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Remember This: Groups — Part 2

Last week’s column listed some of my favorite groups from the past. Here are a few more:

Cover Girls
Another girl group from the 80-90’s. They were a fixture on a local LA radio station called Power 106 back in the day. I remember seeing them as an opening act for New Kids on the Block. Essential songs: Because of You, Wishing on a Star http://youtu.be/lSwDOENwNR8

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Produced by the group Full Force, this group peaked with their album “Spanish Fly”.  There were great dance songs and power ballads too. They broke up before I ever got to see them in concert. Essential songs: I Wonder If I Take You Home, Head to Toe http://youtu.be/51Iq8JmmfxY

En Vogue
Four strong females made up this group (at their peak). They were excellent singers, and had great harmonies. They were the female equivalent to Boyz II Men. Great at a capella singing. Essential songs: Hold On, My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) http://youtu.be/Xpugp6DIb3I

Erasure
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell are Erasure, masters of synth-pop. Andy Bell is an out and proud gay man. Vince is a founding member of Depeche Mode and Yaz. Essential songs: Chains of Love, Always http://youtu.be/uttV1VZUgQQ

Pet Shop Boys
Another duo that specialized in synth-pop. And they are still popular today on the touring circuit. I love their sense of humor. Essential songs: West End Boys, Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) http://youtu.be/di60NYGu03Y

Kool and the Gang
This group from the 70-80’s had a good run with fun, funky singles like “Celebration” and “Get Down on it.” Looking forward to seeing them on tour this summer with Gladys Knight. Essential songs: Celebration, Ladies Night http://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M

Chic
Producer-writers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edward were the masterminds of this 4-some. They produced some of the hottest songs of the disco era, as well as went on to produce everyone from Madonna to David Bowie and more. Essential songs: Good Times, Le Freak http://youtu.be/h1qQ1SKNlgY

Boyz II Men
Known for their incredible harmonies, and their string of hits on the pop and R&B charts. Most popular as 4 guys, now down to 3. Essential songs: End of the Road, I’ll Make Love to You http://youtu.be/fV8vB1BB2qc

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Terrific Trios Part 1

What’s better than a duo, why a trio of course! Here are some of the best trios that have dominated the music scene.

 

Bee GeesBee Gees
The Brothers Gibb (Robin, Maurice and Barry) had incredible success during the 70’s and 80’s with hits like “Staying Alive,” “To Love Somebody” and “How Deep is Your Love.” Sadly, Barry is the only one left, but their music will live on. Let’s hope they get the Mamma Mia treatment and have a musical made from their songs.

 

The Supremes
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard (and later Cindy Birdsong) were the jewel of the Motown label during their heyday. Stylish, sophisticated and classy, these ladies sang some of the most memorable songs of the 60’s and 70’s. “Love Child,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” were some of their biggest hits.

 

Dixie Chicks
Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison only recorded 4 albums during their career together. They have won 13 Grammy Awards and have been on an extended hiatus since 2008. Let’s hope they get together to record some new music soon. I listened to their debut album again recently, and I really miss their vocal blend. “Goodbye Earl,” “Sin Wagon” and “Ready to Run” are all great songs.

 

Exposé
Fans of 80–90’s dance music remember this trio from Miami. The brainchild of producer Lewis Martineé, they recorded only 3 albums, before being let go from their label and breaking up. Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno were the ladies who sang such favorites as “Point of No Return,” “What You Don’t Know,” and “Seasons Change.” They are now back together and performing occasionally.

 

Rascal Flatts
Country pop trio Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney) have been one of the most successful country bands of the last decade on stage and the radio. Their hits include “Bless the Broken Road,” “Prayin’ for Daylight” and “What Hurts the Most.”

 

Lady Antebellum
Another country pop trio, but with a guy and girl trading leads. Hilary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have come up with a winning combination. This has brought them legions of fans and few Grammys along the way. They have a new album coming out in 2013. “Love’s Looking Good on You,” “Need You Now” and “We Own the Night” are just a few of their hits.

 

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Lisa Velez, Alex “Spanador” Mosely and Mike Hughes formed this trio. Created and produced by Full Force, they were responsible for such club and dance hits as “I Wonder If I Take You Home,” “Head to Toe” and “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em.”

 

The Human League
The ground-breaking group from Sheffield, England wasn’t always a trio, but since 1987, they pretty much have been. Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall, and Susan Ann Sulley are the group these days. I have seen them a couple of times in concert in recent years and they still put on a great live show.

 

Pointer Sisters
This real-life sister act (Ruth, June and Anita) conquered the world with their strong vocals and fun dance-pop songs. Sadly, June died of cancer in 2004. But songs like “I’m So Excited,” “Slow Hand” and “Neutron Dance” still sound great today.

 

More trios to come in Part 2 of this posting coming soon.

 

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