Bell and James
|Bell and James|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Past members||LeRoy Bell
Both LeRoy Bell and Casey James had played in Special Blend before beginning to write songs together. Bell's uncle Thom Bell got them signed to Gamble & Huff as songwriters for Philadelphia International Records. They wrote tunes for Elton John, MFSB, The O'Jays, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, The Three Degrees, and others, before A&M Records took notice and signed them to a full album deal in 1978.
Three albums and several hit singles followed, including "Livin' it Up (Friday Night)," which hit #7 on the U.S. Billboard Black singles, and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1979. It sold over one million copies in the U.S., plus the same track reached #59 in the UK Singles Chart.
|Year||Title||Label||U.S. Black Albums||U.S. Pop Albums|
|1978||Bell & James||A&M Records||17||31|
|1979||Only Make Believe||36||125|
|1981||In Black And White|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Black singles|
|1979||"Livin' It Up (Friday Night)"||15||7|
|"You Never Know What You've Got"||-||54|
|1980||"Only Make Believe"||-||50|