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Tavares

The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such up-tempo hits as the million-selling single "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," "More Than a Woman," and "Whodunit," but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad "Check It Out." Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, young-men-next-door image made them favorites on TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone" written by the then relative unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.

The Tavares brothers -- Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares nicknamed "Pooch," "Tiny," "Chubby," and "Butch" -- started the group in 1964 as Chubby and the Turnpikes in New Bedford, MA. Their grandparents taught them traditional Cape Verde folk songs, while their older brother John schooled them on doo wop singing. In 1969, the group became Tavares. They began singing in New England clubs and were signed to Capitol Records in 1973. Their debut album, Check It Out , was issued in early 1974. The title track slow jam single went to number five R&B on Billboard's charts in summer 1973. The next single, the ballad "That's the Sound That Lonely Makes," hit number ten R&B in early 1974. Check It Out was followed by Hard Core Poetry in summer 1974, helmed by songwriting/production duo Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter (the Four Tops' "Aint No Woman Like the One I Got"). It listed the soaring number ten hit "Too Late," the number one hit "She's Gone," and "Remember What I Told You to Forget," which hit number four in 1975. Lambert & Potter produced In the City (summer 1975), which yielded the driving number one hit "It Only Takes a Minute," "Free Ride" (a 1973 pop smash for the Edgar Winter Group), and "The Love I Never Had." Take That's 1993 cover of "It Only Takes a Minute" was a U.K. hit.

Tavares' album Sky High (spring 1976) was the group's first collaboration with producer Freddie Perren. Perren seemed to have an affinity for family singing groups, having had hits with the Jackson 5 ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save") as a member of the Motown arrangers/songwriters/producers collective The Corporation, and would later go to have hits with the Sylvers ("Boogie Fever"). Sky High boasted the sparkling number three R&B hit "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part 1)" from summer 1976. Their fifth LP, Love Storm was issued in spring 1977 and included the clever number one R&B hit "Whodunit" in spring 1977.

"More Than a Woman" was specifically written for Tavares by the Bee Gees and was issued as a single from the 11-million-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. "More Than a Woman" was also on their Future Bound LP released in spring 1978. A greatest hits set, The Best of Tavares, was released in fall 1977. On 1979's Madame Butterfly LP, the group worked with Philly soul arranger/producer Bobby Martin (the Manhattans, LTD). The sweet ballad "Never Had a Love Like This Before" went to number five R&B in early 1979.

In 1994, Canadian label Unidisc released The Best of Tavares Revisited, which had re-recordings by the group of their past hits. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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Excellent harmonies.
"She's Gone"Gangsta - G i r l in your hand
Slipping away from my pleasure to-be forgotten
Wishing upon a star to-find where is the love
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 8 m 1 4 y ~
coolcarl88
INCREDIBLE harmony.
GOD GOT HIS PREFECT ANGEL LOVE AND MISS LIT CUZ SMILE....
LOVE THE MUSIC BACK THEN REMIND ME ABOUT MY OWN PLACES AND SPACES IN MY LIFE LISTENING TO THIS KIND OF MUSIC LOVE IT SMILE.......
Love....
I used to listen to Tavares in school back in the day. They were a part of The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
sjceraldi
The Best! Heaven must me MISSING an Angel!
"PLEASE REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU TO FORGET"!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
1 of the MOST AWESOME SONGS EVER SUNG in the whole HISTORY of MUSIC!!!!!
=-O =-O =-O =-O =-O!!!!!
Mmm-Hmmmmmm, da`s RIGHT!!!!! :-D
Best song on this CD, Don't Take Away The Music.
These were the great days of disco dancing penthouse warm beer lousy food 2001 sat night fever we went from the great groups of the fifties to the dancing era of the 70
This is myjam
Yougo
williamsthom a s 8
B n whit u n wonderful n it only takes a min. R the ones 4me oooyeah!
stpratcher
New school can't touch old school!
katieclaireh
I heard Anthony Fedorov do a version of this song during the fourth season of American Idol back in 2005... I love it...
I love me some Tavares! Every time I hear Heaven Must Be Missin' an Angel I get a big grin on my face, and I just have to sing along with it!
edalexx
While drinking my OG Black Gourmet Coffee from: simplymarvel o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m let me tell you, we all grew up the marvelous sounds of the Tavares, and their style and delivery can never be replaced. Wow
Great group and even better people!!
I LOVE HOW THEY PREFORMED ON SOUL TRAIN LOVE YOU ALL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. AND PHILLY HAVE THEIR ANGELS ON EARTH SMILE..
una de mis rolas mas favoritas de todo el tiempo.....t a k e s me back bout 35 yrs
I love Tavares. One of my favorite groups of all time.
One of my all time favorites from Tavares.
The Tavares does More Than a Woman better than the Bee Gees! It's a beautiful song that I love to sing to.
sizzzla2
When I typed this groups name into the new station field, this was the exact song I wanted to hear by them!

NICE!!!!
kt_martin
iam so lucky to come from the same town they came from heard them a lot when I was growing up
of coursed keefe...and salt and pepper in kenmore sq and kix...:)
dkeefe123
Saw Tavares Brothers at the Sugar Shack in Boston, maybe 35 years ago. My girlfriend now my wife and I loved the music. We were the only "white people" in the club. Does anyone remember the Sugar Shack? Or Kix night club in Kenmore Square?
just want to say that I'm proud of my dad and all my uncles. This is b tavares
Need that drink to make that quick decision!
I know shocked me too
I DID NOT KNOW THE BEE GEES STOLE MORE THAN A WOMAN FROM THEM AND MADE MILLIONS.... MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH.
Hall and Oates did this song as well. I like this one and when Hall and Oates sang this as well. Both are great.
Those were the days...I can remember seeing them in concerts all over New England and also TV...Still my fav and always will be...Hoping they reunite for a now a day show...Love their music...Tava r e s forever!!!
I love the way they sing I listen to there song's all the time love them
Bad Times, Man what a Jam!!!
Great music!
I named my nephew Tavares. I fell in love with the group the first time I heard Never Had A Love Like This Before. I cant find that song anywhere, I would love to hear it again and share it because I never had a love like this before!
TRISHA LACKIE REMEMBERS GOOD TIMES HANGING OUT WITH THE TAVARES FAMILY AT BABSEY'S HOUSE ON TYLER AVE!
No one's making this music today. It is just so positive and upbeat. These guys are great, and the harmonies... . .
What a fabulous Song! You just have to get up and dance!
lilmama4626
Check it Out is one of my FAVORITE Tavares songs....... . . . . . . . . Great family group....... . .
madsmoky
met tavares brothers in Bermuda on our honeymoon 38 yrs ago.
I haven't heard some of their toons maybe for 20-30 years, I might make a request on the oldy station around 9-2 but, tommorow never comes! I think of doing more things to do that I just don't!
Know them well childhood friends they are great.
punjam,fred boone and myself brought songs by the group tavares back to the forefront in niagara falls new york. our sweet three part harmony was second to none. thanks tavares for the nice dinner you shared with me at the grand opening of the maple leaf village.(can a d a )
sweeet memories
What a talented group!!!
GREAT R+B ISNT IT..oNE OF THE FEW GOOD THINGS TO COME OUT OF NEW BEDFORD, MA... ALONG WITH MY PRETTY WIFE, MICHELLE
boyd9662
Grown kids will be gone for good tommorrow. Will miss them! Will welcome the time with my wife, just me and the Queeen. Tavares!
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