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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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Artists I Want to See Have a Comeback

The music business is a fickle business, you are hot for one minute, then you aren’t. European audiences seem to be more faithful sometimes to artists than they are in the US. Remember when Santana had the “Supernatural” album with all the hits on it? That was a comeback. What about when Jennifer Lopez released  “On the Floor” — everyone had written her off at that point. Now she is headlining one of the hottest tours of the year. These are the artists I want to see have a big comeback:

  1. Janet Jackson
    This one I have been waiting for — for a long time. She is overdue! She was one of the most exciting singers/performers of the 80’s and 90’s, but she has made bad choices with her material. If she had the right song, she would be on top again for sure. I would be reaching out to up and coming producers if I was her, I am sure they would be thrilled to be working with a superstar like her.Janet Jackson
  2. Christina Aguilera
    The Voice has brought her back into the spotlight. She had a rough few years with her marriage falling apart and a flop movie and album. She has a new CD out this week called “Lotus”. I heard it on AOL First Listen, and it has some good songs on it. Here’s hoping it’s a hit and that she goes on tour in 2013.
  3. Cyndi Lauper
    She came out around the same time as Madonna, and is still around. She has a big gay following, and she can sing just about anything. Put her in a big musical or get her a guest turn on “Glee” or “Smash” and she was totally kill it
  4. Babyface
    Sure, LA Reid is the one in the spotlight now on The X Factor. But once upon a time, LA was the other half of the big songwriting duo of LA and Babyface. He was a fantastic songwriter and producer in addition to being a hit recording artist. I could totally see him doing an album like Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” and having him duet with today’s country stars on reworked versions of his songs.
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