under the name Kenny G. later went on to considerable success as a solo act. After recording the theme to Dino de Laurentiis' big-budget 1977 remake of King Kong, the Love Unlimited Orchestra recorded My Musical Bouquet a year later; Just a Little Bit Different followed in 1979, and in 1981 the group yielded two more LPs, Let 'Em Dance and Welcome Aboard. 1983's Rise was the final new Love Unlimited Orchestra LP, although they continued backing White in the studio and on-stage. The R.I.A.A. awarded a gold disc on 7 February 1974.

Origin - San Pedro, CA, United States
Genres - Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco
Years active - 1973-1983
Associated acts - Barry White

Past members - David T. Walker, Emmett North Jr., Don Peake, Ernie Watts, Gene Page, Kenny Gorelick(Kenny G), Lee Ritenour, Steve Guillory Sr., Wah Wah Watson(Melvin Ragin), Ray Parker Jr., Nathan East, Stella Castelucci and Others

Albums of The Love Unlimited Orchestra:
1974-Rhapsody in White(20th Century T 433)
1974-Together Brothers(O.S.T)(20th Century ST 101)
1974-White Gold(20th Century T 458)
1975-Music Maestro Please(20th Century T 480)
1976-My Sweet Summer Suite(20th Century T 517)
1978-My Musical Bouquet(20th Century T 554)
1979-Super Movie Themes-Just A Little Bit Different(20th Century T 582)
1981-Welcome Aboard - Presents Mr. Webster Lewis(Unlimited Gold FZ 37425)
1981-Let 'Em Dance(Unlimited Gold JZ 36131)
1983-Rise(Unlimited Gold FZ 38366)
1995-The Best Of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra(Mercury 314 526 945-2)

See also:
Barry White blog
Barry White on that Blog

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Ottawan was founded In 1979 by French record producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger and fronted by male singer Jean Patrick Baptiste and female singer Annette. Patrick Jean-Baptiste was born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. As a child he sang in church choirs and danced on the hits of Otis Redding and James Brown. His parents hoped he’d become a successful lawyer, but fate had something far more exciting in store. He started his own band, Black Underground, while still working as a navigator for Air France. When manager Daniel Vangarde discovered him, everything changed. Singer Annette joined the group and famous composers such as Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde (the musical geniuses behind Sheila and The Gibson Brothers) wrote songs for them. In less than no time, D.I.S.C.O. went to the top of the charts in Europe and sold more than 10 million copies throughout the world. OTTAWAN was born, the first ever French Disco band! In the United Kingdom they had two Top 10 hits. "D.I.S.C.O." (the act's debut single) reached number two in September 1980, while "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" peaked at number three a year later. "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" reached #1 in New Zealand during 1982, staying there for eight weeks. In France, their single "You're OK" (French title "T'es OK") is one of the Top 50 best-selling singles of all time. The duo recorded in French as well as English. Patrick Baptiste left the group soon afterwards and attempted a come back under the new name Pam 'n Pat, to little success. Several years later, Annette left the group due to family reasons. Ottawan continued as an act with varying line-ups for many years afterwards. Even today, Patrick continues to tour the world with his most famous hits.

Top Hit Singles
D.I.S.C.O. 1979
Haut Les Mains (Donne Moi Ton Coeur) 1980
Shalala Song 1980
Hello Rio 1980
T'Es O.K. / You're O.K. 1980
Comme aux U.S.A 1980
Haut les mains 1980
Tant que durera la nuit 1980
It's A Top Secret 1981
La Siest' Avec Toi 1981
Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) 1981
Musique Magique 1981
Crazy Music 1981
Shalala Song 1981
Help! (Get Me Some Help) 1981
Fais Chanter Le Juke-Box 1981
Doudou la Rumba 1981
Qui va garder mon crocodile cet ete ? 1981
Siesta for Two 1981

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Lisa Stansfield

Lisa Stansfield (Lisa Jane Stansfield is born 11 April 1966) is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984. The band released several singles and one album, but after the success of "People Hold On" in 1989, on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career. In 1980, Stansfield won the Search for a Star singing competition at the Talk of the Town nightclub and in 1981 her first single "Your Alibis". In 1982, she appeared on the television show Bring Me the Head. Also in 1983, she co-hosted the children's television music programme Razzamatazz and appeared on another children's television series The Krankies Klub. Between 1982 and 1983, Stansfield released her next three singles: "The Only Way," "Listen to Your Heart" and "I Got a Feeling." Her early recordings were released on the album In Session in September 1996.  Stansfield's first solo album, Affection (1989), and its worldwide chart-topping lead single, "All Around the World", were major breakthroughs in her career. She was nominated for two Grammy Awards and Affection is currently her best-selling album. In the following years, Stansfield released Real Love (1991), So Natural (1993) and Lisa Stansfield (1997). In 1999, she appeared in her first film, Swing, and also recorded the soundtrack for it. Her next albums included Face Up (2001), Biography: The Greatest Hits (2003) and The Moment (2004). After that, Stansfield took a break from music and focused on her film career. Stansfield released her latest album, Seven, on 31 January 2014. Its lead single, "Can't Dance", was digitally released on 16 October 2013. In 1987, Stansfield married the Italian designer Augusto Grassi, whom she met during a holiday in Tunisia. The couple moved to Zagarolo in Italy but their marriage lasted only four months. Following the end of the marriage Stansfield came back to Britain. After many years of friendship and engagement, she and Ian Devaney married on 25 July 1998.

Top Hit Singles
Your Alibis 1981
The Only Way 1982
Listen To Your Heart / I Got A Feeling 1983
This Is The Right Time 1989
Coldcut Featuring Lisa Stansfield - People Hold On 1989
You Can't Deny It / Live Together 1990
What Did I Do To You? 1990
Change / All Woman 1991
Someday (I'm Coming Back) 1992
A Little More Love / Set Your Loving Free 1992
Time To Make You Mine 1992
In All The Right Places 1992
All Around the World (Duet with Barry White) 1992
Little Bit Of Heaven 1993
So Natural 1993
George Michael And Queen With Lisa Stansfield - Five Live 1993
George Michael And Queen Featuring Lisa Stansfield - These Are The Days Of Our Lives 1993
Babyface & Lisa Stansfield - Dream Away 1994
Make It Right 1994
The Real Thing 1997
Never Gonna Fall 1997
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up  1997
Don't Cry For Me 1997
I'm Leavin'  / The Line 1997
The Longer We Make Love - Barry White duet with Lisa Stansfield 1999
Let's Just Call It Love / 8-3-1 2001
Kool & The Gang Featuring Lisa Stansfield - Too Hot 2004
If I Hadn't Got You / Treat Me Like A Woman 2004
He Touches Me 2005
Can't Dance 2013
Carry On 2014
The Soultalk Sessions 2015

