Mtume – Juicy Fruit
Mtume (pronounced em-tu-may) was a Funk and Soul group that rose to fame during the early ‘80s. Their founder, former percussionist James Mtume, previously played and toured with Jazz legend Miles Davis in the early ’70s. The song is the title track and first single off their third studio album from 1983. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, remaining there for eight weeks, and peaked at No. 45 on the Hot 100. Thanks to The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic single “Juicy,” the record continues to get played daily on Hip Hop stations worldwide.
New Edition – Candy Girl
A classic for all ’80s babies! Released as the first single from the group’s debut self-titled album in 1983. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at No. 46 on the Hot 100.
Sheila E – Glamorous Life
Written by Prince, the song was the title track and first single off Sheila’s debut album in 1984. It topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100. The song was originally intended to be recorded by the short-lived girl group Apollonia 6, but after a disagreement with lead singer Apollonia Kotero, Prince game the song to Sheila, who was fresh off their duet “Erotic City.”
Evelyn “Champagne” King – Love Come Down
The first single released from Evelyn’s multi-platinum, No. 1 album, Get Loose in 1982. It reached No. 1 on the R&B and Dance charts and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. It cracked the top 20 on the charts in several other countries as well.
Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
Becoming Deniece’s second No. 1 single, it appeared on the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Footloose. The record climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in ‘84, as well as No. 1 on the Dance and R&B charts.
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