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Dnice
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posted 03-09-2002 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dnice     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Posting on some of the other topics got me to thinking about the movie Car Wash which got me to thinking about Rose Royce, the group which performed many of the songs on the CW soundtrack. I wonder whatever happened to Rose Royce? I heard that the lead singer tried to go the solo route but didn't have success.

Some of my faves of theirs:

I'm Going Down
I Wanna Get Next to You
Ooo Boy
Wishing on a Star
Love Don't Live Here Anymore

What are some of your favorite "Whatever Happened To...?/One Hit Wonders"?

Deesha, blowing the dust off the RR Greatest Hits CD

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bams
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posted 03-09-2002 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bams   Click Here to Email bams     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dnice:
Posting on some of the other topics got me to thinking about the movie Car Wash which got me to thinking about Rose Royce, the group which performed many of the songs on the CW soundtrack. I wonder whatever happened to Rose Royce? I heard that the lead singer tried to go the solo route but didn't have success.

Aww man, now I have to watch Car Wash again just to hear that soundtrack!

Not a "one-hit wonder" in any way, but I've always wondered WEHT The Brothers Johnson? And while I'm thinking about it, where the heck is Anita "Mumbles Sweetly" Baker?

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The Diva
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posted 03-10-2002 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Diva   Click Here to Email The Diva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by bams:
Aww man, now I have to watch Car Wash again just to hear that soundtrack!

Not a "one-hit wonder" in any way, but I've always wondered WEHT The Brothers Johnson? And while I'm thinking about it, where the heck is Anita "Mumbles Sweetly" Baker?



After hearing "Q" I went looking for TBJ about 2 months ago.

They've been doing steady studio work. I found this site : http://www.bookingentertainment.com/roster_print.html

Maybe one day I'll be rich enough to book them for a birthday party. Them and Rose Royce

I heard Anita doing a commercial about 4 years back. I remember reading that she really disliked the business of the music business and really wanted to be a wife and mother.
I believe she has 2 little boys. But I read that about 7-10 years ago so she may have more.

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posted 03-10-2002 03:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bams   Click Here to Email bams     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by The Diva:

After hearing "Q" I went looking for TBJ about 2 months ago.

They've been doing steady studio work. I found this site : http://www.bookingentertainment.com/roster_print.html


Of course, it'll never happen...but could you imagine a SuperConcert featuring that first group of Classic R&B artists? Makes me drool just to think about it.

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dreamer
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posted 03-10-2002 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dreamer   Click Here to Email dreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dnice:
I wonder whatever happened to Rose Royce?

What are some of your favorite "Whatever Happened To...?/One Hit Wonders"?


Well, as a "One-Hit Wonder" (and trivia) nut let me offer the following:

Rose Royce originated as a Motown back-up band called Total Concept Unlimited. Singer Gwen Dickey came on when they left the label (with producer Norman Whitfield) around '75-'76. She sang on all the hits and left in '80. The band replaced her (a few times) and cut a couple more (unsuccessful) albums. I believe the band still tours (with a variety of singers), living off those few hits. Dickey's solo career didn't go anywhere but I think she did some session and commercial work for a while. She's probably singing in a lounge somewhere (unfortunately, without benefit of the "group" name that made her voice famous).

Here are some of my favorite "One-Hit Wonders" (I could list dozens more):

"Smiling Faces Sometimes" - The Undisputed Truth (a group backed by Total Concept Unlimited/Rose Royce)

"Oh Happy Day" - Edwin Hawkins Singers
"More Today Than Yesterday" - The Spiral Staircase
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam

"Venus" - Shocking Blue
"Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
"O-O-H Child" - The Five Stairsteps

"Tighter, Tighter" - Alive and Kicking
"5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)" - The Presidents
"Mr. Big Stuff" - Jean Knight
"Jungle Fever" - Chakachas
"Precious and Few" - Climax

"Why Can't We Live Together" - Timmy Thomas
"Pillow Talk" - Sylvia
"TSOP" - MFSB
"Doctor's Orders" - Carol Douglas

"Sad Sweet Dreamer" - Sweet Sensation (title from whence my "nickname" came from, on a whim in a nostalgic moment)

"Shame, Shame, Shame" - Shirley & Company
"Love Won't Let Me Wait" - Major Harris
"Rockin' Chair" - Gwen McRae (answer song to hubby George's "Rock Your Baby")

"Turn the Beat Around" - Vicki Sue Robinson
"Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (guilty pleasure)

"Got To Be Real" - Cheryl Lynn
"Knock On Wood" - Amii Stewart
"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward

"Pop Music" - M (guilty pleasure)
"Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc.
"Take Your Time (Do It Right) - S.O.S. Band

"Let It Whip" - Dazz Band
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell
"Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners

"Let The Music Play" - Shannon
"They Don't Know" - Tracy Ullman


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posted 03-10-2002 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bams   Click Here to Email bams     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dreamer:
Here are some of my favorite "One-Hit Wonders" (I could list dozens more):

"Oh Happy Day" - Edwin Hawkins Singers


???

Uh, I think you're mistaken here. Maybe they didn't have the specific name "Edwin Hawkins Singers", but the whole Hawkins franchise certainly negates their inclusion here.

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"Take Your Tine (Do It Right) - S.O.S. Band
"Let It Whip" - Dazz Band

I may be misremembering, but I thought both had more than one hit.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, though. I'm loving these threads.

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dreamer
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posted 03-10-2002 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dreamer   Click Here to Email dreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Uh, I think you're mistaken here. Maybe they didn't have the specific name "Edwin Hawkins Singers", but the whole Hawkins franchise certainly negates their inclusion here.