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Snap! is a German Eurodance project formed in 1989 by Frankfurt-based producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. They started the project under the name "16 bit" in 1986
and had a big success with their first single "Where Are You?". In 1987 they released the album "Inaxycvgtgb". Snap! first hit "The Power", a combination of house and hip hop elements which was fronted by rapper Turbo B. and american singer Penny Ford, peaked at No.2 in Germany in April 1990. The single topped the charts in the United Kingdom and it reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jackie Harris was used to mime Penny Ford's voice in the video "The Power" and left the group shortly after and Penny Ford became
its full-time lead singer, recording the second single "Ooops Up", a re-working of "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Ooops!)", a 1980 hit by The Gap Band, with which Penny was a former backing singer. The song "Oops Up" was another No.2 hit in Germany. The single entered the top-5 in the UK it was also awarded a Gold certification in the U.S. Further hits followed with the oriental-sounding "Cult of Snap", which charted at No.3 in Germany and No.8 in the UK, and "Mary Had a Little Boy", which charted at No.4 in Germany, and again No.8 in the UK. Their first album ''World Power'' reached No.7 in Germany, No.10 in the UK and No.30 in the U.S. In 1991, after Thea Austin joined the line-up and helped towrite "Rhythm Is a Dancer" released as the second single of the second album "The Madman's Return'' in July 1992. The single shot to No.1 in Germany, the UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium. The first single was "Colour of Love". The producers recruited Washington DC-born singer Summer(was born Paula Brown) to front the act for the third album ''Welcome to Tomorrow''. First single called "Welcome to Tomorrow (Are You Ready?)" in September 1994. In 1996 the group was officially disbanded releasing a greatest hits compilation called ''Snap! Attack: The Best of Snap!''. However, the act made a surprising return in 2000 with a track entitled "Gimme a Thrill", complete with a rap performed by Turbo B. and vocal from the band's newest singer Maxayn. A new version of "Do You See the Light" remixed by Plaything was released in 2002. The following year, a remixed album, ''The Cult of Snap!''. Buoyed by the success of the remixes, Münzing and Anzilotti went back into the studio with male singer Damien Behanan, also known as Loc, and released the single "Beauty Queen" in September 2005. They would also release another single in 2008 featuring Loc, ''Jumping!''. On June 16, 2008, a new version of "Rhythm Is a Dancer '08" was released as a CD single in the UK which peaked at No.23 there.

Top Hit Singles
The Power 1989
Mary Had A Little Boy 1990
Cult Of Snap (World Power Mix) 1990
Ooops Up 1990
Colour Of Love 1991
Rhythm Is A Dancer 1992
Exterminate! 1992
Do You See The Light (Looking For) 1993
Snap! Feat. Summer - Welcome To Tomorrow 1994
Snap! Feat. Summer - The First The Last Eternity (Till The End) 1995
Snap! Feat. Summer - The World In My Hands 1995
Snap! Feat. Rukmani - Rame 1996

Gimme A Thrill 2000
Snap! vs. Motivo - The Power (Of Bhangra) 2003
Infernal vs. Snap! - The Cult Of Noise 2003
Snap! Vs Milky & 2nf / Snap! Vs Roy Malone - Mary Had A Little Boy / Cult Of Snap 2004
Beauty Queen 2005
We Want Your Soul 2006
Jumping! 2008

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Bionic Boogie

Bionic Boogie was a disco studio group produced by Gregg Diamond in the late 70s. Bionic Boogie, formed 1977. Also Known As Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie, Gregg Diamond and Bionic Boogie. Diamond produced three albums under this name, “Bionic Boogie”(1977), “Hot Butterfly”(1978) and “Tiger! Tiger!”(1979). Though the group is best known for its dance hits “Risky Changes” and “Chains”, Luther Vandross sang with Bionic Boogie on “Hot Butterfly”. The band also featured future KISS drummer Eric Carr on backing vocals. Gwen Guthrie, best known for her 1986 hit “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent”, also sang with Bionic Boogie. Gregg Diamond was an American pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was active in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s. Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals. The song was later covered by David Lasley, The Sweet Inspirations and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977, "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1978), "Starcruisin'" (1978), "Fancy Dancer" (1978), and "Tiger, Tiger (Feel Good For a While)" (1979). "Dance Little Dreamer" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1978. The song "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" reached #61 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1979. Diamond was also a member of the backing band for Jobriath, The Creatures. Diamond played drums and percussion. Outside of Bionic boogie, Diamond's biggest hit was as writer and producer of the 1975 single More More More by the Andrea True Connection.He died of gastrointestinal bleeding on March 14, 1999 at the age of 49.

Top Hit Singles
Risky Changes 1977
All Nite Long 1977
Dance Little Dreamer 1977
Cream (Always Rises To The Top) 1978
Hot Butterfly(with Luther Vandross) 1978
Fess Up To The Boogie 1978
Chains 1978
Shake Your Groove Thing 1978
When The Shit Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket) 1978
Fancy Dancer 1978
Crazy Lady Luck 1979
Tiger Tiger (Feel Good For A While) 1979
Take The Boogie Home 1979
Risky Changes / Hot Butterfly (re) 1989
Risky Changes / Chains / Hot Butterfly (re) 1991
Fresh (Remix) / TigerTiger (Feel Good For A While) 1993
Chains (Remix) / Shake Your Groove Thing / At Midnight 1995

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Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble

Dee Dee Sharp (born Dione LaRue, September 9, 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961. In 1962 she began a string of successful Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits: "Slow Twistin'" (with Chubby Checker) (#3) for which she was ncredited on the label, "Mashed Potato Time" (#2), "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)" (#9), "Ride" (#5) and "Do the Bird" (#10). Both "Mashed Potato Time" and "Ride" each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. "Do the Bird" provided her only entry in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #46 in April 1963. In 1967, she married record producer Kenny Gamble and has since recorded under the name Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble. She had a brief career resurgence during the disco era and hit the charts again with her version of 10 CC's "I'm Not In Love." She also joined Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays and Archie Bell) as a member of the Philadelphia International All Stars, who had a minor hit with "Let's Clean Up the Ghetto." The couple later divorced in 1980 and  In 1980 she spent four weeks at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Breaking and Entering" / "Easy Money," from her album Dee Dee. More recent appearances included a performance at Pontins in the UK for the Northern Soul Show, and at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival. Sharp and her husband Bill Witherspoon have been residents of Medford, New Jersey. On November 9, 2013, the prestigious Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Sharp by the Artists Music Guild.

Top Hit Singles
With Chubby Checker - Slow Twistin' 1962
Ride! / Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) 1962
Mashed Potato Time / Set My Heart At Ease 1962
The Loco-Motion / Baby Cakes / The Night 1962
Wild! / Why Doncha Ask Me? 1963
Do The Bird / Lover Boy / You'll never Be Mine1963
Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love / Tell Him 1963
Stay / It's A Funny Situation 1963
Where Did I Go Wrong / Willyam Willyam 1964
Never Pick A Pretty Boy / He's No Ordinary Guy 1964
Deep Dark Secret / Good 1964
I Really Love You / Standing In The Need Of Love 1965
Let's Twine / (That's What) My Mama Said 1965
To Know Him Is To Love Him / There Ain't Nothin' I Wouldn't Do For You 1965
My Best Friend's Man /  Bye Bye Baby 1966
What Am I Gonna Do / (It's Wonderful) The Love I Feel For You 1967
What Kind Of Lady / You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone) 1968
With Ben E. King - What'cha Gonna Do About It / We Got A Thing Going On 1968
Help Me Find My Groove / This Love Won't Run Out 1968
The Bottle Or Me / You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone) 1969
With Bunny Sigler - Conquer The World / We Got A Thing Going On 1971
Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing / Touch My Life / Share My Love 1974
I'm Not In Love / Make It Till Tomorrow 1975
You're Just A Fool In Love / A Woman Will Do Wrong 1976
Nobody Could Take Your Place / Flashback 1977
I Wanna Be Your Woman / Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again 1977
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight / What Color Is Love 1977
Just As Long As I Know You're Mine / I Believe In Love 1978
Breaking And Entering / Easy Money / I Love You Anyway 1980
Mashed Potato Time / Do The Bird 1986(Re)

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Trammps, The

The Trammps was an American disco and soul band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands. The history of the Trammps grew from the 1960s group, the Volcanos, who later became the Moods. With a number of line-up changes by the early 1970s, the band membership included gospel-influenced lead singer, Jimmy Ellis, drummer and bass singer, Earl Young, with brothers, Stanley and Harold 'Doc' Wade. Members of the Philadelphia recording band, MFSB played with the group on records and on tour in the 70s with singer, Robert Upchurch joining later. Their debut chart entry came via an upbeat cover version of the standard, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", which became a Top 20 US R&B chart hit in 1972. Their single "Disco Inferno" (1976), which was included on the Grammy Award winning Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1978. Other major hits included "Hold Back the Night" (1975) (UK #5) and "That's Where the Happy People Go" (1976). In late 1977, the Trammps released the song "The Night the Lights Went Out". On September 19, 2005, the group's "Disco Inferno" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. On March 8, 2012, lead singer Jimmy Ellis died at a nursing home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at the age of 74. Two versions of the group, with differing line-ups, currently tour the nostalgia circuit. Earl Young's Trammps still continue to record and as at August 2014 have recently released ''Get your lovin while you can'', written by the Steals brothers renowned for their Philly hits such as ''Could it be I'm falling in love'' for The Detroit Spinners.

