Hi-Five

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Hi-Five
Origin Waco, Texas
Genres R&B, pop, new jack swing
Occupations Vocal music group
Years active 1990–1994
2005–present
Members Marcus Sanders
Treston Irby
Shannon Gill
Faruq Evans
Dre Ramseur
Past members Tony Thompson (deceased)
Russell Neal
Roderick Clark
Ricky 'Rickonia' Smith
Toriano Easley

Hi-Five is an American R&B quintet based in Waco, Texas, which had a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 in the early 1990s with "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)". The band was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson, Roderick "Pooh" Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.

Rise to fame[edit]

Hi-Five was originally signed to Jive Records in late 1989 and released their first album, Hi-Five, in 1990.[1] The album went platinum and was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley; it included such singles as "I Just Can't Handle It" (R&B #10), "I Can't Wait Another Minute" (Pop #8, R&B #1), and their biggest hit to date, "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)", which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] The group was aggressively marketed by Jive and was part of the "new jack swing" sound that dominated much of the early to mid-1990s urban contemporary radio format. Hi-Five enjoyed marginal mainstream success and were essentially similar in design to R&B counterparts such as H-Town, Silk, Shai, Public Announcement, and perhaps most notably, Boyz II Men. The groups single, "Too Young" was featured on John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood, the soundtrack from the movie.

Hi-Five's second LP, Keep It Goin' On, came out in 1992. Though not as successful as their debut effort, several tracks from this album, including "She's Playing Hard To Get" (Pop #5, R&B #2) and the R. Kelly-penned "Quality Time" (Pop #38, R&B #3) got major airplay in East Coast (US) urban markets. Shortly after this album was released, Roderick "Pooh" Clark was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident. In 1993, Hi-Five emerged with a third album, Faithful, which featured the songs "Unconditional Love" (Pop #92, R&B #21) and "Never Should've Let You Go" (Pop #30, R&B #10).[2] "Unconditional Love" was also featured in the multi-platinum Menace II Society soundtrack, and received extensive airplay on urban contemporary stations throughout the summer of 1993 as the movie increased in popularity."Never Should've Let You Go" was featured in the 'Sister Act 2' soundtrack.

Later years[edit]

After Hi-Five disbanded around 1994, Thompson released a solo album, Sexsational, in 1995. He later reunited Hi-Five on his own independent N'Depth label for the release of the album The Return in 2006.[3]

On June 1, 2007, police found Thompson dead near an air conditioning unit behind an East Waco apartment complex.[4] A later autopsy revealed he had died as a result of inhaling freon from an air conditioning unit.[5]

In 2011, Treston Irby released his debut solo single "Everything" under the mantle Tru$ on his independent label, Bronx Most Wanted Ent. In 2012, Irby, Shannon Gill and Marcus Sanders reformed Hi-Five with two new members and have released a new single called "Favorite Girl" also on the BMW label.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
1990 Hi-Five
  • Release date: September 25, 1990
  • Label: Jive
38 1
1992 Keep It Goin' On
  • Release date: August 11, 1992
  • Label: Jive
82 9
1993 Faithful
  • Release date: October 15, 1993
  • Label: Jive
105 23
2005 The Return
  • Release date: October 1, 2005
  • Label: N' Depth Entertainment
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
1994 Greatest Hits
  • Released: October 11, 1994
  • Label: Jive

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
US
A/C

[6]
AUS
[8]
GER
[9]
NLD
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
1990 "I Just Can't Handle It" 10 20 Hi-Five
1991 "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" 1 1 42 47 41 47 43 43
"I Can't Wait Another Minute" 8 1 30
"Just Another Girlfriend" 88 41
1992 "She's Playing Hard to Get" 5 2 46 76 14 55 Keep It Goin' On
"Quality Time" 38 3 36
1993 "Mary, Mary" 50
"Unconditional Love" 92 21 Faithful
"Never Should've Let You Go" 30 10 38
1994 "Faithful" 52
"What Can I Say to You (To Justify My Love)" (with Nuttin' Nyce) 72
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "I Just Can't Handle It" Antoine Fuqua
1991 "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)"
"I Can't Wait Another Minute"
"Just Another Girlfriend"
1992 "She's Playing Hard to Get"[13] Lionel C. Martin
"Quality Time"
1993 "Unconditional Love" Marcus Nispel
"Never Should've Let You Go"
1994 "Faithful"
"What Can I Say to You (To Justify My Love)" (w/ Nuttin Nyce)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remembering Rhythm & Blues: January 2007". Rememberingrhythmandblues.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Hi-Five Billboard Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Hi-Five's Tony Thompson Dies At 31". Billboard.com. 
  4. ^ "Local Music Icon Found Dead". KXXV.com. 
  5. ^ "Family and friends remember Waco singer Tony Thompson at headstone ceremony". Waco Tribune-Herald. 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Hi-Five". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  7. ^ a b c "US Certifications > Hi-Five". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  8. ^ "AUS Charts > Hi-Five". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  9. ^ "GER Charts > Hi-Five". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  10. ^ "NLD Charts > Hi-Five". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  11. ^ "NZ Charts > Hi-Five". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  12. ^ "UK Charts > Hi-Five". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  13. ^ ""She's Playing Hard to Get" by Hi-Five". VH1. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 

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