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Girl Group Black Album

Here’s the sequel to the Boy Band Black Album blog. All these ladies first gained success as singers in groups. Then they all put out solo albums of varying success. Some were bigger than their groups (Beyonce), others not so much (Dawn Robinson). So in no particular order here are the 10 tracks I would put on a Girl Group Black Album:

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  1. Melanie C. — I Turn to You. Otherwise known as Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls. She came out with a great dance song that shared one of Madonna’s producers.
  2. Belinda Carlisle — Mad About You. She is the lead singer for the Go-Go’s. But this was her first solo single, and one of her best. A fun, flirty pop song that is fun to sing along with.
  3. Emma Bunton — Maybe. She was Baby Spice in the Spice Girls. This sixties inspired dance song was a perfect fit for her sweet voice.
  4. Diana Ross — Upside Down. Yes, she is superstar. But she was once part of the Supremes. This funk song from Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers is one of her best solo numbers.
  5. Dawn Robinson — Party, Party. One of the girls from En Vogue, this song was full of funk and attitude. This will get you moving.
  6. Geri Halliwell — Look at Me. The first of the Spice Girls to go solo. She was Ginger Spice. It was nice to see her out in front, and having fun on her own.
  7. Jane Wieldlin — Rush Hour. The 2nd vocalist from the Go-Go’s. She is one of the guitarists and one of the songwriters too for the group. This cute pop song, was her biggest solo hit, other than her duet with the band Sparks (Cool Places).
  8. Beyonce — Crazy in Love. The song that started it all for her fantastic solo career. Still one of her best, and always great to see her perform it live.
  9. Michelle Williams — We Break the Dawn. The 2nd of the ladies from Destiny’s Child. She has recorded mostly gospel records as a solo artist, but when she went R&B, we got this jam.
  10. Kelly Rowland —When Love Takes Over. Recorded with DJ and producer David Guetta, her soaring vocals are what really make this song. The 3rd girl from Destiny’s Child. I am surprised she hasn’t had more solo success since she has a great voice too.

So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, check out the songs on Itunes or on YouTube.

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Terrific Trios Part 2

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

 

Jonas Brothers

OK, here’s the guilty pleasure pick. Nick, Joe and Kevin are the Jonas Brothers. They sing, they act, and put on a great live show. Essential songs include “Burnin’ Up” and “Year 3000.” I am looking forward to some new music from them in 2013.Jonas Brothers

 

Destiny’s Child

Before her solo career took off like crazy, Beyonce was once the lead singer for this group. After the dust settled with the personnel shakeup, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce remained. Another influential group, they had great songs like “Say My Name,” “Survivor” and “Independent Women.”

 

Wilson Phillips

Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with Chynna Phillips made up this pop vocal group. Offspring of stars from the Mama’s and Papa’s and the Beach Boys, these girls made their own mark on the charts. Essential songs: “Hold On,” and “Release Me.”

 

Thompson Twins

Part of the new-wave movement of the 80’s, this group was at it’s peak when there were 3 members: Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway and Alannah Currie. I remember seeing them at Hollywood Bowl during their heyday. Songs like “Hold Me Now,” “Lies” and “You Take Me Up” still bring a smile to my face.

 

LFO

Pop rap group LFO (Lyte Funky Ones) came on to the music scene during the teen pop boom of the 90’s. Composed of Brad Fischetti, Devin Lima and lead singer Rich Cronin, they had hits with “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV.” Sadly Rich died in 2010 after a long bout with leukemia. Their first album got most of the attention, but their 2nd album was better in my opinion.

 

Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh were another synth-pop group from Sheffield, England. Great songs like “Penthouse and Pavement,” “Let Me Go” and “Temptation” came from this group. They also worked with Tina Turner on her comeback album “Private Dancer.”

 

Peter, Paul and Mary
Folk music pioneers Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers started their careers in the socially-conscious 1960’s. They were always ones to stand up for causes. Before Mary’s death in 2009, I remember them singing a song about gay bullying after Ryan White was murdered. They had a great vocal blend. I was introduced to them by my mother and saw them a number of times live. Essential songs include: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

 

TLC
Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli’  Thomas were one of the most successful female trios of the 1990’s. Known for their oversize personalities (and exploits) as well as their catchy songs, their ride came to a screeching halt with the death of Lisa Lopes in 2002. Their music lives on with great songs such as “Waterfalls,” “What About Your Friends” and “No Scrubs.”

So did I leave anyone off? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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