Top Hit Singles
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart / Sixty Minute Man 1972
Pray All You Sinners / Love Epidemic 1973
Where Do We Go from Here / Trusting Heart 1974
Shout / Stop and Think 1975
Hooked for Life / Hold Back the Night 1975
That's Where the Happy People Go / Disco Party 1976
Disco Inferno / Soul Searchin' Time 1976
I Feel Like I've Been Livin' (On the Dark Side of the Moon) 1977
The Night the Lights Went Out 1977
Seasons for Girls / Soul Bones 1978
Teaser / Hard Rock and Disco 1979
Music Freek / Looking for You 1980
Breathtaking View 1981
Shout / Do It Again 1981
Up on the Hill (Mt. U) / Move 1983
Twenty-Five Miles / I Will Be Here for You 1984
Let's Go Crazy 1986
Hold Back the Night 1988
Hold Back the Night (with KWS) 1992
Joey Negro Feat. The Trammps & Sunburst Band - Universe Of Love / Big Blow  2003
Lights Went Out (Joe Claussell Remixes) 2004
Get Your Lovin While You Can 2014

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Dschinghis Khan

Dschinghis Khan is a German (former West Germany) pop band originally formed in 1979 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. The group's name was taken from the title of their song, "Dschinghis Khan", which was written and produced by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger. Dschinghis Khan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 celebrated in Israel, achieving the 4th place. In Australia in 1980, their single Moscow (the English-language version of their song Moskau) topped the charts and remained No.1 for six weeks. Appearing at the height of the disco boom and following on the heels of other German-produced bands such as Boney M, Arabesque, and Silver Convention, the band achieved wide popularity throughout the world, especially in Europe, Russia, and Japan, though they went wholly unnoticed in the United States. The original members of the group were: Steve Bender, Wolfgang Heichel, Henriette Heichel, Leslie Mándoki, Edina Pop, Louis Hendrik Potgieter. Though the group broke up in the mid-1980s, it has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity on the internet due to a video of them peforming their hit song Moskau being discovered. 1986 saw a brief reunion as Dschinghis Khan Family. Henriette Heichel (vocals), Leslie Mandoki (drums) and Louis Potgieter (keyboards) only remained of the original lineup. They went again to a national qualifying round of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Wir gehör'n zusammen. A respectable 2nd place was the only highlight in the short history of this band. In 1988, Leslie Mándoki and Éva Csepregi, the vocalist of Hungarian pop group Neoton Familia sang the song "Korea" on the opening of the Summer Olympics in Seoul. The producer of the group Dschinghis Khan Heinz Gross said that in the 1980s the band was forbidden in the USSR and was accused of anti-Communism and nationalism. The band re-formed in late 2005. Dancer and front man Louis Potgieter, died of AIDS in 1993, while singer Steve Bender (real name: Karl-Heinz Bender) succumbed to cancer in 2006.

Top Hit Singles
Hadschi Halef Omar / Komm Doch Heim 1979
Dschinghis Khan / Sahara 1979
Moskau / Rocking Son Of Genghis Khan 1979
Samurai / China Boy 1980
Rom / Machu Picchu 1980
Pistolero / Sierra Nevada / Loreley 1981
Wir Sitzen Alle Im Selben Boot 1981
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor / Michael 1981
Klabautermann / Mata Hari / Rome1982
Der Dudelmoser (Auf Der Alm, Da Gibt's Koa Sünd) 1982
Corrida / Himalaja 1983
Rose Four María Magdalena / Olé, Olé 1984
Mexico / Rund Um Die Welt 1985
Wir Gehör'n Zusammen 1986
Give Me A Sign / Dschinghis Khan Vol.1(Family) 1986
Can't Stop Now / Fang Mich Auf 1986
Korea(Leslie Mándoki and Éva Csepregi) 1988
Huh, Hah Dschinghis Khan (Super Power Medley Mix) 1993
Die Originale 1993
The Story Of Dschinghis Khan Remix '99
The Story Of Dschinghis Khan Part II '99
Moskau '99
Dschinghis Khan 2000
Temudschin(CDr, Single, Promo) 2007
Dschinghis Khan Tartar Mix by Berryz Kobo 2008
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C. C. Catch

C. C. Catch (born Caroline Catherine Müller, 31 July 1964 in Oss, Netherlands) is a Dutch-born German pop singer, best known for her collaboration with Dieter Bohlen in the 1980s. C.C. Catch was born in the Netherlands and moved to Germany in the 1970s with her family. She was supported by her parents from an early age, when they recognized her talent and encouraged her wish to be a famous singer. Her father was especially supportive and has played a very important role in her successful career as her manager and tour-manager. From an early age she was originally a member of a German girl group called ''Optimal'', It was during one of the performances in Hamburg, Germany, that she was discovered by the German songwriter and  member of Modern Talking, Dieter Bohlen. She and Bohlen decided on the artist name of C.C. Catch, the two "C"'s standing for the first initials of her two first names, and "Catch" which she thought was a good idea and looked great with the initials. In the summer of 1985, the song "I Can Lose My Heart Tonight" was released as her debut single. The single entered the Top-20 in some European countries including Germany and Switzerland. Dieter Bohlen and C.C. Catch worked together until 1989 during which time 12 singles and four albums were released. Eight of those singles entered the Top-20, whereas, one of the albums entered the Top-10. C.C. Catch wanted to have more personal input in the songs, but Bohlen would not allow this, so she decided in 1989 not to renew her contract with him. C.C. Catch met Simon Napier Bell (ex-manager of Wham!'s George Michael). Bell was very interested in working with her and shortly thereafter became her manager. A new album, Hear What I Say, was prepared with new producers, including Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran), Dave Clayton (who has worked with George Michael and U2), and Jo Dworniak. In 1998, she reentered the music scene. She agreed to do some promotional work for BMG for a new compilation Best Of '98. Two singles were also released, "C.C. Catch Megamix ‘98" and "I Can Lose My Heart Tonight '98". In 2003, she went back to live in Germany and recorded her single "Shake Your Head 2003". The single is a re-working of the Was (Not Was) track, originally featuring vocals from Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Basinger.

