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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of Tavares

2. Check It Out

4. Remember What I Told You To Forget

5. Too Late

6. She's Gone

7. It Only Takes A Minute

8. The Love I Never Had

9. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

10. Don't Take Away The Music

11. Whodunit

13. More Than A Woman

14. Never Had A Love Like This Before

15. Bad Times

16. Loveline

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Thy best music ever!!!!!
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Miss u !!!!
L love this song!
You a special person
In my life
But where are you!
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Love them still!
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❤❤❤❤❤
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This song is for a very special Attorney!!!!
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One of favorites of all time
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I love this song!!
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This just takes me back these kids don't know this is Music 4sure Real music
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my favorite one is never had a love it really brings the best in me i am marreid to a beautful name betty she is the best thing that ever happened to me i can here it over and over again it really makes me cry how about you.
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Love it
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I love Tavares!!!!! I listen to you guys all day and even try to do the moves! Lol
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Now i know im old. But no music like this now! Ty
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The love I never had by tavares great oldie
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I love the classic old school
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Ok version, but Hall & Oates is still the best!!!
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WOW- A Classic
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I went to school with Butch and Tiny in Providence always good guys
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Great song
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Lived and started their music in PROVIDENCE, RI before moving to Massachusets
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great music
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Reminds me of Chicago's south side in the 70's. There was nothing like that time!!!
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This is the jam!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love this song.
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Heaven Must Be Missin an Angel reminds me of Danny Terio and the show Dance Fever. Like the song nothing like the oldie but goodies!
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Check it out look into my eyes are you really mine
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Love this beat...Sugar sugar sugar melody
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Love this group!!
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katieclaireh
I remember when Anthony Fedorov sang this song during season 4 of American Idol.
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Check it out love this oldie brings back so many memories
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Anybody. Know. What. I'm. Talking. About?? Never. Had a. Love. Like. This. Before. Say. Oh. Yeah
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Memories r made of this
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Check it out
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Great memories. I'd do it all over again if I could.
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These are good memories.
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IT BEEN A YEAR MY LIT CUZ PASSED AWAY.... I CRIED ON WAY HOME .... I MISS HER SO VERY MUCH HER WAS FIRST COUSIN BABY GIRL... I LOVE YOU CUZ SMILE...
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Check it out baby
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Classic
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Never. Had. A. Love. Like. This. Before!!!!!! ! I. Know. That. Right. !!!!!
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Wow! I used to believe the ideas conveyed in these songs! I miss that!
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wilfredoespa d a
Good years1970
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Great song good memories
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I used to sing with a group of talented guys back in the day and Tavares was one of our favorite groups. In fact, Remember What I Told You Forget was my first solo. Wow!!!!
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I want all I can get
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My sister love u guys so much she named her son after u guys love y'all
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YOU... MASCARENO
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Wow is all I can say.
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Will whoever dunit please step up!
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I love Tavares group
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A great compliment was given to me when I told I sound like the lead singer from this group.
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This group can SING!!!
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