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The New Birth

Formed by Tony Churchill and music-industry veteran Harvey Fuqua, New Birth was originally named the Nite-Liters. As the Nite-Liters, they enjoyed chart action with three R&B hits: "K-Jee," "Afro-Strut," and "Pull Together." Of the three, "K-Jee" was the most successful, peaking at number 17 during a 13-week run.

The roots of the band lie with Leslie and Melvin Wilson, who were gospel singers living in Muskegon, MI. After moving on to Detroit in the late '60s, their interest remained centered in gospel. Melvin Wilson eventually met the Nite-Liters, who at the time were backing Motown artists, and expressed the possibility that he and his brother Leslie could perform with them. As fate would have it, the two brothers became acquainted with former Marvelette Anne Bogan, who introduced them to Fuqua. He had three groups under his tutelage: Love Peace & Happiness (of which Leslie and Melvin became members), the Nite-Liters, and New Birth. All but two members of New Birth had left the group around this time, leaving just Londee Loren and Bobby Downs. The three groups toured, backed each other up, and ultimately merged into one, with New Birth the name of the new group.

Leslie, with his feisty vocals, and Melvin, with his more serene appeal, emerged as the primary lead singers. New Birth's first release was the R&B Top Ten single "I Can Understand It." Led by Leslie Wilson's intense vocals and reminiscent of Bobby Womack, the single zoomed up the charts, peaking at number four after only 12 weeks. In January of 1974 they released "It's Been a Long Time," one of their celebrated hits and another Top Ten entry. That single was followed by the classic, soulful ballad "Wildflower." During this time, the group was living in California, which presented problems; from egotism associated with the lights of Tinseltown to group-management problems, the band's best interests began to suffer. Consequently, New Birth terminated its affiliation with their founder and producer Fuqua, manager Jerry Weintraub, and RCA Records. In mid-1975 they signed with Buddah Records and immediately recorded their first and only number R&B one, "Dream Merchant." They recorded just one album for Buddah, however, before signing with Warner Bros. and later Ariola. In 1977, Leslie and Melvin Wilson left the group, and by 1979 the rest of the group had disbanded. However, in 1994, Leslie and Melvin re-formed the group and began performing at venues around the nation. ~ Craig Lytle, Rovi
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I grew up with new birth one of my fav bands
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New birth made one of the worlds greatest records' wild flower' I dedicated to my wife and all the true woman of the world !
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understand me like i understand you......ooo ooo....give me little love
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New Birth did not get the credit they deserve
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@ rcanada not sure about u. dat fr James Brown.
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Do. It. On. The. Good. Foot !!! Good. Dance. Tune!!!!!
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you for me and me for you...ah
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Here. We. Go !!!!!! Hang. On. Love. This. Tune. To. Death. S**t
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It. Been. A. Long. Time!!!! Another. Good. Band!!!! Not. Enough. Credit !!!! Soulful. Band. And. Funky. Yeah!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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A free and gentle flower growing wild........ . . a h yeah
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New Birth took me back from when I was in High school. Love them!
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too bad. I d dnot know about their problems. glad I did not know.
i really liked their songs.
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Oh my if this group had stayed together after it took so long to get over the hump they could have been there with the very best groups of all time.
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Man I was in Jr High School.
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wild flowers are the most beautiful... . b u t you must look at them deeply
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Love u Richard.. Thank you 4 understandin g . . a n d NVR giveing up believeing 4 me...AM BACK LOVE U!!! SEE U SO SOON BABY!!!! I GOT IT THANK YOU
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Its been such a long time,,,,touc h e s me deep down in my soul....unde r s t a n d me like i understand you........o o o o o baby
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Thedoctor456 that was the record
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bluecars1491 7 3
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Oh yea !!
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sterlingfrie r s o n 5 6
Nothing but shear love going on right now..
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That all any man would want is to be understood hang on gave me a little love
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That's a true statement, just be good.
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This jam all time
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This my Jamm!
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so many wild flowers in the world with the rain falling down upon them...bloom s in any season growing wild with roots deep in the earth...sing it
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This was me
Now I'm a new lady. Love this song. New birth oh yeah !!!
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hy7255
New Birth music always bumpin. Robert Moose Young Shout out to dirty south. Spartanburg. Picture me rollin. Highland
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Life is good and continually getting better, MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Love this group
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this song is an experience
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New Birth is the s**t. They really put the "S" in soul Robert
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Classic! Real music.
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terrbrandis
The New Birth has gotten me thru sime major cjanges in my life-their song Wildflower gave me strength!!
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Sleaster1 feels like old at Carl's fountain Alberta va
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One of my favorite song by the new birth
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THE MOST ULTIMATE LOVE MAKING SONG!!!!
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Why were my eyes to blind to see
What a jam!
Love NEW BIRTH
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New Birth!, be born again. Just one time, for the road. No, It's Shew' Baby! lol
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Wish we had this kind of music BACK!
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Let me wake my husband...my m y m y !
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Wow! What they could do to a song...made it their own
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Unique soulful sound
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New Birth #Gottogetanu t . ."enough said"
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Get back together, give it another shot, I'm waiting on you!
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The birth of Slow jams have been what New Birth copulate. Keep having good sex
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It has been a long time...been to long...make more music
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I'll NEVER get enough of these guys. Their style will live with me until I die. I LOVE Leslie Wilson!!! He has so much soul and he adds sexiness to the songs he sings! It's Been A Long Time OH MY GOD!!!!
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I LOVE this group I still have a copy of there album cover plastered on my locker at work...got a chance to see the original line up in 76 at Olympia stadium in Detroit they brought the egg and all wit em...MIND BLOWING
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I absolutely loved this album as a young child when it first hit the charts...I never understood how a group that talented could break up so soon...Anyho w this album will continue to be cherished by many....
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