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 Post subject: Girl Groups
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:05 am 
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Pink Lady, It's not like I didn't like The Pointers; They had some really great music. I have a 12" that I cherish to this day: "I NEED YOU"('84). The sleaze beat still drives me crazy! and I still got a thing for "NEUTRON DANCE"-used to mix it with Wang Chang's "(can hardly)WAIT" all the time. They did sell millions---but my ladies from Philly THE FIRST CHOICE was in such an F'in zone back before disco and after disco.

Now you hit on a group that that we totally agree on: THE THREE DEGREES!!!! I have a 45 that they came out with in 1970; a slow jam on Roulette called "MAYBE"--they rocked it!
They were the joint!
"DIRTY OLD MAN" (Tom Moulton Mix) the long one on Philly Classics LP. The Bomb!!!!
"YEAR OF DECISION" & "WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN"
and lets not forget:
"LOVE IS THE MESSAGE" & "TSOP"
Those:"doo doo doo doo doooooo--doo doo doooooaaa! Let's get it oooooooonnnnnn--it's time to get doooowwwwwnnnn!"

Maybe my allegence to The First Choice and your allegence to The Pointers have to do with our respective generations. If you were 'not yet 10 yrs old' when "When Will I see You Again" made #1.
I was 'not yet 10' when The Supremes made #1 with "Stop! In The Name Of Love" It's not a big bridge to gap but a lot of music in between.

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 Post subject: HowAbout These Two?
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True that these two were not the BEST or GREATEST, but, BANANARAMA and VENUS were huge in their day. And to a much lesser extent, THE FLIRTS. In fact THE FLIRTS might be a one-hit wonder if I could remember their one hit! It got so bad for them, that years later, at a club called SCARLETT'S, one of the FLIRTS was modeling lingerie there! One step from POLE dancing!!

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 Post subject: The Flirts
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:30 am 
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[b]It was "PASSION" on Bobby O records from '81 wasn't


PETE'S NOTE:: YES IT WAS! THANKS!

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 Post subject: You Know who no one has mentioned,
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LOU RAWLS!!-- He was impressive. I think every one who ever spun his music, at least once, did the remix of YOU'LL NEVER FIND, ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE. That echo thing, it was fantastic. We got to play some really great music, few better then this!

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 Post subject: BARRY WHITE
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Right now on the Biography Channel, the immortal BARRY WHITE!

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Cant split my favourites, so just gonna list them anyway;

FAV. MALE - CURTIS MAYFIELD/ EDWINSTARR/ HAMILTON BOHANON

FAV.FEMALE - JOCELYN BROWN/ MARTHA WALSH/ LOLETTA HOLLAWAY

FAV.GROUP - FIRST CHOICE/ THE REAL THING/ THE WHISPERS

Looking back at that list, i now feel like dancin'

Disco-on!

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 Post subject: Real Thing
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:46 pm 
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I know and love every one on your list but: THE REAL THING.
Who are they, who produced them, and what songs do they have???

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Here you go Jay,Though i would share this with everybody.

The Real Thing - a Liverpool based vocal group, had its origins in the Merseybeat boom of the 1960s. Lead Singer Eddie Amoo was a former band member of The Chants, whose beat singles gathered considerable critical acclaim, although they failed to chart. After continuing to record for various record labels, the band name was eventually dropped.

Re-labelled as The Real Thing, and with brother Chris Amoo, Ray Lake and Dave Smith on board, they got their big break following an appearance on the "Opportunity Knocks" ITV talent show. Original members of the group who appeared on "Opportunity Knocks" were, Chris Amoo, Kenny Davis (deceased) Dave Smith, Eddie Ankrah, and Ray Lake(deceased).

They were spotted by an ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ, Tony Hall, who played a significant part in their early career development. Even so, success was not immediate, and contracts they signed with a couple of major record labels came to nothing. Then, in 1975, they signed to Pye Records. Touring as backing singers with David Essex for a spell also helped to increase their profile.

