One Way (American band)

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One Way
Also known as Al Hudson & the Soul Partners
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres R&B, funk
Years active 1976–c.1988
Labels ABC, MCA, Capitol
Past members Al Hudson
Alicia Myers
Dave Roberson
Cortez Harris
Kevin McCord
Gregory Green
Jonathan Meadows
Candyce Edwards
Jeanette Mack
Lorrie Tice
Valdez Brantley

One Way was an American R&B and funk band that was popular in the late 1970s, and throughout most of the 1980s, led by singer Al Hudson. The group's most successful record was "Cutie Pie", which reached no.4 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and no.61 on the pop chart in 1982.

Al Hudson and the Partners[edit]

One Way was formed in 1978 in Detroit, Michigan as the newer incarnation of a band originally known as Soul Partners.[1] Al Hudson, Alicia Myers, guitarists Dave Roberson and Cortez Harris, bassist Kevin McCord, drummer Gregory Green and keyboardist Jonathan Meadows were the original members.[1] They first recorded as "Al Hudson and the Soul Partners", scoring an R&B hit on the ABC label called "You Can Do It" in 1979.

The 1980s[edit]

At that time, however, ABC Records was in the process of being taken over by MCA Records as part of a buyout, and when the band moved to the MCA label, they subsequently changed their name to One Way featuring Al Hudson before becoming One Way.[1] They were on MCA from 1980 to 1988.[1] They scored three Top 10 U.S. R&B chart hits, with the biggest being "Cutie Pie", which reached number four in 1982.[1] Original frontwoman Alicia Myers left the band in the early 1980s to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Candyce Edwards, who served as female lead of the group from 1981 to 1985. Edwards' debut was on the Fancy Dancer album, and she remained with the group throughout the biggest successes, including "Cutie Pie."

They had minor hits on the UK Singles Chart with "Music" (1979) and "Let's Talk About Shhh" (1985).[2]

Myers' song "I Want to Thank You" was sampled by E-40 in his song "I Wanna Thank You" featuring Suga-T, taken from his 1996 album Tha Hall of Game. Also, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip sampled the song for Busta's "Thank You" 2013. They moved to Capitol Records in 1988, where they released their final album, A New Beginning,[1] later that same year. By this time, only Hudson, Roberson, and Meadows remained from the original line-up.

Discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

Al Hudson & The Soul Partners[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[3] US
R&B
[4]
UK[5]
1976 "I Got A Notion" - 64 -
1977 "Why Must We Say Goodbye" - 83 -
"If You Feel Like Dancin'" - 78 -
1978 "Spread Love" - 75 -
"How Do You Do" - 51 -
1979 "You Can Do It"
Al Hudson & The Partners
101 52 -

One Way[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[3] US
R&B[4]
UK[5]
1980 "Music" - 36 56
"Do Your Thang" - 36 -
"Pop It" - 20 -
"Something In The Past" - 76 -
1981 "My Lady" - 52 -
"Push" - 12 -
"Pull Fancy Dancer Pull - Part 1" - 12 -
1982 "Who's Foolin' Who" - 34 -
"Cutie Pie" 61 4 -
"Runnin' Away" - 83 -
"Wild Night" - 36 -
1983 "Can I" - 43 -
"Shine On Me" - 24 -
"Let's Get Together" - 44 -
1984 "Lady You Are" - 5 -
"Mr. Groove" - 8 -
"Don't Stop" - 51 -
1985 "Serving It" - 66 -
"Let's Talk" - - 64
"More Than Friends, Less Than Lovers" - 52 -
1986 "Don't Think About It" - 5 -
1987 "You Better Quit" - 6 -
"Whammy" - 25 -
1988 "Driving Me Crazy" - 75 -

Albums[edit]

Al Hudson And The Soul Partners[edit]

  • 1976: Especially For You
  • 1977: Cherish
  • 1978: Spreading Love

Al Hudson And The Partners[edit]

  • 1979: Happy Feet

One Way[edit]

  • 1979: One Way Featuring Al Hudson (six-track EP featuring the twelve-inch version of "You Can Do It")
  • 1980: One Way Featuring Al Hudson (full-length album)
  • 1981: Love Is...One Way
  • 1981: Fancy Dancer
  • 1982: Who's Foolin' Who
  • 1982: Wild Night
  • 1983: Shine On Me
  • 1984: Lady
  • 1985: Wrap Your Body
  • 1986: IX
  • 1988: A New Beginning

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1993: Cutie Pie
  • 1995: Push
  • 1996: The Best Of One Way: Featuring Al Hudson And Alicia Myers
  • 2005: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 407. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 570. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 333. 
  5. ^ a b Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 92. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 

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