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 "Mary" album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album 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 the release failed to chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Record label
US US
R&B
1994 Philly Golden Classics Collectables
The Best of First Choice Southbound
1996 Greatest Hits Capitol
2006 The Greatest Hits: It's Not Over Koch Records
"—" denotes the release failed to chart

Singles[edit]

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

[4]
US
Dance

[4]
UK
[5]
1972 "This Is The House (Where Love Died)"
1973 "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" 28 11 16
"Smarty Pants" 56 25 9
1974 "Newsy Neighbors" 97 35
"The Player (Part 1)" 70 7
"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
"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
1984 "Doctor Love" (re-release) 61
1999 "Dr. Love" (remixes) 22
2001 "The Player" (remixes) 7
"—" denotes the release failed to chart

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