LeVert

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LeVert
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres New jack swing, R&B, pop
Years active 1984–present
Labels Atlantic Records, Rhino
Associated acts The O'Jays, Gerald Levert, The Rude Boys, Men At Large
Past members

LeVert was an R&B/pop singing group, formed in Ohio in 1984, composed of Sean and Gerald Levert---sons of Eddie Levert, founder of the O'Jays---and Marc Gordon.[1]

Biography[edit]

The group released their first single, "I'm Still", for Harry Coombes's Tempre label.[1] In 1985, they released their debut album, I Get Hot, which included tracks whose vocals drew strong comparisons to Sean and Gerald Levert's father Eddie. Bloodline followed in 1986, and this album included the band's first big R&B hit "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind", a track that went all the way to Number One. However, the band's next album, 1987's The Big Throwdown became an even bigger success, on the strength of the Number One R&B hit "Casanova", which gave them a crossover onto the pop chart (number 5) and also the UK Top 10. A pair of additional R&B Top Five singles were also released from this album: "My Forever Love" and "Sweet Sensation" . The band's success continued with their 1988 follow-up album Just Coolin', which was nominated as Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album for the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. Both The Big Throwdown and Just Coolin' received gold certification.

Beginning in the 1990s, Gerald began dividing his time between LeVert, and his solo career, but the band released three more albums, and Rhino Records released a greatest hits compilation album in 2001.

Gerald's death[edit]

Gerald died of a heart attack due to an accidental overdose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in November 2006.[2][3]

Sean's death[edit]

Sean Levert died in March 2008, while serving time in the Cuyahoga County Jail for failing to pay child support.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

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

[6]
CAN
[7]
UK
[8]
1985 I Get Hot
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Tempre
1986 Bloodline 192 8
1987 The Big Throwdown
  • Release date: July 27, 1987
  • Label: Atlantic
32 3 89 86
1988 Just Coolin'
  • Release date: October 18, 1988
  • Label: Atlantic
79 6
1990 Rope a Dope Style
  • Release date: October 16, 1990
  • Label: Atlantic
122 9
1993 For Real Tho'
  • Release date: March 16, 1993
  • Label: Atlantic
35 3
1997 The Whole Scenario
  • Release date: February 28, 1997
  • Label: Atlantic
49 10
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of LeVert (2001, Rhino)
  • Just Coolin' and Other Hits (2004, Rhino)

Singles[edit]

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

[6]
US
Dan

[6]
CAN
[7]
UK
[8]
1985 "I'm Still" 70 I Get Hot
"Dancing with You"
1986 "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind" 1 Bloodline
"Let's Go Out Tonight" 14
1987 "Fascination" 26
"Casanova" 5 1 27 11 9 The Big Throwdown
"My Forever Love" 2
1988 "Sweet Sensation" 4
"Addicted to You" 1 Just Coolin'
"Pull Over" 2
1989 "Just Coolin'" (featuring Heavy D) 1 19
"Gotta Get the Money" 4
"Smilin'" 16
1990 "Rope a Dope Style" 7 Rope a Dope Style
"All Season" 4
1991 "Baby I'm Ready" 1
"Give a Little Love" 63
1993 "Good Ol' Days" 78 12 For Real Tho'
"abc-123" 46 5
"Do the Thangs" 41
1997 "Tru Dat" (featuring Yo-Yo & Queen Pen) 107 52 The Whole Scenario
"Sorry Is" (featuring Terry Ellis) 113 33
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Chart position Album
US
R&B
1991 "For the Love of Money" / "Living for the City" (medley)
(with Troop featuring Queen Latifah)
12 New Jack City

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