Chocolate Milk (band)

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Chocolate Milk
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresFunk, R&B, Soul
Years active1974–1983
LabelsRCA
Associated actsAllen Toussaint
Past membersAmadee Castenell, Jr,
Robert Dabon
Joe Foxx
Kim (Sharp) Guidry, a/k/a
"The Legendary Cochise"
Frank Richard
Dwight Richards,
Mario Tio

Chocolate Milk was an American funk and soul band from New Orleans, Louisiana, active in the 1970s and early 1980s.[1]

Biography[edit]

Chocolate Milk was formed in 1974 in New Orleans, LA after the emergence of the bands Kool & the Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire. The eight-piece band included lead singer Frank Richard, Saxophonist Amadee Castenell, Trumpeter Joseph Fox, Guitarist Mario Tio, Bassist Earnest Dabon, Pianist Robert Dabon and Drummer Dwight Richards. The band also worked as the studio band for songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, following the tenure of The Meters as Toussaint's band. Chocolate Milk backed Toussaint as a live band and on his album New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1976), and also recorded with Paul McCartney. The band then signed with RCA Records.[2]

Their first of eight albums released on RCA was Action Speaks Louder Than Words, an album that included a political message. The title cut, "Action Speaks Louder Than Words" (1975), has a break beat that has been sampled numerous times in hip hop music, including "Move The Crowd" from the 1987 album Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim, and "Don't Let Your Mouth Write A Check Your Ass Can't Cash" (1991) by Stetsasonic.[3]

The band became known for "Action Speaks Louder Than Words", and other hit songs: "Girl Callin'" (1978), "Say Won't Cha" (1979), and "I'm Your Radio" (1980). The band was also known for their versatility in musical styles, later adding elements of disco, prevalent on their 1981 hit, "Blue Jeans" which peaked at number fifteen on the soul chart.[4] Chocolate Milk broke up in 1983 due to the waning popularity of disco, numerous personnel changes, and changes in producers after splitting with Toussaint in 1980.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Action Speaks Louder Than Words (1975), RCA
  • Chocolate Milk (1976), RCA
  • Comin' (1977), RCA
  • We're All In This Together' (1978), RCA
  • Milky Way (1979), RCA
  • Hipnotism (1980), RCA
  • Blue Jeans (1982), RCA
  • Friction (1982), RCA

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions
US Dance
[6]
US R&B
[6]
US Pop
[6]
1975 "Action Speaks Louder Than Words" 15 69
1976 "How About Love" 79
"Comin'" 56
1978 "Girl Callin'" 14 103
1979 "Say Won'tcha" 39
"Groove City" 59
1980 "Hey Lover" 40
1981 "Blue Jeans" 15
1982 "Let's Go All the Way" 41
"Take It Off" 39
"Who's Getting It Now" 50 65
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilations[edit]

  • Ice Cold Funk: The Greatest Grooves of Chocolate Milk (1998), Razor & Tie
  • Best of Chocolate Milk (2002), Camden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 14, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Vincent, Rickey (1996). Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-13499-1. p. 68
  3. ^ "Chocolate Milk - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 14, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 118. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Phillips, Dan (2006). Action Speaks Louder Than Words [CD liner notes]. Sony/BMG Music Entertainment.
  6. ^ a b c "Chocolate Milk Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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