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 Post subject: Chubby & The Turnpikes-- TAVARES
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:10 pm 
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Chubby & The Turnpikes....who the F**K are they i hear you say!
This was the group formed by five brothers in 1963, them being..Chubby, Tiny, Butch, Ralph and Pooch who came out of New Bedford, Massachusetts...by the way..all these brothers shared the surname of Tavares...thats it, you guessed it...were talking about one of the most influential groups of the disco era....THE TAVARES...

The Tavares didn't get there major breakthrough until they signed for CAPITOL RECORDS...the fine soul ballad "CHECK IT OUT" made the top 5 in the US R&B charts in 1973, which set the ball rolling for great future success. 1974 saw the release of another fine ballad that was penned from HALL & OATS..."SHE'S GONE"..this hit the no1 spot in the US R&B charts..HALL & OATS went on to the following year to have a commercial hit with the same song.

1975 saw THE TAVARES venturing into the disco genre with the release of
"IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE" which went onto being a Billboard top ten hit.

Between 1975 -1977 the hits came at break neck speed. Who can forget
the likes of ; "HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL" - "DON'T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC" - "WHODUNIT" - "MORE THAN A WOMAN"

THE TAVARES are still going strong after 40+ years in the game!

Did this group have an influence or impact on you?

One of great Soul/Disco groups of all time...thats how i lable
THE TAVARES...

SOUL-BOY

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 Post subject: Great Group
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:19 pm 
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Now the Tavares brothers were friends of mine back in 1977-78. To say that I love them, would certainly be an understatement. These guys rocked. Playing their music always packed the dance floor. The list of their hits is a long one. My favorite, is" Don't Take Away The Music". Which was not their biggest hit. But it is one that I continue to play today!Great job Soul-Boy!! THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!! BTW, Chubby hated being called Chubby! LOL

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 Post subject: Tavares
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Did you know, that TAVARES has Bahamian, and Spanish blood in their family. It is true, somewhere along the line, they are beaners!

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 Post subject: Tavares
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:53 am 
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Tavares was one of the pioneer disco groups in '74.

Capitol Records just KNEW that the DJ had the power to break new music and they listened to us.

Before 12" were made there were many complaints about sound quality, especially from LPs and the long 45s. They were pressed VERY LOW.
You had to play these songs at a very HIGH volume.
For example: when you played "WELCOME TO THE CLUB" by Blue Magic from their LP, the master volume HAD to be high and the turntable level had to be high also (a situation that promoted feedback in some of the more antiquated sound systems)----now mix that into a 45 with a decent level and you had to adjust the master--again.

Capitol Records helped us out when they released a PROMO to us of
"IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE" BY Tavares on a 7" 33+1/3 speed edited long version. They extended the song 2 minutes by repeating the break and the ending.
The slower 33+1/3 speed made it LOUD & CLEAR and perfect for mixing.
It was pressed with a small LP hole in the center.
Atlantic soon followed suit with Consumer Rapport's "EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD" and Tornado's "THE WIZ", pressed the same way:
7"--33+1/3 speed (with a small hole)

This set the stage for the first 12" pressings for disco DJ's.

When "HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL" was released to us it was on a VERY LOUD long version 12" Promo.
The version released to the public was a Pt.1/Pt.2 on a 45---no album yet!!! It was nice having the whole song in one piece before the LP was released.


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Jay,

Had know idea that Capitol Records were one of the first to take the Dj into consideration, with making there records Dj friendly and Atlantic Records following the same path...

Thats some intresting info Jay!

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 Post subject: Capitol
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Yea, Capitol & Atlantic were one of the 1st majors to take action.

But they only did it when they seen the success the smaller labels were having.
Tom Moulton's extended Disco Mixes was the primary reason they took notice.
His early work with Scepter/Wand & Chess/Janus Records.......
including:
"DREAM WORLD" - Don Downing
"I'M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST AS LONG AS I CAN" - Free Spirit
"I'LL BE HOLDING ON" - Al Downing
"DO IT 'TILL YOU'RE SATISFIED" - B.T. Express
"EL BIMBO" - Bimbo Jet
"UNDECIDED LOVE" - The Chequers***
"NICE & SLOW" - Jesse Green***
"FREE MAN" - South Shore Commission***

.......all had the Tom Moulton extended mix on side B of the 45.
All very low volume--especially Al Downing & South Shore.

The last 3 on the list *** were the 1st Disco 12" promos ever made.
It was awesome---loud & clear as fuck!!!!
I don't remember which was first, they all were around the same time.

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