Top Hit Singles
I Can Lose My Heart Tonight 1985
Strangers By Night 1986
Heartbreak Hotel 1986
'Cause You Are Young 1986
Heaven And Hell  1986
You Shot A Hole In My Soul 1986
Are You Man Enough 1986
Soul Survivor 1986
House Of Mystic Lights (Long Version Dance Mix) 1988
Good Guys Only Win In Movies 1988
Backseat Of Your Cadillac 1988
Summer Kisses 1988
Midnight Hour 1989
Baby I Need Your Love 1989
Nothing But A Heartache 1989
Big Time 1989
I Can Lose My Heart Tonight '98
Krayzee Feat. C.C. Catch - Megamix '98
Soul Survivor '98
Shake Your Head 2003
C.C.Catch Feat. Leela - Silence 2004
Unborn Love 2010
Another Night in Nashville(with Chris Norman) 2014

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Chaz Jankel

Charles Jeremy Jankel (born 16 April 1952, Stanmore, England) professionally known as Chaz Jankel, is a musician best known as the keyboard player and guitarist with Ian Dury and The Blockheads. He was co-writer with Dury of the band's best-known songs during its commercial peak in the late 1970s. Jankel was responsible for much of the funk influence in the Blockheads' music; his fondness for it is also evident in his solo career. As a member of the group Jonathan Kelly's Outside, Jankel helped record the album ...Waiting on You released in early 1974. First hooking up with Dury as part of the pub group Kilburn and the High- Roads in the early part of the 1970s, Jankel was asked by Dury to join his new outfit, and appeared on such Dury releases as 1977's New Boots and Panties!! and Blockheads releases such as 1979's Do It Yourself, before leaving the group. But in 1981, Jankel teamed up once more with Dury (sans the Blockheads), for the release Lord Upminster, which spawned the U.S. Top 40 dance hit "Spasticus Autisticus". But by this time, Jankel had become more interested in pursuing a solo career and he issued several releases for A&M such as 1980s self-titled debut, 1981's Chasanova and Questionnaire (the latter of which contained the U.S. dance hit "Glad to Know You," a collaboration with Dury, plus the MTV video hit of the title track). Jankel hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982 with the triple A-side "Glad to Know You"/"3,000,000 Synths"/"Ai No Corrida". His single "Number One" was went to #1 in the clubs in France and was used in the 1985 movie Real Genius. Jankel returned to the Blockheads after his solo career in America, and worked with Dury on his final two albums (Mr. Love Pants, Ten More Turnips From The Tip). Jankel continues to perform and write with the Blockheads today, after Dury's death in 2000.

Top Hit Singles
Ian Dury And The Blockheads And Jankel And Jenner And Latham - What A Waste! 1978
Ai No Corrida 1980
109 / 3,000,000 Synths 1981
Glad To Know You 1981
Questionnaire / 109 (Give Me Something I Can Remember) 1981
A Nova Chas / The Rhythm Of The Jungle 1981
Am I Honest With Myself Really? / Lenta Latina 1981
Without You 1982
I Can Get Over It (If You Can Get Over Here) 1983
No. 1 / Looking At You 1985
With Brenda Jones - You're My Occupation 1986
Nicaragua 1988
With Kotey Extra Band  - Sooner Or Later 2007
Too Woo Lady Kong 2007
Get Yourself Together 2008
With DJD Featuring Angie Brown - Into The Night 2008
The Undiscovered Remixes EP 2009
With Natalia Scott - I Come Alive 2009

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Al Downing

Al Downing (January 9, 1940-July 4, 2005), later known as Big Al Downing, was an entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Downing began his career doing piano and vocals in Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats, who were an early backing band for country entertainer Wanda Jackson. His piano contributed to the single "Let’s Have A Party", which was released in 1960. Downing reached the U.S. Hot 100 with "You’ll Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)", a duet with Little Esther Phillips. In 1974, Downing recorded the single, "I'll Be Holdin' On", which went to number one on the U.S. Disco charts for three weeks. In addition, "I'll Be Holding On" was a hit in Europe. On the other US charts, the single went to #31 on the soul chart and #85 on the Hot 100. Al Downing's popularity continued to grow, and he had several hits on the country charts between 1978 and 1989. In 1978, "Mr. Jones" reached the Top 20, followed by "Touch Me (I'll Be Your Fool Once More)" in 1979. In 1982, "I'll Be Loving You" reached the Top 50. The popular entertainer Fats Domino recorded two songs written by Downing: "Mary, Oh Mary" and "Heartbreak Hill". Bobby "Blue" Bland and Tom Jones have also recorded Downing's songs. Downing built a five-decade career around his powerful singing voice and his hard-driving rockabilly-style piano. In 2005, Downing postponed plans for a European tour that was set to begin on July 1 in Austria. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Soon after, he commenced hemotherapy treatment. Downing died on July 4, 2005.

Top Hit Singles
With The Poe Kats - Oh! Babe / Down On The Farm 1958
It Must Be Love 1959
If I Had Our Love To Live Over / Words Of Love 1960
The Story Of My Life / I'd Love To Be Loved 1962
Mr. Hurt Walked In 1963
I Feel Good / Georgia Slop 1964
Cornbread Row / The Saints 1969
Bring Your Good Lovin' Home 1973
I'll Be Holding On / Hands 1974
Gimme Some Lovin' / The Whole World's Gone Funky 1975
I Love To Love / I'm Just Nobody 1976
Mr. Jones 1978
Touch Me (I'll Be Your Fool Once More) 1979
Darlene / Love Was Right Here 1982
It Takes Love / If You're Leaving 1983
There'll Never Be A Better Night For Bein' Wrong 1984
Just One Night Won't Do 1987
Down On The Farm With Big Al Downing 1988

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Walter Murphy

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He rose to fame with the hit instrumental "A Fifth of Beethoven", a disco adaptation of passages from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, in 1976, when disco was rising in popularity. In a career spanning nearly four decades, Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows. In 1974, Murphy was writing a disco song for a commercial, when the producer gave him the idea of "updating classical music," which "nobody had done lately." He then mailed a demo tape to various record labels in New York. Although response was unimpressive, a rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony generated interest amongst the owner of Private Stock Rec, Larry Uttal. Murphy agreed to produce the song under contract and recorded it in 1976, creatively dubbing it "A Fifth of Beethoven". The record was credited to "Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band". However, two days following the record's release, Private Stock discovered the existence of another Big Apple Band (which promptly changed its name to Chic); the record was later re-released and credited to "The Walter Murphy Band", then just "Walter Murphy". The recording was a smash hit, and reached number 80 on the Hot 100 on May 29, 1976, eventually reaching number 1 within 19 weeks, where it stayed for one week. An album under the same name was released later during the year; the album notably featured a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" entitled "Flight '76", which reached number 44 on the Hot 100. Murphy's next release was the album Rhapsody in Blue in 1977. Two singles were released: one was a disco version of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", while another was an original composition called "Uptown Serenade." A 12" single of "Gentle Explosion" (from Murphy's album Phantom of the Opera), failed to make the club or radio charts in 1978. In 1979 produced one more 12" single, "Mostly Mozart", which proved that Murphy had taken this concept as far as it could go. His last chart entry and final single was in 1982, with a medley of "Themes from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)," which climbed to number 47 on the Hot 100.

Top Hit Singles
A Fifth Of Beethoven 1977
Rhapsody In Blue 1977
Fish Legs 1977
Flight '76 1977
Midnight Express 1977
Uptown Serenade 1977
Could It Be The Music 1977
Gentle Explosion 1978
Dance Your Face Off 1978
Toccata And Funk In 'D' Minor 1978
The Music Will Not End 1978
Mostly Mozart 1979
Classical Dancin' 1979
Bolero 1979
Themes From E.T.(The Extra Terrestrial) 1982

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Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Marianne Elliman(born December 29, 1951) is an American singer who performed for four years in the first cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. She scored a number of hits in the 1970s and achieved a US #1 hit with "If I Can't Have You". Elliman was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She played in the high-school band and after graduation she moved to London. Elliman's singing career began in 1969 in London where she performed at various bars and clubs. She had her first hit single in 1971 with the ballad "I Don't Know How to Love Him", from Jesus Christ Superstar. Aged 19, she married Bill Oakes(who worked with Robert Stigwood as President of RSO Records) soon after, and was asked to sing backing vocals on Eric Clapton's version of the Bob Marley song "I Shot the Sheriff" in 1974. In 1977, the Bee Gees were working on Saturday Night Fever and wrote "How Deep Is Your Love" for her, but Stigwood wanted the Bee Gees to perform it. Instead, she sang "If I Can't Have You". The song was a big hit, rising to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; It is generally considered the high point of her recording career. A few minor Top 40 hits followed in 1979. Shortly thereafter she decided to dedicate herself to her two children. After a considerable hiatus, Elliman reappeared on the music scene. An album titled Simple Needs, with all songs written by Elliman, was released in 2004 and re-released globally in 2007. She also performed on a PBS special on 70s soul music in 2004, singing "If I Can't Have You".

