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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 15th Avenue

1. (Intro) M.S. In The House

2. Luv 2 Get 2 Know You

3. 15th Avenue

4. I Like (When You Dance With Me)

5. Hooked On You

6. Just Flow With Me

7. 'Vip'

8. Caught Up In The Moment

9. Should Have Been Me

10. Black Girl

11. Just Because I Love You

12. Out Tonight

13. We Meant To Be

14. Movin' On

15. 15th Avenue (Old School Mix)

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Track List: Headlines

1. Headlines

2. Midas Touch

3. Stay Here By My Side

4. Close To Midnight

5. Get Dressed

6. Engine No.9

7. Close Encounter

8. Dead End

9. Searching For Love

10. Headlines (Instrumental)

11. Midas Touch (12'' Version)

12. Headlines (12'' Version)

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Track List: Planetary Invasion

1. Body Snatchers

2. Scientific Love

3. Let's Celebrate

4. Curious

5. Planetary Invasion

6. Operator

7. Today My Love

8. Can You Stay With Me

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Track List: No Parking On The Dance Floor

1. Electricity

2. Night Rider

3. Feels So Good

4. Wet My Whistle

6. Freak-A-Zoid

7. Slow Jam

8. Playmates

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Great memories❤️
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Nice i love it
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Love this song...
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I love their music. Full of love and excitement. One of my favorite bands
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Curious, just one of my many favorites by this band
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Memories of young love at the Skating Rink... Twin City~
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Love this band have seen them many times over the years
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What, are u , what- Slow Jam and that is what is was - SLOW JAM. The basement parties was that cut. Damn, brought back good times . "SLOW JAM"! Got to be real.
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Dance and fell in love on a Slow Jam ..., oh yeah ....
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zeespecialon e
I love this band one of fav. I enjoy there energetic beats. Makes me dance all the time.
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mariawiggins _ 6 6
Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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Am curious what happened to our music .....for real
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I Grew Up With This Group South Side Of Flint
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Party....... P a r t y over here.......t h i s throwback by Midnight Star always made for a crowded dance floor.
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I love this song
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TOUCH,TOUCH, DA MIDAS TOUCH!!!!!!!
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geraldoatlar g e
"The Midas Touch" will always be the jam.
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The Midas Touch will always be the jam
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This is a jam that u can dance to partying with the homies and homegirls bumping those funk songs in the city of orangecrusin g in your car up and orange county this is what my babyboy would do all the time i love you baby with all my heart and soul in loving memory of you sergio wizard vasquez rest in peace honor love and respect to this naranjerofor life servio vasquez aka wizard forever in our hearts....
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One of best Album ever
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Yes album No Parking On The Dance Floor it's off the chain
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Great song
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Operator was the jam
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Electricity turn me on ��
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I thout it said " No Barking "
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Slow Jam was the lights out against the wall joint
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Hell yeah this is one of my favorites
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Me and my boys would tear the floor.
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Look this song ride all day
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I have Midnight Star on my favorites and on a daily basis I have to hear at least one song.
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This is the music that moves me!!!
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Yessssss this is the jam,
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Old school funk can't be touch
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Brings back memories!
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Love this funk songs
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Still love this song
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Love the music Brooklyn East N Y was the best year 80 90
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Real grown folk music!!!! Not this gaga music nowadays.... s t i l l luv y'all????rip ma n lil bro n pa dukes 4eva
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That is real music
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24'7
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Great Music Isn't It
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Hump"n ( Don't Force ME TO GIVE YOU A TICKET I LIKE IT....
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This is Solid gold
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