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The B.B. & Q. Band

The B.B. & Q. Band (which stands for the Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band) came together accidentally on purpose when guitarist Doc Powell turned bassist Paris "Pee Wee" Ford on to producer Jacques Fred Petrus, who had already started Change and High Fashion from session musicians and vocalists. Petrus asked Ford to get some musicians together to record some tracks he'd written; after the tracks were finished, he shopped for a deal, got one, and brought the impromptu musicians (who came from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens) together as the B.B. & Q. Band.

The original lineup consisted of Ford (bass), Mauro Malavasi (piano and synthesizers), Paolo Gianolio (guitar), Terry Silverlight (drums), Kevin Nance (keyboards), and Ike Floyd (lead singer). The deal was with Capitol Records and the band was up and running. They debuted with The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band, produced by Petrus and Malavasi, which spawned the hypnotic, wallflower remover "On the Beat," a number three club hit the fall of 1981. Critically acclaimed by disco freaks -- Luther Vandross sang background -- their first slab of vinyl never exploded in the States.

A second LP, All Night Long, dropped in 1982; Floyd was gone, replaced by Kevin Robinson, and so was Luther. Tawatha Agee and Timmy Allen (Change) handled backup. It was a good follow-up with some good joints: the title track, "Electrofunkish," "Imagination," and a smooth rendition of Thom Bell/Linda Creed's "Children of the Night," from the Stylistics' Round 2 album. Rick Brenna served as guest vocalist. Yet they were still far from a runaway hit, their following was strictly club, and their sound wasn't spreading west, but primarily east, to the U.K. and Italy.

After two good albums, they coughed up a third -- their worst -- in 1983. Six Million Times lacked good songs, which Petrus seems to have relegated to Change and High Fashion. Robinson sang lead and co-produced the LP that boasted only two decent tracks: "Keep It Hot" and "Stay." Capital soured on the group, but they persevered, signed with Elektra in 1985, and released singles written and produced by Kae Williams, Jr., of Breakwater, "Genie" and "I'm a Dreamer" featuring Hairston on vocals.

The cuts failed to shake and bake, and their next single, "Ricochet," fell on Chrysalis Records in 1987 and eked into the U.K.'s Top 75. But that was all she wrote; shortly thereafter, Petrus, their mentor, met a gruesome end: he was found shot to death and submerged in water in Mexico City, held down by a heavy object around his legs. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: G.I. Disco

1. Rumours

2. Let The Music Turn You On

3. Show Me The Way

4. I.O.U.

5. Riccochet

6. Put Our Heads Together

7. 100%

8. Money's Too Tight To Mention

9. Another Man

10. Falling In Love

11. Spend The Night

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Track List: Greatest Hits Of The 80's

Disc 1

1. No Doubt About It

2. More Than I Can Say

3. Stop The Cavalry

5. Kids In America

6. Bette Davis Eyes

7. Rain In May

8. Morning Train (Nine To Five)

9. Papa Chico

10. We Just

11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

12. Hymn

13. Too Shy

14. The Whole Of The Moon

15. Breakaway

16. Imagination

17. Centerfold

18. Walking On Sunshine

Disc 2

1. True

2. The Tide Is High

4. Sunshine Reggae

5. I Like Chopin

6. Karma Chameleon

8. Only You

9. Star Trekkin'

10. Love Is A Battlefield

11. The Reflex

12. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

13. Letter From America

14. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now

15. Dictator

16. Walking In The Air

17. Hot In The City

18. Electric Avenue

Disc 3

1. Such A Shame

2. Eyes Without A Face

3. Never Ending Story

4. Wild Boys

5. We Belong

6. A Walk In The Park

7. Solid

8. Road To Nowhere

9. Let's All Chant

10. Nineteen

11. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

12. Kayleigh

13. Maria Magdalena

14. Running Up That Hill

15. If I Was

16. Sexy Eyes

17. Girl Crazy

18. Big Apple

Disc 4

1. A Good Heart

2. Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

3. In The Heat Of The Night

4. When The Going Gets Tough

5. Human

6. (I Just) Died In Your Arms

7. Gold

8. Everything I Own

9. Living In A Box

10. Sweet Sixteen

11. Shattered Dreams

12. China In Your Hand

13. Love Changes (Everything)

14. Don't Worry Be Happy

16. Cambodia

17. Don't Waste My Time

18. I Scare Myself

Disc 5

1. Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)

2. I Need You

3. Tarzan Boy

5. Holiday Rap

6. Santa Lucia By Night

7. If Only I Could

9. Respect

11. Disco Band

13. I Can't Wait

14. Time (Clock Of The Heart)

15. Geno

16. Mated

17. We Close Our Eyes

18. Hit Mix

Disc 6

1. Atomic

3. Heart And Soul

4. Missing You

5. Comin' On Strong

7. Mony Mony

8. Let's Go All The Way

9. Together We Are Beautiful

10. I Am The Beat

11. Gimme Hope Jo'anna

12. The Harder I Try

13. Hyperactive!

14. Victims

15. Temptation

16. Chequered Love

17. Respectable

Disc 7

1. Sunglasses

2. All Stood Still

3. Save A Prayer

4. Wishful Thinking

5. Classic

7. It Started With A Kiss

8. On The Beat

9. Call Me

11. Set Me Free

12. I Want To Wake Up With You

13. Freeze Frame

14. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

15. French Kissin' In The Usa

16. Johnny B. Goode

18. Golden Brown

Disc 8

1. Slippery People (Live)

2. Hey Little Girl

3. Lucky Number

4. Some Like It Hot

5. C'est La Vie

7. Girls On Film

8. Senses Working Overtime

9. Ooh To Be Ah

10. Hip To Be Square

11. Vienna

12. Tonight I Celebrate My Love

13. Lavender

14. Lunatic

15. Room In Your Heart

16. Love Don't Live Here Anymore

17. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

18. Rock Me Tonight

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Track List: Smooth Grooves - After Hours - Cool Down

1. You're Not My Kind Of Girl

2. (You're Puttin') A Rush On Me

3. Keep On Movin'

5. Let Me Be The One

6. Human

10. Change Of Heart

11. Love Zone

12. On The Beat

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