The People's Choice (band)

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People's Choice
Origin Philadelphia, United States
Genres Soul, funk
Years active 1971–1985
Labels TSOP, Casablanca, Mercury
Past members 1971 - 1973
Frankie Brunson
David Thompson
Darnell Jordan
Johnnie Hightower
Stanley Thomas
Valerie Brown
Marc Reed

1974 - 1983
Frankie Brunson
Dave Thompson
Guy Fiske
Roger Andrews

1984 - 1985

Frank Brunson
Marc Reed
Clifton Gamble
David Thomson
Johnnie Hightower
Bill Rodgers

The People's Choice was an American funk band formed in 1971 in Philadelphia by Frank Brunson and David Thompson. While they had several vocalists, their biggest hits were instrumentals.

Career[edit]

Their debut single, "I Likes To Do It," got to #9 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. A short time later Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff saw People's Choice in concert, and told Brunson that they wished the group had recorded "I Likes To Do It" for Philadelphia International Records. Gamble & Huff signed the group up in 1974, and it was with them that they had another hit single with "Do It Any Way You Wanna.[1] It sold over one million copies in three months, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in November 1975.[2] This song was used in Fred Williamson's 1976 film Death Journey.[3]

Brunson died on November 24, 2007 after a long illness.[4]

Former members[edit]

  • Frank Brunson - keyboards, vocals (died on November 24, 2007, at age 78).[5]
  • David Thomson - drums
  • Darnell Jordan - guitar
  • Johnnie Hightower - guitar
  • Stanley Thomas - bass, vocals
  • Valerie Brown - vocals
  • Guy Fiske - Guitar
  • Roger Andrews - Bass
  • Marc Reed - vocals [6]
  • Clifton Gamble - piano, synthesizer
  • Bill Rodgers - piano, synthesizer

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[7]
U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B Singles U.S. Disco Singles U.S. Club Play Singles UK Singles Chart[8]
1971 "I Likes to Do It" 38 9 - - -
1973 "Let Me Do My Thing" - 45 - - -
1974 "Party Is a Groovy Thing" - 45 6 - -
1975 "Boogie Down U.S.A." - - - 11 -
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" 11 1 1 1 36
"Nursery Rhymes (Part I)" 93 22 - 15 -
1976 "Here We Go Again" - 52 1 8 -
"Movin' in All Directions" - 52 1 - -
"We Got the Rhythm" - - 3 - -
"Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long)" - - - - 40
1980 "You Ought to Be Dancin'" - - - 8 -

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul - John A. Jackson - Google Books. Books.google.com.au. 2004-09-23. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 362. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ "dvdboxoffice.com". dvdboxoffice.com. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Buffalo Music Hall of Fame News". Buffalomusic.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ "News Archives: The Buffalo News". Nl.newsbank.com. 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  6. ^ "People's Choice Biography - ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  7. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com

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