Pleasure (American band)

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Pleasure
Origin Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Genres R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz
Years active 1972–1982
Labels Fantasy Records, RCA Records
Associated acts Wayne Henderson
Past members Marlon McClain
Sherman Davis
Donald Hepburn
Dennis Springer
Nathaniel Phillips
Dan Brewster
Bruce Carter (deceased)
Michael Hepburn
Bruce Smith
Tony Collins
Doug Lewis

Pleasure was a band from Portland, Oregon that blended soul, funk and jazz with a tough street edge that became a cult group on the underground black music scene of the late 70's. They are perhaps best known for their 1979 hit, "Glide".

Career[edit]

Pleasure was formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1972 as a merger of two Portland outfits: Franchise and The Soul Masters which included guitarist Marlon "The Magician" McClain, bassist Nathaniel Phillips, and drummer Bruce Carter, keyboardist Donald Hepburn, saxophonist Dennis Springer, trombonist Dan Brewster and lead singer Sherman Davis. In 1974 The Crusaders's Wayne Henderson saw them performing in a Portland club. Impressed with what he heard, his enthusiasm led them to a deal with Fantasy Records. This was the beginning of a six-year relationship with the label and a four-year relationship with Wayne Henderson who through his own production company "At Home Productions", was the band's producer and mentor. Along the way, members of the band did session work with artists like Side Effect, Gabor Szabo, Ronnie Laws and Willie Bobo to name a few. In 1979, Pleasure would have their best success with the Top Ten R&B hit "Glide" By 1982 after a one off album for RCA the band called it quits.

Drummer Bruce Carter (December 28, 1956) died on August 12, 2006.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[1] Record label
US US
R&B
1975 Dust Yourself Off 54 Fantasy Records
1976 Accept No Substitutes 162 32
1977 Joyous 113 34
1978 Get to the Feeling 119 42
1979 Future Now 67 27
1980 Special Things 97 27
1982 Give It Up 164 30 RCA

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[2]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1976 "Ghettos of the Mind" 71
1977 "Joyous" 35
1979 "Future Now" 75
1980 "Glide" 55 10
"Real Thing" 65
"Yearnin' Burnin'" 30

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pleasure US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Pleasure US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.