C. J. & Company

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C.J. & Company
Origin Detroit, USA
Genres Disco, R&B
Years active 19771979[1]
Members Curtis "CJ" Durden
Connie Durden
Joni Tolbert
Charles Clark
Cornelius Brown

C.J. & Company (also C.J. & Co. or C.C. & Co.) was a disco group from Detroit, Michigan. They were the partnership of producers, funk-brother, Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore. Their highest charting single in the US was "Devil's Gun", which reached #36 on the Billboard pop chart, spending 29 weeks on the HOT 100. It wound up being the #100 song of the year on BILLBOARD's year end charts, (though only peaking at #36), and #2 on the R&B chart in 1977.[2] It also peaked at #43 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] That song, along with "We Got Our Own Thing" (later sampled by Heavy D and the Boyz) and "Sure Can't Go to the Moon," hit #1 for five weeks on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[4]

They released two full length LPs, 'Devil's Gun' (1977) and 'Deadeye Dick' (1978) both for Westbound Records. In 1998 a compilation CD was released with full length selected tracks from both LPs.

"Devil's Gun" was the first record played at the opening of Studio 54 by DJ Richie Kaczor.[5]

An instrumental version of "Devil's Gun" was featured prominently in the International version of Crocodile.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ CJ & Co profile on Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 120. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 89. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 356. 
  5. ^ http://www.disco-disco.com "Disco-Disco: A history of Studio 54".
Preceded by
"Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye
"Devil's Gun"/"We Got Our Own Thing"/"Sure Can't Go to the Moon"
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single

May 28 – June 25, 1977
Succeeded by
"I Remember Yesterday" (all cuts) by Donna Summer