Booker Newberry III

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Booker Newberry III (born January 19, 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio[1]) is an American singer and keyboardist, who was a member of the mid 1970s soul groups Sweet Thunder ("Baby I Need Your Love Today"), and Impact, before pursuing a solo career.[1] He is probably best remembered for his 1983 hit called, "Love Town".


Newberry began his professional singing career in the group Mystic Nights around 1971.[1] Moving to Philadelphia he became the lead singer of Sweet Thunder, which also included drummer John Aaron, bassist Rudell Alexander, and guitarist Charles Buie.[1] Signing with the Philly-based record label WMOT Records, the group's single, "Baby I Need Your Love Today" b/w "I Don't Care What You Say," stirred interest and was picked up for distribution by Berkeley, California based Fantasy Records.[1]

The group recorded three albums, Above The Clouds (1976), Sweet Thunder (1978), and Horizons (1979), the latter of which saw the single "I Leave You Stronger," go to #63 Billboard R&B chart in late 1979.[1] Newberry joined another WMOT Records group, Impact, who was best known for the dance hits "Give a Broken Heart a Break" and "Rainy Days Stormy Nights."[1]

Newberry signed with Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records in 1983, and his solo single "Love Town" originally released on the Boardwalk label, was a Top 10 UK hit.[1][2] The Love Town album was issued the same year.[1] He has also recorded for Malaco Records and Omni Records - (the LP Take a Piece of Me).[1]



  • Love Town (1983)
  • Power People (1986)


  • "I Get Romantic" (1982)
  • "Love Town" (1983) - UK#6
  • "Teddy Bear" (1983) - UK#44
  • "Boom Boom" (1983)
  • "Shadows" (1984)
  • "Take A Piece Of Me" (1986)
  • "Together We Are Beautiful" (1986)
  • "Murphy's Law" (1988)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography by Ed Hogan". Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 393. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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