100 Proof (Aged in Soul)

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100 Proof (Aged in Soul) was an American funk/soul group, who were formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1969. Put together by Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, they signed to Hot Wax Records and went on to release several hit singles between 1969 and 1972. The biggest of these, "Somebody's Been Sleeping", which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. This disc sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A..[1]

They broke up in 1973, although the name was re-used for a totally different line-up of musicians for a short period in 1977.[2]

Members[edit]

  • Steve Mancha (born Clyde Darnell Wilson), (December 25, 1945 – January 8, 2011)[3]
  • Eddie Holiday (born Eddie Anderson) (former lead singer of The Holidays), (Deceased)
  • Joe Stubbs (born Joseph Stubbles) (formerly of The Contours, The Originals and The Falcons; brother of Levi Stubbs), (1942 – February 5, 1998)[4]
  • Carlis McKinley "Sonny" Monroe (former lead singer of The Falcons, The Firestones and The Fabulous Playboys), (March 20, 1938 – March 24, 2009)[5]
  • Donald (Don) Hatcher (former bass player for the instrumental group the Fun Co, backing band for Bettye Lavette), (December 29, 1949 – 2005)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed (Hot Wax, 1971) U.S. #151, U.S. Black Albums #31[6]
  • 100 Proof (Hot Wax, 1972) US Black Albums #40

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[7]
U.S. Pop Singles U.S. Black Singles
1969 "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)" 94 24
1970 "Somebody's Been Sleeping" 8 6
1971 "One Man's Leftovers (Is Another Man's Feast)" 96 37
"Driveway" - 33
"90 Day Freeze" - 34
1972 "Everything Good Is Bad" 45 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 280. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ 2011 January to June. The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  4. ^ The Dead Rock Stars Club 1998 - 1999. Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  5. ^ The Dead Rock Stars Club 2009 January to June. Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  7. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.