Skyy (band)

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Skyy
Origin New York, United States
Genres R&B, funk, boogie
Labels SalSoul, Capitol, Atlantic
Past members Solomon Roberts, Jr.
Anibal "Butch" Sierra
Gerald Lebon
Tommy McConnell
Larry Greenburg
Denise Dunning Wilkinson
Bonnie Dunning Williams
Delores Dunning Mulligan

Skyy (a.k.a. New York Skyy) was an American R&B/funk/disco band based in New York. They are perhaps best known for their 1981 hit, "Call Me," as well as their 1989 "comeback" hits, "Start of a Romance" and "Real Love."

Career[edit]

The seeds for Skyy were sown in Brooklyn, New York in 1973, when sisters Denise, Delores, and Bonne Dunning first met musician Solomon Roberts, Jr. The record producer/keyboardist Randy Muller (who was also a member Brass Construction and an arranger for B.T. Express) soon became involved with the project. By 1976, the Skyy lineup of the three Dunning sisters as vocalists, Roberts as the male vocalist/guitarist, Anibal Anthony Sierra on guitars and keyboards, Larry Greenberg on keyboards, Gerald Lebon on bass, and Tommy McConnell on drums had solidified.

In the late 1970s, Skyy signed to Salsoul Records. After several albums that saw moderate success in the R&B market, the group crossed over to the mainstream in a big way with the release of the Skyy Line album in late 1981. Featured on this album was the single "Call Me," which gave the group their first (and only, to date) top 40 hit on the pop charts, peaking at #26 in 1982. It also became the first of several #1 R&B hits for Skyy. Meanwhile, the group continued to record for the Salsoul label up through the release of their 1984 Inner City album (Salsoul would fold in 1985), scoring several additional hits on the R&B chart during that time.

In the mid-1980s, the group signed with Capitol Records and released their next album, From the Left Side in 1986. Apart from the top ten R&B single, "Givin' It (to You)," the album saw limited success, and the group left Capitol soon thereafter.

Things were looking rather bleak for the band by the late 1980s. However, after signing to Atlantic Records, Skyy launched a major comeback in 1989 with the release of their successful Start of a Romance album. This release spun off two #1 R&B singles, with both the title track ("Start of a Romance") and the quiet storm classic, "Real Love" claiming the top spot. "Real Love" also became the group's second and final crossover pop hit peaking at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1990. The second single released from the album (between the title track and "Real Love"), "Love All the Way" also cracked the R&B top 50. By the release of the Nearer to You album in 1992, the hits had again dried up, and the band has not released a new studio album since then.

In 2014, the French Nu-Disco act Solidisco released an updated version of Skyy's 1980 single "Here's To You," in which the group received credits due to the original version being used.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
NZ
[2]
UK
[3]
1979 Skyy 117 40 Salsoul
1980 Skyway 61 17
Skyyport 85 16 40
1981 Skyy Line 18 1
1982 Skyyjammer 81 22
1983 Skyylight 183 44
1984 Inner City
1986 From the Left Side 33 85 Capitol
1989 Start of a Romance 155 16 Atlantic
1992 Nearer to You 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
US
Dan

[1]
CAN
[5]
NLD
[6]
UK
[7]
1979 "First Time Around" 20 50 49 Skyy
"Let's Turn It On" 65
"This Groove Is Bad"
1980 "High" 102 13 26 Skyway
"Skyyzoo" 32 41
"Here's to You" 23 24 Skyyport
1981 "Superlove" 31
"For the First Time"
"Call Me" 26 1 3 34 Skyy Line
1982 "Let's Celebrate" 16 67
"When You Touch Me" 43
"Movin' Violation" 26 Skyyjammer
1983 "Let Love Shine" 39 41
"Bad Boy" 33 Skyylight
"Show Me the Way" 35 10 97
"Married Man"
1984 "Dancin' to Be Dancin'" 49 Inner City
1986 "Givin' It (To You)" 8 42 83 From the Left Side
"Non-Stop"
"Love Illogical"
1989 "Start of a Romance" 1 41 Start of a Romance
"Love All the Way" 47
"Real Love" 47 1
1992 "Up and Over (Stronger and Better)" 16 Nearer to You
"Nearer to You" 73
2014 "Top Of The World" (Solidisco featuring Skyy)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  • Dewhirst, Ian. Liner notes from The Anthology (Salsa CD 030), 2006.
  1. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Skyy". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ "NZ Charts > Skyy". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  3. ^ "UK Charts > Skyy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ "US Certifications > Skyy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  5. ^ "CAN Charts > Skyy". RPM. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  6. ^ "NLD Charts > Skyy". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ "UK Charts > Skyy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 

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