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C+C Music Factory
Also known as Clivillés + Cole, The 28th Street Crew
Origin New York, New York, US
Genres EDM, Eurodance, hip hop, dance, pop
Years active 1989–1996, 2010–2011
Labels Vendetta/A&M/PolyGram, Columbia/SME, MCA
Associated acts Mariah Carey, Brat Pack, 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman, and a Dominican, the 28th Street Crew
Members Robert Clivillés
Eric Kupper
David Cole
Zelma Davis
Martha Wash
Freedom Williams
Deborah Cooper
Elana Cooper
Paul Pesco

C+C Music Factory is an American musical group formed in 1989 by David Cole and Robert Clivillés. The group is best known for their five hit singles: "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)", "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...", "Just a Touch of Love", and "Keep It Comin'". The band stopped recording in 1996, following Cole's death.[1] In 2010, C+C Music Factory reformed, with Eric Kupper replacing Cole.[2][3] Original vocalist Freedom Williams acquired trademark rights to the name in 2003 and still tours under that moniker.

C+C Music Factory have earned a total of 35 music industry awards worldwide, including five Billboard Awards, five American Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 44th most successful dance artists of all-time.[4]


C+C Music Factory consisted primarily of the two record producers Robert Clivillés and David Cole and vocalists who varied by the particular recording project.[1] The group's moniker is derived from the first letters of Clivillés and Cole's surnames. Eric Kupper replaced Cole (who died in 1995[1][5]) in 2010.[2][3]



Before forming C+C Music Factory Robert Clivillés and David Cole were active in 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman, and a Dominican and The 28th Street Crew in the late 1980s.[citation needed] In 1990 Clivillés and Cole released a single, featuring later C+C Music Factory rapper Freedom Williams, called "Get Dumb! (Free Your Body)" as The Crew.[citation needed] The song features a prominent sample of Boyd Jarvis' 1983 song "The Music Got Me". It was sampled without Jarvis' permission therefore the situation resulted in a lawsuit against Cole and Clivillés.[6]

Creation and success[edit]

In 1989 Clivillés and Cole hired the artists Zelma Davis (Vocalist), Martha Wash (Vocalist) and Freedom Williams (MC) to vocalize all the tracks for Gonna Make You Sweat, the group's first album.[1] In 1990 it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, No. 11 on the R&B album chart, and went 5× platinum. Elana Cooper was hired as Lead Vocalist for the initial overseas tour(s) awaiting Zelma Davis green card clearance.

All four singles from their debut album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart, and all four were also crossover Pop and R&B hits. The first single, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles chart (and No. 3 in the UK). The fourth and final single from their debut album, "Just a Touch of Love", featured in the movie Sister Act. The album contained two more Top 5 singles; "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (and No. 20 in the UK), and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm" (inspired by a phrase uttered periodically by late-night talk show host, Arsenio Hall) reached No. 4 (and No. 4 in the UK).

In 1992, they had another No. 1 Dance/Club play hit with the song "Keep It Comin'" (Dance Till You Can't Dance No More); with emcee Q-Unique and lead and background vocalist Deborah Cooper that was recorded for the soundtrack and opening cheerleading routine from the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Second and third album[edit]

The duo's second album, Anything Goes! released in 1994, had three less successful singles, "Do You Wanna Get Funky", "Boriqua Anthem" and "Take a Toke". Only the first reached the Hot 100, but all three songs did achieve high critical acclaim in some circles. The album peaked at No. 106 on the Billboard 200, and No. 39 on the R&B album chart. This album mainly featured on vocals hip-hop outfit Trilogy and the returning Zelma Davis and Martha Wash. Freedom Williams was asked to return but declined the invitation.[7]

David Cole died on January 24, 1995.[5]

An album was released in Europe in late 1995 by Robert Clivillés with the name C+C Music Factory,[8] which spawned one more US No. 1 Dance/Club Play hit "I'll Always be Around". Neither the single nor the album featured David Cole. The album was released by MCA in 1995 in Europe, but it was not released in the US. "I'll be Around" was released as a vinyl and CD promo and vinyl and CD single in the USA on MCA Records. This was the final studio album of new material to be released under the C+C Music Factory name. A 1996 promo maxi single "Don't Stop The Remix" was the last single released by the group (only in Japan).[9]

2010 comeback[edit]

In 2010 C+C Music Factory reformed with Eric Kupper stepping in to replace Cole.[2] Their first soft release was the single "Live Your Life" as C+C Music Factory Presents Scarlett Santana in early 2010 on a Bill Coleman Remixxer Compilation[3] album. A new release single, "Rain" by Scarlett Santana featuring CnC Music Factory, was released in August 2011.[2][10]

Releases under alternate names[edit]

In 1991, as Clivillés + Cole, the duo released an LP-single A-side featuring a cover of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)", but it was the B-side "Deeper Love", featuring vocals by Deborah Cooper (a long time Clivillés and Cole vocalist) and Paul Pesco that proved to be a hit, peaking at No. 15 in the UK. Deborah Cooper performed "Deeper Love" on Saturday Night Live with C+C Music Factory. It was also covered by Aretha Franklin with production by Clivillés + Cole. Both sides charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1992: "A Deeper Love" peaked at #44, while "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" reached #54. In 1992 as Clivillés + Cole an album was released called Greatest Remixes Vol. 1 featuring remixes by the duo of their own songs along with other artists' songs.[citation needed] The video for these songs was actually one long featurette, beginning with "Deeper Love" and then continuing into "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" halfway through the video. The video was labelled "Pride (A Deeper Love)". Some networks preferred to show the videos separately while others played the whole length.