Top Hit Singles
I Don't Know How To Love Him / Superstar 1971
Everything's Alright / Heaven On Their Minds 1971
Could We Start Again Please?(with Michael Jason) 1972
I Can't Explain 1973
Willie And The Hand Jive / Let It Grow(with Eric Clapton) 1974
Walk Right In / From The Inside 1975
The Best Of My Love / Love Me 1976
I Can't Get You Outa My Mind / Hello Stranger 1977
If I Can't Have You 1977
Savannah / Moment By Moment 1978
Love Pains 1979
Simple Needs / Slippery Slide 2004

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Black Box

Black Box was an Italian house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The members of the group included a trio made up of a club DJ (Daniele Davoli), a classically trained clarinet teacher (Valerio Semplici), and a keyboard and electronic music "wiz" (Mirko Limoni). The three created an image for the Black Box act using French fashion model Katrin Quinol as its album/ singles cover art and supposed lead singer in all of the group's music videos. Davoli, Semplici, and Limoni had previously formed a group called Groove Groove Melody, producing dance music under names such as Starlight (who had a UK Top 10 hit in August 1989 with "Numero Uno") and Wood Allen. They went on to record music under many other aliases, most notably the alias Mixmaster, which scored a UK #9 hit in November 1989 with the song "Grand Piano". In 1989, the trio teamed up with French Caribbean model Katrin Quinol (b. Catherine Quinol) and formed the group Black Box. Quinol did not contribute musically to any of the tracks on the album, and was considered the group's "image", and lip-synched the songs in TV performances and music videos. The first single "Ride on Time" was an international hit, making Top 10 in many countries and No. 1 in the UK, soon becoming the UK's best-selling single of 1989. The song heavily sampled "Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway, a 1980 disco hit. The Black Box title is derived from the lyrics "Cause you're right on time". In 1993, the group returned with the single "Rockin' To The Music", dismissing Quinol as the group's image and using American singer Charvoni Woodson as lead vocalist and image, but failed to emulate their previous success. In America,they are best remembered for their early '90s singles, "Everybody Everybody", "I Don't Know Anybody Else", and "Strike It Up", their biggest hit in the United States, where all three of their hits are still heard on rhythmic radio and in clubs on a fairly regular basis to this day. Black Box remain one of the few piano-house groups to achieve mainstream success in the USA.

Top Hit Singles
Ride On Time 1989
Black Box + Lelewel - Ride On Time Mix With Magic Atto II 1989
I Don't Know Anybody Else 1989
Everybody Everybody 1990
Get Down / Bright On Time 1990
Fantasy / Ride On Me 1990
Strike It Up 1990
Open Your Eyes 1991
Hold On 1992
Rockin' To The Music 1993
Not Anyone 1994
A Positive Vibration 1995
I Got The Vibration 1996
Native New Yorker 1996
Fall Into My Love 1997
Black Box Feat. Loleatta Holloway - Ride On Time 20th 2009
Hot Since 82 Feat. Black Box - Somebody Everybody 2014

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M People

M People are an English dance music band which formed in 1990. The name M People is from the initials of Mike Pickering(born 24 February 1958- keyboards, programming), who formed the group. Pickering had been a member of Factory Records dance act Quando-Quango, but became more noted as one of the original DJs at The Haçienda. Paul Heard(born 5 October 1960-keyboards, programming) was a member of acid jazz band Ace of Clubs and Shovell (member from 1992 born Andrew Lovell, 11 February 1969- percussion) had previously been in the collective Natural Life. The original plan had been to have a roster of different singers for different songs but having been spotted by Pickering and Heard, Heather Small(born 20 January 1965) became the distinctive vocalist of the group. She had been in the English Soul band Hot House. Their first release came in the form of "Colour My Life", a limited white label pressing which got them some recognition, but it was the first official single "How Can I Love You More?" that gave them their first Top 30 hit and a following in and around the Manchester club scene, where Pickering was still DJ-ing. Their first album, Northern Soul, provided other singles, including a full release of "Colour My Life", "Someday" and "Excited", followed by a re-release and repackaging of the album. 1993 started with the re-released and remixed single from 1991's "How Can I Love You More?". In 1994 and 1995 M People won the BRIT Award for Best British Dance Act, the latter as a result of the release of Bizarre Fruit. In the United States, their biggest success was on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where they achieved five Top 5 singles, four of which hit number one. In March 1997, lead singer Heather Small gave birth to her son. During the summer of 1998 the band prepared for their fifth album, a compilation entitled The Best of M People and the band took an extended hiatus. Heather Small recorded a successful solo album: Proud. In 2012, as part of a series of Summer Concerts in Kew Gardens from 3–8 July.

Top Hit Singles
How Can I Love You More? / Colour My Life 1991
Excited /  Someday 1992
One Night In Heaven / Don't Look Any Further 1993
Moving On Up / Sight For Sore Eyes 1993
Renaissance 1994
Open Your Heart 1995
Search For The Hero / Padlock 1995
Itchycoo Park / Love Rendezvous 1995
Fantasy Island / Just For You 1997
Angel Street / Testify 1998
The Best Of M People (Remixed 1) 1992
The Best Of M People (Remixed 2) 1992
Dreaming 1999

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Fantastique (from French: fantasy) is a disco group from the city of Haarlem, in the west of the Netherlands. They had a couple of hits in the early 80s. They are a pop music duo of  "typical Dutchmen": round-faced Dick Dam and blue-eyed Astrid Leuwener. It was formed by famous Dutch producers' team Cat Music (Geertjan J. Hessing, Aart Mol, Elmer F. Veerhoff, Erwin van Prehn, Cees R. Bergman) well-known till 1979 as glam rock/ teenybopper band Catapult and then also as The Monotones. These "Ottawan-like" electronic dance tracks they wrote for Fantastique ("Mama Told Me", "Costa Blanca", etc.) topped charts in many countries in the early 80s; in October 1981 on Dutch Top 40 singles chart its highest number was 5. There are a lot of remixes of "Mama Told Me" issued long after Fantastique drifted into oblivion, even it was used as a part of soundtrack of Dutch movie I am Joep Meloen (Dutch: Ik Ben Joep Meloen, 1981). The vocals were actually done by Marian Pijnaker and Cor van der Hoogt.

Top Hit Singles
Mama Told Me 1981
Costa Blanca 1982
Moi Et Toi 1982
Your Hand In My Hand 1982
Maria No Mas 1982
Musica Fantastica 1982
Everybody Loves The Sunshine 1983

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Bill Withers

William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr.(born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded a number of major hits including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day" and "Grandma's Hands". His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. Withers was born the youngest of thirteen children in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. Raised in nearby Beckley, West Virginia, he was thirteen years old when his father died. Withers enlisted with the United States Navy at the age of eighteen and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs. Discharged from the Navy in 1965, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1967 for a musical career. During early 1970, Withers' demonstration tape was auditioned favorably by Clarence Avant, owner of Sussex Records. Avant signed Withers to a record deal and assigned former Stax Records stalwart Booker T. Jones to produce Withers' first album. Four three-hour studio sessions were planned to record the album, but funding caused the album to be recorded in three sessions with a six-month break between the second and final sessions. Just as I Am was released in 1971 with the tracks, "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands" as singles. The album features Stephen Stills playing lead guitar. At the 14th annual Grammy Awards on Tuesday, March 14, 1972, Withers won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Ain't No Sunshine." The track had already sold over one million copies and was awarded a platinum disc by the RIAA in September 1971. In 1987, he received his ninth Grammy Award nomination and on March 2, 1988, his third Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song as songwriter for the re-recording of "Lean On Me" by Club Nouveau on their debut album Life, Love and Pain, released in 1986. In 2007, "Lean On Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2015, he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222. The couple divorced the following year. In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson and they had two children, Todd and Kori. Marcia eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills-based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults.

