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Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr was among the top urban contemporary acts of the '80s and fared well in the adult contemporary market as well, but their roots were '70s soul and funk. Several members first recorded together as Newban, a funk group that released two 1977 albums, Newban and Newban 2, on the Guinness label. Atlantic Starr took shape that same year, formed in White Plains, New York by three brothers: lead singer/guitarist David Lewis, lead singer/keyboardist Wayne Lewis, and trombonist/percussionist Jonathan Lewis. The lineup was filled out by singer Sharon Bryant, trumpeter William Sudderth, saxophonist Damon Rentie (who was replaced by Koran Daniels in 1981), bassist Clifford Archer, drummer Porter Carroll, Jr., and percussionist/flutist Joseph Phillips. Influenced by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, New Birth, and L.T.D., Atlantic Starr started playing around the northeastern U.S. They signed with A&M and started working with Bobby Eli, a well-respected producer/songwriter from Philadelphia. Produced by Eli in 1978, Atlantic Starr's self-titled debut album wasn't a mega-platinum blockbuster but did reasonably well and contained the funk hit "Stand Up" (which made it to number 16 on Billboard's R&B singles chart). Eli went on to produce the band's second album, Straight to the Point; while that 1979 release did OK, A&M knew that Atlantic Starr could be bigger. So in 1981, the band changed producers and enlisted James Carmichael for their third album, Radiant. It was a wise move; Radiant and its hit single "When Love Calls" established Atlantic Starr as a supergroup in the R&B market. It was on Radiant that the charismatic Bryant (who was featured on "When Love Calls") really blossomed as a singer and her lead vocals played a major role in the band's success. Carmichael went on to produce 1982's Brilliance (which contained the number two R&B single "Circles") and 1983's Yours Forever; the latter includes "Touch a Four Leaf Clover," another major hit featuring Bryant.

Although Bryant was never Atlantic Starr's only lead singer -- Wayne and David Lewis also provided their share of lead vocals -- she was a major asset. So it came as quite a disappointment when she left Atlantic Starr in 1984 to pursue a solo career. But all was not lost. The talented Barbara Weathers was hired as a replacement and 1985's As the Band Turns -- Atlantic Starr's first post-Bryant album and sixth album overall -- found the outfit unveiling a smaller lineup that consisted of Weathers, the Lewis Brothers, and Phillips. Sudderth, Daniels, Archer, and Carroll were all gone, but despite those personnel changes, Atlantic Starr was still distinctive and recognizable. As the Band Turns, which contained the major hit "Secret Lovers," turned out to be Atlantic Starr's last album for A&M; in 1987, they moved to Warner Bros. and fared well with the album All in the Name of Love and the smash hit "Always." A syrupy adult contemporary ballad, "Always" reflected the Lewis Brothers' desire to have the type of crossover success that Whitney Houston and Lionel Ritchie had been enjoying in the '80s; they got their wish when "Always" soared to number one on both the pop and R&B charts.

After All in the Name of Love, Weathers left the band to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Porscha Martin, who was featured on 1988's We're Movin' Up. Martin was around for a few years before being replaced by Rachel Oliver (Atlantic Starr's fourth female vocalist) in the early '90s. Atlantic Starr's relationship with Warner Bros. ended after 1991's Love Crazy, and in 1994, the band recorded one album for Arista: Time. That album was a commercial disappointment and the single "I'll Remember You" only made it to the fifties on Billboard's R&B and pop singles charts. Time (which was David Lewis' last album with the band) found a fifth female singer, Aisha Tanner, replacing Oliver. And when 1999's Legacy was distributed by the small, independent Street Solid label, Atlantic Starr unveiled yet another lineup -- one that consisted of two Lewis Brothers (Wayne and Jonathan) as well as Oliver (who had returned and replaced Tanner) and a new male singer named DeWayne Woods. Although Legacy received very little attention, Atlantic Starr hung in there and was still performing for die-hard fans when the 21st century arrived. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Love this song !!!!!
My Jam... ��
kennycole15
LOVE you Alejandro Greigo miss you baby from Rosemary Ramirez from the year 1983 R.I.P.see you soon
If Im dreaming don't wake me up!!
boost1234.bm
Wow
When I met my first love we was off all of Atlantic Starr music and it was so much fun with your first time in love
Looking for those days
Had lots of girls off this song!!! Still one of the finest love songs!!! Weddings
Omg......... . . y e s s s s s !
Love this Song lots! Back then was the ultimate JAM
Love called and I answered!
I love this song
Sharon Bryant y'all, beautiful voice!
Don't want any stress...onl y Circles I want to make is the movement of love!
They just don't make music like this anymore..smh . Love this song:)
sonianava08
Sherriff
Nate Dogg killed this beat
In the middle of making love we both notice the time.....
Atlantic. Starr i can remember pops coming home from The Carolina West club in L.A. and playing this album at 4am lol those where the days
Sharon Bryant could give any of the women singers today a run for their money
One of the best groups from back in the day! "Masterpiece " w a s my sisters wedding song! Great memories! Don't let the song "Closer" come on! That was the slow jam for the parties!
If Your Heart Isn't In it....wowww. . . t a k e s me back!
Classic
Best music ever
Back in the day this was the song. I was about 13. What secret lover did I have at that age anyway?! LOL
Brings back memories
Love the group
Love these guys!
One of my Favorite all Time groups :)
They put their heart in their music....
MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS MUSIC SMILE......
Am i dreaming.... j u s t to good to be true
One of my Favorite songs of all time, I could listen to this over and over again... and never get tired of it..
i love the way they sing
Bigcov29 you need yo a** whoop for that bullshit
Take me back
laydeebug363 1
�������� love this song sooo much
uncannyx527
Nice tune, beat and vocals. Good sound.
Send for me baby
Judy u were my angel wish u were still here I think I'm dreaming since ur passing u will always b in my heart
Yougo
Makes me remember my secret crush...too bad he liked men oh well. ...
Let's Get Closer....lo v e this song! Atlantic Starr so many great hits
Wow
bigcov29
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days.Now you've started reading it so dont stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters.This is so scary because it actually works
Beautiful song
This reminds me of a nice sunny day on the beach....how refreshing!! !
Back in the day, I remember the house parties, going to the beach, the whole n the wall clubs , we had fun, good clean fun, and enjoyed this music....... . e n j o y peace
Classic this
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