Unlimited Touch

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Unlimited Touch
Origin New York, United States
Genres R&B
Dance-pop
Boogie
Labels Prelude
Past members Audrey Wheeler
Phil Hamilton
Tony Cintron
Sandy Anderson
Stephanie James
Lenny Underwood

Unlimited Touch was an American, New York-based post disco group, who had some regional fame in the early 1980s.[1] The group consisted of Audrey Wheeler (lead singer), Phil Hamilton, Tony Cintron, Sandy Anderson, Stephanie James and Lenny Underwood. Raymond Reid and William Anderson from New York-based band Crown Heights Affair instigated Unlimited Touch in the early 1980s, but they were not part of the band. The group was signed to Prelude Records (via Epic Records in the UK).[1] Charles Richards was the executive producer of the group, and on the album, it was noted that "without him none of it would have been possible".

Due to a major management / label and group dispute, they disbanded by the end of 1981, but re-formed in 1983 with a new line-up of just three of the original members: Wheeler, Anderson, and James. Underwood co-wrote "I Hear Music in the Streets" and "Searchin' to Find the One", which were minor hits in the US Billboard R&B chart.[2] They later released "Yes We're Ready", in 1983,[1] and a further single, "Reach Out (Everlasting Love)", in 1984.

In 1999, producer Sean Combs sampled the bass guitar and drum breakdown of "I Hear Music in the Streets" for the Faith Evans song "All Night Long". Other artists who have sampled "I Hear Music in the Streets" include Paul Johnson[disambiguation needed],[3] Biz Markie, Rampage, along with Billie Lawrence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy (1981-06-20). "Unlimited Touch - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Unlimited Touch - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Paul Johnson's Hear the Music sample of Unlimited Touch's I Hear Music in the Streets". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013-03-28.