Flashback Friday: Gerardo – Rico Suave

This song and video seems like a parody now but back in the early 90s Gerardo had a major hit. Rico Suave, released in 1990, reached number 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1991.

Gerardo, whose last name is Mejí, is also ranked number 9 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders.

Do you remember Gerardo and his hit song Rico Suave?

Flashback Friday: Groove Theory – Tell Me

The group formed in New York in 1993, when Amel Larrieux met Bryce Wilson while she was working at Rondor Music as a receptionist. Larrieux had been working at the music publishing company since the age of 18. Wilson was a producer at Rondor.

The group signed to record with Epic Records, and in 1995, they released their self-titled debut album Groove Theory. The album featured the single, “Tell Me”, which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Tell Me” peaked at #31 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1995. Other charted singles from the album included “Baby Luv” and “Keep Trying”, which reached numbers 18 and 36 on the R&B chart, respectively. The album also went on to be certified gold.

Larrieux left Groove Theory in 1999 to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Makeda Davis. The group signed with Columbia Records and recorded a new album, ‘The Answer’, which was expected for release in 2001. Displeased with Columbia’s track record at the time with urban projects, Wilson asked for a release from the label, causing the album to remain unreleased. A single entitled “4 Shure” was released from the album to minor chart performance.

Larrieux began her solo career forming her own independent record label, Blisslife, to distribute her music. Wilson appeared in the films Beauty Shop, Trois and Hair Show, and produced music for Beyoncé, Amerie and Mary J. Blige.

It was rumored that Amel and Bryce were in the studio recording together in 2010 but, so far no new music has been released by Groove Theory.

Do you remember this song?

Flashback Friday: Jodeci – Forever My Lady

Forever My Lady was the second single from Jodeci’s 1991 debut album of the same name and helped Jodeci begin their rise to becoming one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s.

Forever My Lady was the first of five number one R&B hits for the group, spending three weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and also peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Interesting fact: Forever My Lady was produced by Jodeci’s DeVante Swing and 1980s R&B singer Al B. Sure!.