Men at Large

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Men at Large
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres R&B, new jack swing
Years active 1992–present
Labels East West
Members David L. Tolliver
Edgar "Gemini" Porter
Past members Jason L. Champion

Men at Large is an American R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio, whose members, David Tolliver and Jason Champion and now, Edgar "Gemini" Porter, frequently self-referenced their obesity.[citation needed] They scored several US hits in the mid-1990s and were discovered by the late soul singer Gerald Levert.

Career[edit]

In 1992, Men at Large released their self-titled debut on the Atlantic label. Their first single, "Use Me", became an instant radio hit inspiring B.E.T to use it for a station jingle. They would go on to release four more singles from the CD: "You Me", "Umm Umm Good", "Would You Like to Dance" and "So Alone" which made Billboard Hot 100 and was radio's #1 song of the year in 1993. Traveling the world with other '90s cohorts (The Rude Boys, Shai, Silk, H-Town, Levert II, Next etc.), they would leave each city with the reputation of being "Show Stoppers!"[citation needed]

In 1994, they released One Size Fits All gaining less success as the first album but still garnering critical acclaim. Two singles were released, "Let's Talk About It" and "Holiday" (top 10 and 20 respectively). Later, the duo would sever ties with the Levert camp, relinquishing all rights to any future royalties. Jason Champion later left the group.

In 1999, the album Love Struggle and Progress was released. In 2007, they released Back on Top.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label US R&B Chart[1] US Top 200[1]
1992 Men at Large East West Records 24 122
1994 One Size Fits All 17 151
1999 Love Struggle & Progress Rival Records - -
2007 Back on Top Couzan/Pyramid Media - -

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[2]
Billboard Hot 100 US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles
1992 "So Alone" 31 5
"Use Me" - 9
"You Me" - 29
1993 "Um Um Good" - 39
"Would You Like to Dance (With Me)" - 87
1994 "Let's Talk About It" - 16
1995 "Holiday" - 62
1999 "If He Really Loves You" - -
2007 "Ayo" - -
"Out of Town Lover" - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.