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||1967–1984; 2013|
|Labels||De-Lite, RCA (United States)|
|Past members||Ben Iverson|
Arnold "Muki" Wilson
Bert Reid (deceased)
James "Ajax" Baynard (deceased)
Phillip "Flip" Thomas
Raymond Reid (deceased)
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 (keyboards), Bert Reid and James "Ajax" Baynard (trumpets), Raymond Reid (trombone), Arnold 'Muki' Wilson (bass), Julius Dilligard Jr. (trombone), and Raymond Rock (drums,Percussion). 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 US Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1975, (plus US Billboard Hot 100 #43); and they topped out at #2 on the US Dance Chart later that year with "Every Beat Of My Heart" (Billboard Hot 100 #83). In the UK Singles Chart they made the Top 40 in 1978 with "Galaxy Of Love", and #10 in 1980 with "You Gave Me Love". Both tracks were huge disco hits in the UK, with a powerful brass section on "Galaxy of Love" and strong chorus vocals on "You Gave Me Love".
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. Crown Heights Affair disbanded in 1984.
On 22 June 2013, they reunited to play at the Coronet in London, as part of the Streetsounds Summer Ball.
Raymond Reid (born on November 30, 1952 in New York) died of cancer on May 21, 2013. He was 60.
|1974||Crown Heights Affair|
|1975||Dreaming a Dream|
|1977||Do It Your Way|
|1979||Dance Lady Dance|
|1974||"Leave the Kids Alone"|
|1975||"Dreaming a Dream"|
|"Every Beat of My Heart"|
|"Do It the French Way"|
|1978||"Galaxy of Love"|
|"Say a Prayer for Two"|
|"I'm Gonna Love You Forever"|
|1979||"Dance Lady Dance"|
|1980||"You Gave Me Love"|
|"You've Been Gone"|
|1982||"Somebody Tell Me What to Do"|
|1983||"Rock the World"|
|1989||"I'll Do Anything"|
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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