In 1992, the duo assembled The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M., only one song of this group was ever released.[citation needed] A special uptempo vocal club remix was released as a promo single by Arista Records.

Clivillés and Cole later released a new single under the moniker The 28th Street Crew called O in 1994.[citation needed] In 1994 Clivillés and Cole produced a song for El General "Las Chicas", which borrowed heavily from the song "Boriqua Anthem" on the "Anything Goes" album.[citation needed]

Since then, Robert Clivillés has produced on his own including the membership of the group MVP as well as one last album release in 1996 on Columbia under the moniker Robi Rob's Club World and various other releases under different names.[citation needed]

2003 trademark acquisition by Freedom Williams[edit]

In 2003, Freedom Williams acquired the federal trademark to use the name "C and C Music Factory" for live performances,[11] and has toured under that name, until renewing his trademark to "C & C Music Factory" in 2014.[12][7][13] Since 2014 Freedom Williams has owned the trademark rights for the name for all related efforts, not just live performances.[14] Founding producer Clivillés has labeled this "the biggest insult in the world".[7]

Music videos[edit]

The visuals and production for C+C Music Factory's first videos helped to distinguish the group's first releases from previous mainstream dance hits like Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam". Controversy erupted when it was discovered that vocalist Zelma Davis lip-synced to Martha Wash's vocals in the video for the group's first single, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Wash later sued the group and appeared on the Joan Rivers show unannounced immediately after the Milli Vanilli lip-sync controversy erupted. Speculation about bad blood between Wash and the group were laid to rest when Wash and Davis both appeared in the video of 1994's Hot Dance Music/Club Play No. 1 single "Do You Wanna Get Funky", on which they both shared lead vocals.

A video of "Just a Touch of Love" is featured at the beginning of VHS copies of the movie Sister Act. The video consists of members of the band singing and dancing with nuns in the movie, edited together with scenes from the movie.

The house-music cover and remix of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" featured Deborah Cooper on lead vocals, with Robert and David singing background parts.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1990 Gonna Make You Sweat
  • First studio album
  • Release date: December 13, 1990
  • Label: Columbia
2 11 7 26 59 3 30 13 8
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • MC: 4× Platinum
1994 Anything Goes!
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 9, 1994
  • Label: Columbia
106 39 36 63 25 46
1995 C+C Music Factory
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: MCA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

1990 "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(featuring Martha Wash and Freedom Williams)
1 1 3 1 1 2 5 1 3 Gonna Make You Sweat
1991 "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"
(featuring Zelma Davis and Freedom Williams)
3 1 20 14 15 9 33 11 20
  • RIAA: Gold
"Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."
(featuring Zelma Davis and Freedom Williams)
4 1 6 27 19 2 14 15 4
  • RIAA: Gold
"Just a Touch of Love"
(featuring Zelma Davis)
50 1 26 47 21 21 31
1992 "Keep It Comin' (Dance Till You Can't Dance No More)" 83 1 46 30 17 34 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1994 "Do You Wanna Get Funky"
(featuring Martha Wash, Zelma Davis, and Trilogy)
40 1 11 41 18 2 37 27 Anything Goes!
"Take a Toke" 23 88 26
1995 "I Found Love"
(featuring Zelma Davis)
13 26
"I'll Always Be Around" 1 38 51 42 C+C Music Factory
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d C+C Music Factory/Full Biography Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine., MTV
  2. ^ a b c d The Brand New C&C Music Factory - Robert Clivilles & Eric Kupper[permanent dead link], Sobel Nation Radio (August 3, 2011)
  3. ^ a b c Remixxer: Bill Coleman (Continuous Mix), iTunes (June 01, 2010)
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/greatest-top-dance-club-artists
  5. ^ a b "C+C's David Cole dies at 32" Archived 2010-07-03 at the Wayback Machine., NY Daily News (25 January 1995)
  6. ^ Jarvis v. A & M Records 827 F. Supp. 282 (D.N.J. 1993) UCLA Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c Robert Clivilles Interview (Part 2), About.com
  8. ^ C + C Music Factory - C + C Music Factory, Discogs
  9. ^ C + C Music Factory - Don't Stop The Remix, Discogs
  10. ^ C + C Music Factory, Discogs
    CnC Music Factory, iTunes Store
    Scarlett Santana, Amazon.com
  11. ^ US Trademark Office, Serial Number 78341052, Registration Number 2951551
  12. ^ US Trademark Office, Serial Number 86438725, Registration Number 4775972
  13. ^ Dallas Dance Music - Dallas nightlife, music, tickets, and more > The Chill Room > Party Reviews
  14. ^ US Trademark Office: Serial Number 86438725, Registration Number 4775972
  15. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 88. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  16. ^ a b US peaks
  17. ^ Australian peaks
  18. ^ German peaks
  19. ^ Dutch peaks
  20. ^ New Zealand peaks
  21. ^ Swedish peaks
  22. ^ Swiss peaks

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