Crown Heights Affair

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Crown Heights Affair
Origin Crown Heights Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres R&B, disco, dance, funk
Years active 1970s - 1980s
Labels De-Lite, RCA (USA)
Past members Ben Iverson
Arnold 'Muki' Wilson
Bert Reid (deceased)
Darryl Gibbs
James Baynard
Phillip "Flip" Thomas
Raymond Rock
William Anderson
Raymond Reid (deceased)
Howard Young

Crown Heights Affair are an American R&B / funk / disco group from Brooklyn, New York City, founded in the early 1970s.


Originally known as Ben Iverson and the Nue Dey Express on Britne Records, founded by then-bassist Donnie Linton, the group was renamed for a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The line-up consisted of Phillip Thomas (vocals), William Anderson (guitar/vocals), Howard Young, Bert Reid, James Baynard (trumpets), Raymond Reid, Arnold 'Muki' Wilson, Julius Dilligard Jr., and Raymond Rock. Under contract to RCA they recorded their self-titled first album in 1974, featuring their first single "(You Can't Bend My) Super Rod".

Personnel changes followed, along with a shift in 1975 to De-Lite Records. The record label's subsequent liaison with Polygram Records saw the group gain worldwide audiences for singles such as "Dreaming A Dream", "Every Beat of My Heart", "Foxy Lady" and "Dancin'".

"Dreaming A Dream" reached Number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1975, (plus Billboard Hot 100 #43); and they topped out at #2 on the Dance chart later that year with "Every Beat Of My Heart" (Billboard Hot 100 #83). In the UK they made the Top 40 in 1978 with "Galaxy Of Love", and #10 in 1980 with "You Gave Me Love".[1]

Their follow-up album, "Do It Your Way", contained the tunes "Dancin'", "Far Out" and their answer to New Birth's song "Gotta Get A Knutt', "(Do It) The French Way". In the 1980s they were successful record producers for some Prelude Records acts like France Joli ("Gonna Get Over You"), and they produced two songs for Amii Stewart in 1981.

On 22 June 2013 they reunited to play at the Coronet in London as part of the Streetsounds Summer Ball.


Bert Reid died of lung cancer on December 12, 2004, at the age of 48.[2] Thomas joined The Flamingos in 2007. Raymond Reid died in 2013.

Trumpeter James "Ajax" Baynard died in February 2015, after a car crash in South Jamaica, New York.[3] The news of his death was posted on the Crown Heights Affair Facebook page.[4]

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  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 128. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ - accessed May 2011
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