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Midnight Star

The synth-funk unit Midnight Star scored several times on the charts during the mid-'80s, led by their double-platinum album No Parking on the Dance Floor in 1983. Just one of the successful acts on Solar Records (also including Shalamar, Lakeside, and the Whispers), the group was formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University by the Calloway brothers, trumpeter Reginald, and trombone player Vincent, with vocalist Belinda Lipscomb. After signing with RCA near the turn of the decade, Midnight Star recorded their first album in 1980, The Beginning, with a conglomeration of studio players and producers. After moving to the Solar label by 1982, the group released Victory and then added a full band: guitarist Melvin Gentry, bassist Kenneth Gant, drummer Bobby Lovelace, and keyboard player Bo Watson.

Though the Calloways' production skills -- later used to full effect on tracks by Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, and Teddy Pendergrass -- had pushed Midnight Star into the R&B charts during 1981-1982, with singles like "Hot Spot" and "I've Been Watching You," the group was unprepared for the success of the first single from their third proper album, No Parking on the Dance Floor. "Freak-a-Zoid" hit number two on the R&B charts in mid-1983, and though it failed to make the pop Top 40, it pushed the LP over the platinum mark. "Operator," the first single from their next album, Planetary Invasion, became their highest-charting single, making number 18 on the pop charts. By 1986, Headlines had become Midnight Star's third album to at least sell gold, but it proved their last; both Reginald and Vincent left the group to form Calloway in 1988. (Incidentally, the Calloways had introduced future legend Babyface to Solar executives for his first job, and produced Babyface's group the Deele).

Without Reginald and Vincent Calloway to lead the way, Midnight Star fell fast and far. A 1988 self-titled album flopped, and 1990's Work It Out proved to be their last until 2002's 15th Avenue. Since then, the members continued outside collaborations, but they also came together for frequent touring. As late as 2007, the group's lineup featured Lipscomb, Gentry, Watson, Lovelace, and Gant. As Calloway, the Calloways found success with their first single, 1989's "I Wanna Be Rich," which hit number two on the pop charts. The track was their only major hit, followed by "Sir Lancelot" and the title track from their 1990 debut album, All the Way. Calloway returned two years later with Let's Get Smooth, but the album proved their last. The brothers continued working, with Pieces of a Dream and Bootsy Collins, among others. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Keep. It. Up. Pandora !!!!!
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awesome Music
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S**t I am always curious
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O s**t here we go
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cano-144
Good.song.
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This is my jam
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Jean Jean the dancing machine lmao :D
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I used to wear my parents cassette tape out playing it on my walkman. Love the 80's.
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swipe20107
hell f**kin yeah good music
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Slow jam o yea love this song
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I just wished they play another slow jam. 6th ou know thats my favorite
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Th hanks guys for going back with me much luv
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Freak-A-Zoid . . . . t a k e s me back to house parties...8t h grade. Damn I'm old
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Dam I use to get down to this jam
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Get my robot on!! Turn to the right swing arm, now stop, facethe frorward and step. Yaw dont nothing bout that (:
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My jam
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Baby its so easy its alright..... m y aunts and uncle's use to jam to this no parking baby!!!
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JAM ON☺
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I haven't heard of No parking on dance floor but I will look for it.
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No parking on the dance floor ! My jaamm!
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I love this song! The BASS is really bumping on this song!!
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I can't even go to sleep your ( Jamming) Badd !!! ����
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You Jamming Now !!!!'
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all of these songs just bring good times in my life
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Those High school Dances!!!! We Jam off this song ������
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that was the jam baby
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1220amy
Was fortunate to see these guys in concert
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mmmkimber0
"Lovely lady hear my intentions, I've got to have you right her beside me, I'm curious about your loving"! Hey!!! Brought back memories on the dance at the club back in 80's!!!
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Pandora your great, can WE PLEASE GET THE LYRICS BACK
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Alllll get it Pandora sure I remember this this was my cut back in my day still is today say what Go Pandora Go
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Mira Mesa Ca. in the 80's what a great time in my life...♡
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THIS WILL BE AN ALLSKATE,LAD I E S AND GENTLEMAN,PL E A S E SKATE IN THE PROPER DIRECTION.RO F L . . . A N D REMEMBER TO FALL IN FRONT OF THE CUTE GUYS....
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Don't park that bootie!
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Man they were one of the many groups that came out during that time cameo, etc.,, but it was hard two stay on top during that time but they hung as long as they could.
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Cuz i love this slow jam Windows open bumping down the Shaw
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That was jam in my day
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Takes me back to High School.. Great music.
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Remind me of Seattle in the 80's
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Yep.
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High School daze!!!!
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And still will
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Gone by to the day when I would get down
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I met this band and they are very nice people. Cruising music for the early 80's.
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Warren g sampled this into ( this dj )
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mmmkimber0
"Love is a gamble that I want to take with you...I'm curious, about your loving"! The lyrics are wrong in Pandara!! This is the jam!! Ohhhh yeah!!! Midnight Star!
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Awesome songs walk down memory lane
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Awesome skate jam:-}
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Play another Slow Jam this time make it sweet, memories of basement parties with red and yellow lights
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that was the jam back in the dayz
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