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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wrecks-N-Effect - New Jack Swing

Wrecks-N-Effect originally comprised of then adolescent; Aqil Davidson, Brandon Mitchell, Markell Riley, and Keith "K.C." Hanns. They were formed around 1988 with their first release being an eponymous EP of six tracks for Atlantic Records. This EP included the singles "Go For What You Know", "Let's Do It Again" (which sampled The Staple Singers hit song), and a self-titled track sampling Jimmy Castor's "Bertha Butt Boogie". They received little promotion from Atlantic however, and, with the help of one-time manager and alleged gangster Gene Griffin, jumped ship for the Motown Label

When they released their self-titled debut album the following year, "K.C." had left and the group had become a trio. Wrecks-N-Effect was then produced by Teddy Riley (brother of Markell Riley), and rapper/producer Redhead Kingpin. This debut LP reached #16 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #103 on Billboards Top 200 LP chart.

The single "Juciy", off this LP, met a similar fate. However, the follow-up, "New Jack Swing" becoming a #1 single on the Rap Chart. This release also landed them their first Dance Chart single. (The first of two...guess what the second was) Mitchell was killed in a shooting incident shortly after its release in 1990.

Taken from the original 12" single on Motown 4654
New Jack Swing (Original 12" Version) 5:27
Song charted on November 25, 1989. Spent 2 weeks on the chart and reached #48.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Young MC - I Come Off

Young MC is really Marvin Young. Born on 5/10/67, in London, England, he is best known for his hit "Bust A Move" in 1989. You may not know this but he is also the co-writer of "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for Tone Loc

"I Come Off" was his follow-up, on the dance chart, to "Bust A Move". Even though the above three songs were huge, this one did not fair too well. Heck, you might not have even heard this song before. I think it was OK at best. This is his second and final time he charted on the Dance/Disco Chart.

Song taken from the original 12" single on Delicious Vinyl 96499
I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix) 6:31
Song charted on April 14, 1990. Spent 3 weeks on the chart and reached #36

Monday, October 8, 2007

Booker Newberry III - Love Town

Thanks for all the congrat's for my new son. It is greatly appreciated...now on with the music.

Booker Newberry III
(born 19 January 1956, in Youngstown, Ohio) is a singer and keyboardist, who was a member of the mid 1970s soul groups Sweet Thunder ("Baby I Need Your Love Today"), and Impact before pursuing a solo career.

Newberry began his professional singing career in the group Mystic Nights around 1971. Moving to Philadelphia he became the lead singer of Sweet Thunder, which also included drummer John Aaron, bassist Rudell Alexander, and guitarist Charles Buie. Signing with the Philly-based record label WMOT Records, the group's single, "Baby I Need Your Love Today" b/w "I Don't Care What You Say," stirred interest and was picked up for distribution by Berkeley, California based Fantasy Records.

The group recorded three albums, Above The Clouds (1976), Sweet Thunder (1978), and Horizons (1979), the latter of which listed the single "I Leave You Stronger," which went to #63 Billboard R&B chart in late 1979. Newberry joined another WMOT Records group, Impact, who was best known for the dance hits "Give a Broken Heart a Break" and "Rainy Days Stormy Nights."

Newberry signed with Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records in 1983 and today's post "Love Town" was a Top Ten UK hit. The "Love Town" album was issued the same year. He has also recorded for Malaco Records and Omni Records

This was the first and last time any of his solo hits charted on the Billboard Dance Disco Chart.

Song taken from the original 12" single on Boardwalk 99905
Love Town (Long Version) - 5:18
Song charted on June 4, 1983. Spent 3 weeks on the chart and reached #66