Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

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Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
Also known asEcstasy, Passion & Pain feat. Barbara Roy
OriginNew York City, United States[1]
Years active1972 (1972)[2]–1977[1]
LabelsRoulette Records
MembersBarbara Roy[3] (vocals/guitar)
Joseph Williams Jr. (bass)
Alan Tiza (percussion)
Althea Smith (drums)
Billy Gardner (keyboard)
Jimmy Clark (guitar)
Ronald Foster (keyboard)
Past membersCarl Jordan (percussion)
Ray Brown (keyboard)
Fred Wells (guitar)
Lorenzo (Tony) Wyche (trumpet)
Tony Thompson (drums)
Raymond Jones (keyboard)

Ecstasy, Passion & Pain (often abbreviated EP&P or E.P.&P.) was a 1970s disco band. Their most successful songs are "Touch and Go" and "Ask Me".


EP&P was founded by Barbara Roy in New York in 1972. Roy was the only fixed member of the group for as long as they existed and responsible for writing most of the group's songs as well as taking care of finances and business.[4] The group was disbanded in 1977 after the release of "Passion" and "Dance the Night Away" failed to match the success on "Touch and Go".[1]


Their single, "One Beautiful Day", written by Melvin and Mervin Steals, peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.[5]

Their single, "Good Things Don't Last Forever", charted at #93 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974[6] while reaching #14 in the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart.[7]

Later in 1974, their single, "Ask Me" spent two weeks at number two on the American dance charts.[8] The song also hit number nineteen on the soul charts and number fifty-two on the Hot 100.[9]

Their single, "Touch and Go", was the group's first release to feature lead singer, Barbara Roy's name on the label. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Dance chart,[8] crossing over to both the soul and pop charts. "Touch and Go" peaked at number seventy-one on the soul singles chart and number ninety-eight on the Hot 100.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak Record label

1974 Ecstasy, Passion & Pain 38 Roulette

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Good Things: The Roulette Recordings 1973-1977 (1999, Westside)


Year Title Peak chart positions


1974 "I Wouldn't Give You Up" 102 17
"Good Things Don't Last Forever" 93 14
"Ask Me" 52 19 2
1975 "One Beautiful Day" 48 14 14 69
"There's So Much Love Around Me"
1976 "Touch and Go" 98 71 4
1977 "Passion" 99
"Dance the Night Away"
1981 "If You Want Me" 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c "Ecstasy, Passion & Pain Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  2. ^ "New on the Charts: Ecstasy, Passion & Pain". Billboard. July 13, 1974. p. 14. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  3. ^ "Queen of the dance". Vibe. March 2003. p. 164. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  4. ^ Thomsen, M. Cordell (August 29, 1974). "New York Beat". Jet. p. 61. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  5. ^ Nelson Jones, Diana (February 14, 2004). "Sometimes you can't rush love, or love songs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. A–14. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 (July 13, 1974)". Billboard. July 13, 1974. p. 48. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot Soul Singles (July 13, 1974)". Billboard. July 13, 1974. p. 25. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 87.
  9. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 182.
  10. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Ecstasy, Passion & Pain". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  11. ^ "CAN Charts > Ecstasy, Passion & Pain". RPM. Retrieved 2015-03-15.

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