Grammy Award:
-1971-Best Rhythm & Blues Song-"Ain't No Sunshine"
-1981-Best Rhythm & Blues Song-"Just the Two of Us" (Shared with songwriters Ralph MacDonald and William Salter)
-1987-Best Rhythm & Blues Song-"Lean On Me" (as covered by Club Nouveau)
NAACP Image Awards
-1972-Male Singer of the Year

Top Hit Singles
Three Nights And A Morning 1967
Harlem / Use Me / Ain't No Sunshine 1971
Grandma's Hands / Sweet Wanomi1971
The Gift Of Giving / Let Us Love 1972
Lean On Me / Kissing My Love 1972
Lonely Town, Lonely Street 1973
Friend Of Mine / I Don't Know 1973
The Same Love That Made Me Laugh 1974
You / Stories / Heartbreak Road 1974
I Wish You Well / Hello Like Before 1975
Make Love to Your Mind 1975
Who Is He (And What Is He To You?) 1975
With Bobby Womack - It's All Over Now / Doing It My Way 1975
Close To Me / Family Table 1976
If I Didn't Mean You Well 1976
I Want To Spend The Night 1977
Lovely Night For Dancing / Lovely Day 1977
You Got The Stuff / Don't Make It Better 1978
With Grover Washington, Jr. - Just the Two of Us 1981
U.S.A. 1981
With Ralph MacDonald - In the Name of Love 1984
Something That Turns You On / You Try To Find A Love 1985
Oh Yeah! / We Could Be Sweet Lovers 1985
Ain't No Sunshine (Total Eclipse Mix) 1985
Harlem '89 (Street Mix) 1989
Ain't No Sunshine / Use Me (re-release) 2006
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Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford (born June 14, 1948, New York City) is an American R&B, disco and house music singer and actress, who scored hits from the 1970s to the 1980s, most notably "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Bridge over Troubled Water", "Runaway Love" and "Red Light". Clifford is a former Miss New York State, and fronted a jazz music trio before switching to R&B. After winning her title, Clifford started working as an actress, playing minor roles in major films such as The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, Coogan's Bluff with Clint Eastwood and Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. Unsatisfied with her roles, Clifford decided to concentrate on her singing career, performing for a year in Miami -area night clubs with the Jericho Jazz Singers, before forming her own group Linda & The Trade Winds. In 1973, she was signed to Paramount Records and her first single, "(It's Gonna Be) A Long Long Winter", became a minor hit on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart in the winter of 1974. She moved to Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records label in the mid 1970s. 1977 saw the release of her first album, Linda, but it was her dance cover of "If My Friends Could See Me Now" in 1978 that she had club and pop chart success with. It was her first number one on Billboard dance chart. Album of the same name became her most successful and included also "Runaway Love", a mid-tempo R&B track that proved to be one of her most recognizable tunes. In 1979 she released her disco version of "Bridge over Troubled Water" from the album Let Me Be Your Woman, followed by another record the same year, Here's My Love. In 1980 Linda released a duet album with Curtis Mayfield, The Right Combination, and recorded a song "Red Light" for the Fame soundtrack in 1980. It became another hit, reaching number one spot on American dance chart. (She would go on to have two more No. 1 disco hits in the USA: "Shoot Your Best Shot" (1980) and "Don't Come Crying to Me" (1982), which makes four in total.) In 2001, she secured her fourth UK Singles Chart entry with "Ride the Storm", billed as Akabu featuring Linda Clifford. Her most recent single, "Baby I'm Yours", was released in 2011.In 2012 renewed interest into Clifford's music surfaced when "I Just Wanna Wanna" a minor hit in 1979 was featured as the love theme in the Lee Daniels film The Paperboy.

Top Hit Singles
Love Is Not The Question 1972
(It's Gonna Be) A Long Long Winter 1973
After Loving You / Turn The Key Softly 1974
From Now On / You Can Do It 1974
Runaway Love / Broadway Gypsy Lady 1978
If My Friends Could See Me Now / You Are, You Are1978
I Just Wanna Wanna / Sweet Melodies 1979
Curtis Mayfield & Linda Clifford - Between You Baby And Me 1979
Don't Give It Up / Sweet Melodies 1979
Bridge Over Troubled Water 1979
Red Light / Ralph And Monty 1980
Shoot Your Best Shot 1980
Curtis Mayfield & Linda Clifford - Love's Sweet Sensation 1980
Don't Come Crying To Me 1981
Sneakin' Out / A Night With The Boys 1984
You're Mine / The Heat In Me 1985
If My Friends Could See Me Now(Remix) 1987
If You Want My Love To Last 1987
Whatcha Gonna Do 1995
From Now On 1998
Ralphi Rosario & Linda Clifford - Wanna Give It Up 1999
Romain & Danny Krivit Feat. Linda Clifford - Philly Groove 2000
Changin' 2000
Akabu Feat. Linda Clifford - Ride The Storm 2001
Sunshine (J-Jay And Chris Lum Remixes) 2002
Going Back To My Roots 2002
Turned On To You 2003
How Long 2008
Baby I'm Yours 2011

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Evelyn "Champagne" King

Evelyn "Champagne" King (born July 1, 1960) is an American R&B, disco and post-disco singer. Some of her best-known songs are "Shame", "Love Come Down," and "I'm in Love". Evelyn King was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her uncle Avon Long had played the part of Sportin' Life in the first Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess and worked with Lena Horne at the Cotton Club. Her father sang back-up for groups at Harlem's Apollo Theater. She was discovered as a young woman while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as an office cleaner. Producer Theodore T. Life overheard her singing in a washroom and began coaching her. She was eventually signed to a production deal with Life's Galaxy Productions and a recording contract with RCA Records. King released her debut album, Smooth Talk, in 1977. The album included the song "Shame", which is her only top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The song also reached #7 R&B and #8 on the dance chart. The record was eventually certified gold. In 1982, King released the album, Get Loose. It yielded a top twenty pop and #1 R&B hit with the single, "Love Come Down". The song also peaked at #1 on the dance charts and reached the UK Singles Chart top ten, peaking at #7 for three weeks. On September 20, 2004, King's "Shame" became one of the first records to be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York's Spirit club. On August 14, 2007, King released her first studio album in 12 years, Open Book. It featured the single "The Dance," which peaked at #12 on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In 2011, King also collaborated with deep house DJ Miguel Migs, on the track "Everybody", which was included on his album Outside the Skyline. The single for "Everybody" was released on July 19, 2011.