"Take Your Tine (Do It Right) - S.O.S. Band
"Let It Whip" - Dazz Band

I may be misremembering, but I thought both had more than one hit.


Understandable. But "One-Hit Wonder" generally pertains to a mainstream "hit" on the pop charts. The Edwin Hawkins Singers only had one "pop" hit (a rare enough feat for a gospel group -- they were the first, I believe) with that song in 1969 (peaked at #4). They also sang background on Melanie's "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)." A big hit in 1970.

Same with the other two. Though they may have been around and put out some other records, each only scored one Top 40 hit (both Top 5).

I guess you have to define "hit" as a record that reaches the broadest audience. Certainly there are successful acts in a variety of music forms that are not known to the general audience. A Top 40 "hit" generally signifies a breakthrough and a national impact (rather than just a solid smaller one) with a particular song (and not an album --- some artists have plenty of successful albums but no "hits").

But you're right, "obscure" acts are usually the "one-hit wonders" (but, occasionally, an act that's successful in a specialized genre will crossover to wider sales and radio play with one ear-catching tune).

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kandyman1028
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posted 03-11-2002 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kandyman1028   Click Here to Email kandyman1028     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dreamer:
Understandable. But "One-Hit Wonder" generally pertains to a mainstream "hit" on the pop charts.


Good point. The term can be somewhat misleading, because it implies a certain derogatory, "novelty" status, when in fact bands like "The SOS Band" and "The Dazz Band" were extremely prolific on the R&B charts, yet almost nonexistent on the Top-40 charts.

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onechick
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posted 03-11-2002 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onechick   Click Here to Email onechick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Dnice:
[B]

What are some of your favorite "Whatever Happened To...?/One Hit Wonders"?

GQ: "Sitting in the Park" "I Do Love You"

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dreamer
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posted 03-11-2002 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dreamer   Click Here to Email dreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by kandyman1028:
... when in fact bands like "The SOS Band" and "The Dazz Band" were extremely prolific on the R&B charts, yet almost nonexistent on the Top-40 charts.

No doubt.

This discussion piqued my curiosity. I knew the S.O.S. ("Sounds of Success") Band had a number of other tunes out there through the '80s (particularly "Just Be Good To Me," which did get mainstream play, but wasn't quite a "hit") but only one major smash. I decided to look through my voluminous reference material and try to find out just what the band's chart history was.

By any measure, their first album, 1980's S.O.S. was their most successful (#12) and it featured their (#3 Pop, #1 R&B, #51 UK) hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)." A follow-up "dance" tune, "S.O.S," made it to #20 R&B. (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis came on to work on several subsequent albums.)

None of their follow-up albums (through '91's One of Many Nights) charted in the "Top Forty" but a couple came close.

Here is a breakdown of their "single" and album releases, including "Pop," "R&B" and "British" (they were successful in the UK) peak chart position (when applicable). The album peak position is in the overall Top 200 weekly chart (unless noted otherwise):

"High Hopes" - #25 R&B (1983)

"Just Be Good To Me" - #55 Pop, #2 R&B, #13 UK (1983)

"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')" - #71 UK (1983)

On the Rise (album) - #47 (1983)

"Tell Me If You Still Care" - #65 Pop, #5 R&B (1983)

"For Your Love" - #34 R&B (1984)

Just The Way You Like It (album) - #60 (1984)

"Just The Way You Like It" - #60 Pop, #6 R&B, #32 UK (1984)

"No One's Gonna Love You" - #15 R&B (1984)

"Weekend Girl" - #17 UK (1984)

Sands of Time (album) - #44 (1986)

"The Finest" - #44 Pop, #2 R&B, #17 UK (1986)

"Borrowed Love" - #14 R&B, #50 UK (1986)

"No Lies" - #64 UK (1987)

Jam & Lewis left in '86, as did singer Mary Davis. Her solo album, produced by L.A. & Babyface, Separate Ways, only hit #82 R&B. Her single, "Don't Wear It Out" went to #19 R&B (1990).

Back to the S.O.S. Band with Pennye Ford:

Diamonds in the Raw (album) - Didn't chart pop (1987)

"I'm Still Missing Your Love" - #7 R&B (1989)

One of Many Nights (album) - Didn't chart at all (1991)

"Sometimes I Wonder" - #12 R&B (1991)

That ended their recording career.

Mary Davis re-joined two of the original members, in the mid-'90s, to form a new version of the band and went on tour as part of an "old school" R&B show.

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saabsista
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posted 03-11-2002 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for saabsista   Click Here to Email saabsista     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not a one hit wonder but certainly not in the public eye--Anita Baker. Oh, I heard she wanted to devote time to raising kids for awhile, but aren't they in college yet?
I saw her in concert about 10 or so years ago. She sang the obilgatory 55 minutes, exited the stage and did not return for an encore.

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Dnice
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posted 03-11-2002 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dnice     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dreamer:
[B]
"O-O-H Child" - The Five Stairsteps
"Got To Be Real" - Cheryl Lynn
"Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc.
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I hope I used the codes right...

These were my JAMS!!!

Deesha

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coquinegra
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posted 03-12-2002 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for coquinegra   Click Here to Email coquinegra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thought Anita Baker needed diction lessions.
Girlfriend could BLOW, but could have easily played "Mumbles" in 'Dick Tracy'

Not a "one-hit wonder" in any way, but I've always wondered WEHT The Brothers Johnson? And while I'm thinking about it, where the heck is Anita "Mumbles Sweetly" Baker?

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