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The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such up-tempo hits as the million-selling single "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," "More Than a Woman," and "Whodunit," but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad "Check It Out." Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, young-men-next-door image made them favorites on TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone" written by the then relative unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.
Chubby Tavares is now focused on producing solo projects. His first project was Jealousy which reaches beyond his salad days as a hit making member of his family group to record an album of covers ranging from tunes from the Great American Songbook to pop tunes of artists such as The Eagles and Barry Gibb. Jealousy’s track list made it clear that Chubby approached this project with a non-cynical view toward making a covers album. He didn’t employ modern production techniques or odd collaborations in an attempt to reach a younger demographic. He also didn’t fill Jealousy with a bunch of done to death covers. He's done the same thing with his soon to be released new CD "Can't Knock Me Down." This will be a great conversation with a legendary voice from the 60's disco era.
he Tavares brothers, whose parents were of Cape Verbena descent, started performing in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes when the youngest brother was 9 years old. Future Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer appeared as the "token white-guy drummer" in an early incarnation of Tavares. Chubby and The Turnpikes signed with Capitol Records in 1967 and had a couple of local hit records including "I Know The Inside Story" in 1967 and "Nothing But Promises" in 1968. By 1973, they had changed their name to Tavares and scored their first R&B Top 10 (Pop Top 40) hit with "Check it Out" that same year, and soon began charting regularly on the R&B and pop charts. Their first album included their brother Victor, who sang lead on "Check it Out", but dropped out of the group shortly after. In 1974 Tavares had a #1 R&B hit with Hall & Oates' "She's Gone," (which became a hit for Hall & Oates as well two years later). Tavares followed up that success with "Remember What I Told You to Forget."
1975 turned out to be their most successful year chart-wise, chalking up a Top 40 Pop album (In the City) and their biggest hit, the Top 10 Pop/#1 R&B smash "It Only Takes a Minute", which was later successfully covered by both Jonathan King and Take That, and recently sampled by Jennifer Lopez. They parlayed this success into a spot as an opening act for The Jackson 5 KC and The Sunshine Band was also on this tour. "Minute" was followed by a string of hits: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" (1976), "Don't Take Away the Music" (1976), and "Whodunit" (1977, another #1 R&B hit), among others. In 1977 they also recorded "I Wanna See You Soon", a duet with Capitol label mate Freda Payne which received airplay on BBC Radio 1 but failed to chart.
Meet author Kelli Sue Landon. She's my guest this Thursday, June 5th for a special broadcast of Author Chat, Kellie will be chatting with me about her new book, Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood: A Young Adult Whodunit. Kelli will also discuss her upcoming book trailer release event on Facebook and Google+ on June 6-10. Event starts @ 8pm-12:30am.
About the book:
Holly Jenson is a new senior at Madison High. She has a hard time making new friends, so she hopes to break the ice with other students during the senior class camping trip. She gets acquainted with classmate Mindy Janz and the two become fast friends. Matt Ifft, the hottest guy in school, is also going on the trip, making Holly even more excited. The fun ends when people start disappearing, as Holly and her new friends fear that something is wrong. There is a killer among the group. But, who? As they try to solve the mystery of who is bumping off students at Camp Forrestwood, they concoct a scheme to trap the killer. But, will they be able to put a stop to the maniac's killing spree before they fall victim to the Madison High murderer?
About the author:
Kelli Sue Landon was born in Peoria, Illinois. She has been writing stories since the age of sixteen. She is one of the winners of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading presented by TheAuthorsShow.com. Her short story collection entitled Short Tales is available only on Amazon. Her mystery novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, Summer Shack: A Killer Vacation, and soon to be released in June 2014 - a new time travel mystery titled Stranded In Time.
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