First Choice (band)

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First Choice
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Philly soul
Girl group
R&B
Disco
Smooth soul
Pop
Years active 1971–1984
Labels Philly Groove, Gold Mind
Members Annette Guest
Debbie Martin
Joyce Jones
Rochelle Fleming
Ursula Herring

First Choice was an American girl group vocal music trio from Philadelphia. The group produced the disco hits "Armed and Extremely Dangerous", "Smarty Pants", "The Player", "Love Thang", "Let No Man Put Asunder" and "Dr. Love". They were signed to soul label Philly Groove Records and to disco label Salsoul Records.

The group was influential to early house and techno music, because of sampling by many artists, including Todd Terry[1] and The Jungle Brothers,[2][3] mostly from First Choice's 1977 track, "Let No Man Put Asunder", in 1983. "Let No Man Put Asunder" was also covered by Mary J. Blige on her 1999 album Mary.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
1973 Armed and Extremely Dangerous 184 55 Philly Groove
1974 The Player 143 36
1976 So Let Us Entertain You 204 53 Warner Bros.
1977 Delusions 103 Gold Mind
1979 Hold Your Horses 135 58
1980 Breakaway
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of the First Choice (1976, Kory)
  • Greatest Hits (1992, Salsoul)
  • Philly Golden Classics (1994, Collectables)
  • The Best of First Choice (1994, Southbound)
  • Greatest Hits (1996, The Right Stuff)
  • The Best of First Choice (1997, Charly)
  • The Best of First Choice: Armed & Extremely Dangerous (1999, Philly Groove)
  • The Anthology (2005, Suss'd)
  • The Greatest Hits: It's Not Over (2006, Koch)
  • The Best of First Choice (2007, Metro Doubles)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
US
Dan

[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
NLD
[7]
UK
[8]
1972 "This Is The House (Where Love Died)"
1973 "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" 28 11 55 16
"Smarty Pants" 56 25 99 9
1974 "Newsy Neighbors" 97 35
"The Player (Part 1)" 70 7 68
"Guilty" 103 19
1975 "Love Freeze" 61
1976 "Gotta Get Away (From You Baby)" 64 5
"Let Him Go" 97
1977 "Doctor Love" 41 23 8 28
"Love Having You Around" 68
1979 "Hold Your Horses" 73 5
"Double Cross" 104 60
"Love Thang" 52
1980 "Breakaway" 80
1983 "Let No Man Put Asunder" (EP) 13 47
1984 "Doctor Love" (re-release) 61
1999 "Dr. Love" (remixes) 22
2001 "The Player" (remixes) 7
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal House - Can You Party (Todd Terry's B.Boy Remix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Jungle Brothers - I'll House You (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Todd Terry Presents Sax - This Will Be Mine (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > First Choice". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > First Choice". RPM. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  7. ^ "NLD Charts > First Choice". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  8. ^ "UK Charts > First Choice". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 

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