Top Hit Singles
Shame / Dancin', Dancin', Dancin' 1977
I Don't Know If It's Right / Nobody Knows 1977
Out There / Make Up Your Mind / Music Box 1979
Let's Get Funky Tonight / I'm In Love 1980
The Other Side Of Love 1981
Spirit Of The Dancer / If You Want My Lovin' 1981
Back To Love / Love Come Down 1982
Betcha She Don't Love You / Get Loose 1982
Teenager / Tell Me Something Good 1983
Action / Let's Get Crazy / Shake Down / Get Loose 1983
I'm So Romantic / Out Of Control 1984
Till Midnight / Just For The Night 1984
Your Personal Touch / Slow Down / Give It Up 1985
Give Me One Reason / Don't It Feel Good 1985
High Horse / I Don't Know If It's Right 1986
Flirt / Hold On To What You've Got 1988
Kisses Don't Lie / Day To Day / I Think About You 1989
I'm In Love / Your Personal Touch 1989
Do Right / Love Come Down(Remix) / Shame(Remix) 1992
Altern 8 V's Evelyn King - Shame 1992
Divas Of Color Feat. Evelyn "Champagne" King - One More Time 1996
Evelyn "Champagne" King Vs Soul Seekerz - The Dance 2008
DJ Pierre Feat. Champagne - Sometimes I Feel (Remixed By From P60) 2010
Miguel Migs feat. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Everybody 2011
Champagne Featuring Shana Douglas - My Love Is Right 2011

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Oran "Juice" Jones

Oran "Juice" Jones (born March 28, 1957) is a retired American R&B singer. Jones was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981. He was the second African-American Brigade Commander in Naval Academy history. He served his commitment as a sniper officer in the United States Marine Corps until 1986. He was the first musician signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam. He was also the first R&B artist on the hip hop record label. His song "The Rain" became a hit in 1986, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in December that year. He followed it with "How to Love Again", a duet with labelmate Alyson Williams. Jones earned two Grammy nominations for "The Rain" and released two more albums, but failed to have significant follow-up success and left the music industry to tend to his terminally ill mother and raise his family. He helps his son Oran II, better known as Mookie, and his daughter, Perri Jones, with their music careers. In addition to producing and scoring music for commercials and independent movies, Jones also contributes to a number of hip hop blogs, including Houston's and Global Grind.

Top Hit Singles
Rock Your Body Down 1984
You Can't Hide From Love 1986
The Rain 1986
Curiosity 1986
1.2.1. 1986
Cold Spendin' My $ Money 1987
I Just Can't Say Goodbye 1987
Pipe Dreams 1989
To Be Immortal 1989
Shaniqua 1990
Oran 'Juice' Jones Feat. Stu Large & Camp Lo - Poppin That Fly... 1997
Oran 'Juice' Jones Feat. Stu Large - Players' Call 1997

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Luv' was a Dutch female pop trio that scored a string of hit records in Continental Europe(Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Denmark) as well as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico in the late 1970s and early 80s. This girl group consisted of Patty Brard, Jose Hoebee and Marga Scheide. In 1979, Luv' was "Holland's best export act" and thus received the "Conamus Export Prize". The band sold more than seven million records worldwide(singles and LPs). Among their greatest hits were: U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala), You're the Greatest Lover, Trojan Horse, Casanova and Ooh, Yes I Do.  The formation went through line-up changes and the original singers reunited several times. They had a hectic schedule between 2006 and 2008. They gave their final stage performance on August 11, 2012 in Spaarnwoude at the Dutch Valley Festival. Two members of the pop act have had a successful solo career in their homeland: Patty as a TV personality and Jose as a vocalist. In 1976, record producers, Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer, and manager Han Meijer, 20 years before the Spice Girls phenomenon, decided to form a girl group, inspired by the German disco trio Silver Convention. They had already recorded the music of a self-penned track (My Man) and were looking for singers. They recruited three women - José Hoebee, born on March 29, 1954 in Best. She started her career as a semi-professional vocalist in the early 1970s as a member of a folk & country band, Young Tradition, with her two sisters. This formation took part in talent shows, changed its name into Elongi and recorded a single produced by Piet Souer who suggested José to join Luv'. - Marga Scheide, born on February 15, 1954 in Amsterdam. She was involved in many beauty pageants and appeared on the covers of various artist hit compilations. - Patty Brard, from Sorong in New Guinea, born on March 25, 1955, who first worked as a secretary in the office of Hans van Hemert who offered her a career in the show business.

Top Hit Singles
Dream, Dream / Hang On / My Man 1977
You're The Greatest Lover / U.O.Me(You Owe Me) 1978
Trojan Horse / Who Do You Wanna Be 1978
Eeny Meeny Miny Moe / I.M.U.R. 1979
Ooh, Yes I Do / Casanova 1979
One More Little Kissy 1980
My Number One / Ann-Maria 1980
Girl Like Me / Tingalingaling 1981
Luv Hit-Medley / Luv' Hitpack 1981
Welcome To My Party / I Don't Wanna Be Lonely 1989
He's My Guy / Jungle Jive 1991
 Luv' And Guest Vocal Omar Dupree - The Last Song 1991
This Old Heart Of Mine 1992
Dance-Medley / Megamix 1993

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Freeez were a dance music group from London, known initially as one of the UK's main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s. Initiated by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and others such as Andy Stennet (keyboards), Peter Maas (bass guitar) and Paul Morgan or Everton Mcalla (drums). They had an international hit with "I.O.U.", and a UK Top 10 with "Southern Freeez". Freeez's first single, "Keep in Touch" (1980), included guitarist Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, the initiator of the musical band Incognito. Freeez is perhaps remembered best for its UK Top 10 song "Southern Freeez", from the album of the same name,which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. In the UK, the band was contracted with the recording company Beggars Banquet Records. The song "I.O.U.", written, produced and mixed by Arthur Baker (known then for his work with Afrika Bambaataa), was also used for the 1980s breakdance movie, Beat Street. It scored two weeks at number one in the Billboard Dance chart, scoring among songs by such people as Madonna, Michael Jackson and David Bowie, and was number 2 in the UK Singles Chart during the summer of 1983. It was followed by other releases from the album such as "Pop Goes My Love" / "Scratch Goes My Dub", which scored the U.S. Top 5. During 1987 a remix of "I.O.U." scored number 18 on the U.S. dance chart, plus number 23 in the UK Singles Chart. Freeez reformed during 1984 without Rocca, or any of the other original members, other than Peter Maas. Rocca and Stennet also recorded under other pseudo names such Pictures and Pink Rhythm during 1985. Later in 1993/94 Peter Maas and Paul Morgan took the Freeez format again and reformed as the Dazzling Urbanites adding Poly Koutrouzas (Vocals) and Max Rutherford (Guitars) to the lineup. Late 2011 saw the first ever CD release of their 1980 debut album Southern Freeez. Their second album Gonna Get You has also been reissued in the same way.

Top Hit Singles
Keep In Touch 1980
Stay / Hot Footing It 1980
Anti-Freeez(Set Me Free) 1981
Southern Freeez 1981
Flying High / Mountain Man 1981
One To One(Reshaped Remodelled) / Alone 1982
Love's Gonna Get You 1983
Pop Goes My Love 1983
Scratch Goes My Dub 1983
That Beats My Patience 1984
Train Of Thoughts 1984
I.O.U. 1983
Gonna Get You Megamix 1983
I Want It To Be Real 1987
I.O.U.(Remix) / Southern Freeez(Remix) 1990

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Teena Marie

Teena Marie real name is Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956-December 26, 2010). was an American singer, songwriter, and producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie; she later acquired the nickname of Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick James. She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals, which initially caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her ethnic heritage was Portuguese, Italian, Irish, and Native American. She took to singing naturally, performing Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song by age two. In 1976 debut album was released, Wild and Peaceful. The album was, at one point, due to be credited to "Teena Tryson", but ultimately was put out under "Teena Marie", the name by which she would be known throughout her career. It scored Teena Marie her first top-ten R&B hit, "I'm a Sucker for Your Love" (#8 Black Singles Chart) a duet with Rick James. In 1980, her second album, Lady T, would have her portrait on the cover upon its release. Also in 1980, Teena Marie released her third LP, Irons in the Fire, for which she handled all writing and production herself. Teena Marie continued her success 1981, with the release of It Must Be Magic (#2 Black Albums Chart), her first gold record. In 1984, Teena Marie released her biggest-selling album, Starchild. It yielded her biggest hit "Lovergirl", which peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1985. Teena Marie never married. She gave birth to a daughter named Alia Rose in 1991. In 2004, while Teena Marie was sleeping in a hotel room, a large picture frame fell and struck her on the head. The blow caused a serious concussion that would result in momentary seizures for the rest of her life. On the afternoon of December 26, 2010, Teena Marie was found unresponsive by her daughter Alia Rose at her home in Pasadena, California.