With a song written and produced by Ken Gold and Mick Denne, The Real Thing finally emerged in 1976 when "You to me are Everything" sailed up to the number one slot in the UK Singles Chart. The same song would be re-released as 'The Decade Remix' in 1986 and achieve an even higher UK chart position of number three, being remixed by Froggy, Simon Harris and KC.

This first success led to nine hits on Pye over a three year period, including "Can't Get By Without You", and "Can You Feel The Force", both of which were top five success stories.

Their brand of commercial sweet soul music, mixed with disco influences, established their popularity with the British audience. They were the UK's best selling black group of the late 1970s. A switch to the Calibre record label in 1980 slowed the momentum. Subsequent material fared less well, although remixes of their first two hits charted some 10 years after their original release.

The group, with three of the founder members still on board, continue to perform and record to this day (2006).


[edit] Group personnel
Eddie Amoo - born 5 May 1950, in Liverpool - vocalist and guitarist.
Chris Amoo - born 14 October 1952, in Liverpool - vocalist.
Ray Lake - born 11 February 1946, in Liverpool - falseto and backing vocalist.
Dave Smith - born David Smith, 6 July 1952 - vocalist.

[edit] Discography

[edit] Singles
"You to me are Everything" - (1976) - Number 1.
"Can't Get By Without You" - (1976) - Number 2.
"You'll Never Know What You're Missing" - (1977) - Number 16.
"Love's Such A Wonderful Thing" - (1977) - Number 33.
"Lightning Strikes Again" - (1977)
"Whenever You Want My Love" - (1978) - Number 18.
"Let's Go Disco" - (1978) - Number 39.
"Rainin' Through My Sunshine" - (1978) - Number 40.
"Can You Feel The Force" - (1979) - Number 5.
"Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)" - (1979) - Number 33.
"She's A Groovy Freak" - (1980) - Number 52.
"You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Re-mix 76-87)" - (1986) - Number 5.
"Can't Get By Without You (The Second Decade Re-mix)" - (1986) - Number 6.
"Can You Feel The Force ('86 Re-mix)" - (1986) - Number 24.
"Straight To The Heart" - (1986) - Number 71.
"Hard Times" - (1987) - Number 90.
"So Much Love To Give" (with Freeloaders) - (2005) - Number 9.

[edit] Albums
The Real Thing (1976)
4 From 8 (1977)
Step Into Our World (1978)
Can You Feel The Force (1979)
....Saints Or Sinners? (1980)
100 Minutes (1982)

Dont think i could have put it any better!

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 Post subject: Real Thing
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:46 pm 
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Thanks much Soul-Boy, you gave me all I need to look them up!

NICE!!!!

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 Post subject: again. I mixed it
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Hey guys, again, I played that YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING on one of TRH sets from the first of second session. While we are all thinking alike, I seem to have a step on you. YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING is pure "Philly" sounding DISCO! Another group called REVELATION also released YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING at the same time. I used to mix the two. But THE REAL THING'S version was bigger and better. It remains one of my all-time favorites!

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Pete,
Never heard or new the REVELATION version exsisted...thanks!..now gonna spend hours looking for it.

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 Post subject: Revelation
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I remember (I think) that Revelation recorded for RSO Records in '80.
maybe that will help you.

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 Post subject: Actually.....
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:14 pm 
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REVELATION did their cover of YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING at the same time of THE REAL THING'S Version. A month or so behind. FORGETTABOUT me remembering the label!

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 Post subject: The Best!
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Here is mine, of course, SYLVESTER!

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 Post subject: It Figures!
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It figures! What else would a fa* like you choose. Bet you love the Weather Girls too! Can't you all see the truth, the disco era had certain faces. The female face of disco was Donna Summer. The male face was Barry White. And when you ask the average person, what group is related to disco. 8 out of 10 will say The Bee Gees.

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