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Peaches & Herb

Though soul/pop Peaches and Herb was billed as a duo, their group member rotation is more similar to a group's. The original Peaches, Francine Hurd Barker, a Washington, D.C., native, earned the childhood nickname "Peaches" because of her genteel manner. She sang in neighborhood groups and in her teens she became the lead singer for a group named the Keynotes. Starting her own group, the Darlettes, they auditioned for and were signed to D.C.-area label Date Records, where their name was changed to the Sweet Things. Herb Fame, born Herbert Feemster on October 1, 1942, in Washington, D.C., began singing in church at seven and continued singing through the years in neighborhood groups. After high school graduation, Herb began working at a record store. His friend, Howard University student Freddie Perren, worked at another record store, Sabin's right around the corner. One day in January 1965, producer Van McCoy came into the store Herb worked in to ask about doing in-store promotion for a group he was working with called the Sweet Things. He and Herb began having conversations that lead to Herb auditioning for and signing with Date Records as a solo artist. While in New York recording the two acts, the Sweet Things and Herb Fame, separately, McCoy decided to use some leftover recording time to record Herb and Francine as a duo. The original A-side, "We're in This Thing Together," failed to generate much interest. Then a disc jockey at St. Louis, MO, radio station KATZ flipped the single over and began playing the B-side, "Let's Fall in Love." It became Peaches and Herb's first hit single; it was a remake of a number one pop hit for Eddy Duchin from 1934 that went to number 11 R&B in December 1966. The follow-up, "Close Your Eyes" written by Chuck Willis, hit number four R&B, number eight pop in April 1967. As the hits continued, the duo earned the nickname the Sweethearts of Soul. Next came "For Your Love" (number ten R&B, July 1967), "Love Is Strange" (a remake of Mickey & Sylvia's 1956 hit), and "Two Little Kids," written by Chicago soul stalwarts Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record, and Carl Davis. The duo released two hit albums in 1967 Let's Fall in Love" and For Your Love. This same year, Francine "Peaches" Barker tired of the rigors of touring and she was replaced with a succession of "Peacheses" including Marlene Mack, thus initiating a practice that goes on to this day. Voted one of the top soul duos of the day by Cashbox Magazine, Peaches and Herb continued to have hits: "The Ten Commandments of Love"; Gamble & Huff wrote and produced "United," a 1966 R&B hit for the Intruders; and "When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)," a number ten R&B hit from spring 1969. The single "It's Just a Game, Love" (from the Jim Brown movie The Split), which stalled at number 50 R&B and number pop in summer 1970, was Peaches and Herb's last charting single on Date. Despondent over the act's failing chart success, Herb abruptly quit Peaches and Herb and got a job with the Washington, D.C. Police Department in July 1970. Then in 1976, Herb decided to re-enter the music business. He found his "new" Peaches in fellow D.C. resident and former model Linda Greene through a mutual introduction by Van McCoy. The duo charted again in June 1977 with "We're Still Together" on MCA Records from a self-titled album produced by Van McCoy. The following year, they signed with Herb's old friend, songwriter/producer Freddie Perren's production company MVP Productions. Perren had produced and co-written million-selling hits by the Jackson 5, the Miracles, and the Sylvers, among others. Through him, the duo inked a deal with Polydor Records. Their first Polydor single, "Shake Your Groove Thing," went gold peaking at number four R&B and number five pop in late 1978. The creamy ballad "Reunited" seemed an unlikely follow-up to the disco-oriented "Shake." The naysayers watched in shock as "Reunited" earned platinum status, holding on to the number one spot for four weeks on both the R&B and pop charts during spring 1979. Both are on the platinum album 2 Hot (released October 1978). The majority of their Polydor hits were written by Perren, Dino Fekaris, Kenny St. Lewis, and Melvin Ragin. Though there were other hits on Polydor, none came close to the success of their early- to mid-'60s Date singles. Though Herb Fame believes it can happen again and employs a new "Peaches" to keep the name current while he holds down a job in the Washington, D.C. police department. ~ Ed Hogan
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Herb and Linda were the nicest people I had met in the music business (at that time). I was 17 and was given the task of being their chauffeur by Butterball (Wade Briggs) while they were in Detroit. WCHB threw them a party at King's Row in Detroit. I was only supposed to drop them off (I was underage), but it was Herb and Peaches who brought me through the door saying I was their escort! It was a night I will never forget!
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Love it
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Such Beautiful words!!!!!
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Old school
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Dat. Thang. Shaking. Groove.
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good ole days
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Yes its a. Groove. Thang
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tmitch1217
LOVE THIS SONG
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They got Reunited then what? Where are they now come back we miss you! RQ/rlh-
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Memories
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Great song
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The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert LMAO
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Great song
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Close ur eyes baby,I love u darling!
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Yes''Memorie s
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This a song you can't help but Move your body to
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THAT 70'S SHOW MUSICAL..... . . . . . . . . . . .
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Shake it shake it. Plz
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travieso2011
Yeah, this is music for dance.
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balexander54 1 0
We need this type of music today to back the love
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Such a great song... Nostalgia overload. :=)
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Great duo. Great songs & vocal harmonies. Brings back such wonderful memories.
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seanagoodwin
Love this song!!
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YES!!,MEMORI E S . . .
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My love
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Reunited and it feels soooooo good ;)
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You go
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soukuprick5
This was my wedding song in 2000. Great duet
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Oh yea, shake that groove thing, show em how we do it now, need a dancin partner abou now...
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Didn't Peaches & Herb make a song called Let's Fall In Love?
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no...pineapp l e guava is bad jam...unless you put in on an onion & peanut butter sandwtch.. .
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Bad jam :-*
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danellehildi t c h
Wow hey that's from an extremely goofy movie I know this my lil sis Luvs this
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I just noticed your comment Dee Kelley...ha ha ha too funny great minds think in the same direction
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not bad but doesn't compare to THE FIVE KEYS version { wouldnt you agree Dee Kelley ?
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It's the bass. (What I play). My first real concert was E,W&F but I saw Peaches & Herb even before that at Disneyland. Great show too.
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claire2895
Dance to this song & you'll know you did something. What a great beat!
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Nice music
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Close Your Eyes by Peaches and Herb is ok BUT they are NOT the Five Keys AND NEVER WILL BE!
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Wow! Roller City West good times good music
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they think dancing is not cool now daze but i did see 13 rappers jumping round with there pants down dancing with each other
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The love recipe: *Peaches & Herb* Thank you for spreading so much love with your beautiful, great music!
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sayajin21
Wow. Never knew they were from the DMV up until now. That's nice to know.
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susiej26
Love and miss this kind of music
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the bomb
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; ) YEA shake it ,rightt on tune
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What a nice, warm love song :-)
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i love ur music
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twoslydogs
this one takes me back, all i wanna do is shake my groove thang
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gina_1sis
I like the music from the '60' Let's fall in Love&amp ; Close your eyes.are one of my favored.

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