Top Hit Singles
I'm A Sucker For Your Love / Don't Look Back 1979
Lonely Desire / I Need Your Lovin' 1980
Behind The Groove / Can It Be Love 1980
Young Love / First Class Love 1980
Portuguese Love / Square Biz 1981
It Must Be Magic / Yes Indeed 1981
Fire and Desire(with Rick James) 1981
Dear Lover / Fix It / Midnight Magnet 1983
Lovergirl / Jammin 1984
14K / Out On A Limb 1984
Lips To Find You / Lead Me On / Love Me Down Easy 1985
Work It / Surrealistic Pillow / Ooo La La La 1988
Bad Boy / Here's Looking At You 1989
If I Were A Bell / Since Day One 1990
Just Us Two 1991
Warm As Mommas Oven / Passion Play 1994
Baby Do You Feel Me?(with Danny Tenaglia) 1998
Afu-Ra Feat. Teena Marie - Open 2002
Still In Love / A Rose By Any Other Name 2004
Ooh Wee 2006
Baby I Love You / Can't Last A Day(feet. Faith Evans) 2009
Luv Letter 2012
I Need Your Lovin'(John Morales M+M Mix Edit) 2013

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Barry White

Barry White (born Barry Eugene Carter; in Galveston, Texas, September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe". During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Barry White grew up in the high-crime areas of South Central Los Angeles. White was the oldest of two brothers; his brother Darryl was 13 months younger. He grew up listening to his mother's classical music collection, and first took to the piano emulating what he heard on the records. His introduction to music led to him playing piano on Jesse Belvin's 1956 hit single, "Goodnight My Love." His brother Darryl was murdered in a clash with a rival gang, and White himself was jailed - at the age of 17 - for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires. While in jail, White listened to Elvis Presley singing "It's Now or Never" on the radio an experience he later credited with changing the course of his life. After his release from jail, he left gang life and began a musical career at the beginning of the 1960s in singing groups. He first released "Too Far to Turn Around" in 1960 as part of  The Upfronts. He also recorded several singles under his own name in the early 1960s, backed by vocal groups the Atlantics and the Majestics. Bob Keane of Del-Fi Records-the man who discovered Ritchie Valens-hired him as an A&R man in the mid-1960s, and White started working with the label's artists including Viola Wills and The Bobby Fuller Four, as a songwriter, session musician, and arranger. He discovered singer Felice Taylor and arranged her song "I Feel Love Comin' On", as well as "Harlem Shuffle" for Bob & Earl. Both records became big hits in the UK. In 1972, he got his big break producing a girl group he had discovered called Love Unlimited.

Top Hit Singles
Strange World / Angel of Love / Tracy (All I Have Is You) 1963
Man Ain't Nothin' / All in the Run of a Day 1967
In the Ghetto 1970
I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby / I've Got So Much to Give 1973
Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up / Honey Please, Can't Ya See 1973
Bring Back My Yesterday / Love's Theme(with Love Unlimited) 1973
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe / Hard To Believe That I Found You 1974
You're the First, the Last, My Everything 1974
Rhapsody In White / What A Groove(with The Love Unlimited Orchestra) 1974
What Am I Gonna Do with You / Let the Music Play 1975
I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To 1975
You See the Trouble with Me / Don't Make Me Wait Too Long 1976
Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together / Satin Soul 1976
Now I'm Gonna Make Love To You 1976
I'm Qualified to Satisfy You / Playing Your Game, Baby 1977
It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me / Oh What a Night for Dancing 1977
The Love Unlimited Orchestra Conducted by Barry White - Theme From King Kong 1977
Just the Way You Are / Your Sweetness Is My Weakness 1978
September When I First Met You 1978
Sha La La Means I Love You / Any Fool Can See (You Were Meant for Me) 1979
It Ain't Love, Babe (Until You Give It) / I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing 1979
How Did You Know It Was Me? / Oh Me Oh My (I'm Such A Lucky Guy) 1979
I Found Love / Love Ain't Easy 1979
Sheet Music / Rum And Coke (Rum And Coca-Cola) 1980
Love Makin' Music / I Believe in Love 1980
Didn't We Make It Happen, Baby (with Glodean White) 1981
Rio De Janeiro / Mi Nueva Cancion 1981
You're the Only One for Me (with Glodean White) / Beware 1981
I Want You (with Glodean White) / Louie Louie 1981
In Brazil / Goodbye Concerto 1982
Change / Passion / America 1982
Don't Let Them Blow Your Mind / Life 1983
Sho' You Right / For Your Love (I'll Do Most Anything) 1987
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Paul Hardcastle Remix) / The Right Night  1988
Follow That and See (Where It Leads Y'All) 1989
Super Lover /  I Wanna Do It Good to Ya1989
When Will I See You Again 1990
The Secret Garden(Sweet Seduction Suite)(with Quincy Jones,Al B. Sure!,James Ingram,El DeBarge) 1990
All of Me (with Big Daddy Kane) 1991
Put Me in Your Mix / Volare 1991
Dark and Lovely (You Over There) (with Isaac Hayes) 1991
Lisa Stansfield & Barry White - All Around The World 1992
Love Forever / You're The Only One I Need 1993
Practice What You Preach 1994
Love Is The Icon (Roger Sanchez Mixes) / Come On 1995
I Only Want to Be with You / There It Is 1995
Slow Jams (with Quincy Jones,Babyface,Tamia & Portrait) 1996
In Your Wildest Dreams (with Tina Turner) 1996
Staying Power / Don't Play Games 1999
The Longer We Make Love (with Lisa Stansfield & Chaka Khan) 1999
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe (Remix 99 Inedit) 1999
Let the Music Play (Funkstar Deluxe Remixes) 2000

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Rockers Revenge

Rockers Revenge was a studio musical project, assembled by producer with arrangements and production by Arthur Baker.This project was musicians aided by Drums & Keyboards played by Frank Zarr, Percussion by Bashiri Johnson, Mixed by John "Jellybean" Benitez, Sound Engineering by Bob Blank and Recorded by Arthur Baker at Blank Tapes Studios. Distributed by Streewise Record Inc 1982. Its initial entry on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, "Walking on Sunshine" (an Eddy Grant composition and songwriter, featuring lead vocals by Donnie Calvin) hit #1 on the U.S. dance chart in 1982. The track reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1982. Follow-ups "The Harder They Come" (1983) and "Living for the Weekend" (1984) also charted. In 1988 a Rockers Revenge track ("Love Is on Our Side") appeared on Rough House Vol. 1, an early house music compilation album. In early 2005, "Walking on Sunshine" was re-released on the Gossip U.S. record label, featuring remixes by Hott 22 and Live Element. Another Rockers Revenge track called "Battle Cry" was featured in the movie Beat Street and its soundtrack album.

Top Hit Singles
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Sunshine Partytime 1982
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Dubbing in Sunshine 1982
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - The Harder They Come 1982
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Walking on Sunshine 1982
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - There Goes My Heart 1983
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin & Adrienne Johnson - Living For The Weekend(Let's Work)  1984
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Battle Cry 1984
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Love Is on Our Side 1988
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Walking On Sunshine 1990
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - The Harder They Come 1990
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Living For The Weekend 1991
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Sunshine Partytime 1991
Rockers Revenge Feat. Donnie Calvin - Dubbing In Sunshine 1991
Pete Heller vs Rockers Revenge - Sunshine Love 1999

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