Enchantment (band)

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Enchantment
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Soul, R&B
Years active 1967–present
Labels Roadshow Records
United Artists Records
RCA Records
Columbia Records
Members Emanuel "EJ" Johnson
Walter Jones
Mickey Clanton
Joe "Jobie" Thomas
Dave Banks
Past members Bobby Green
Carl Cotton
Lacey Robinson

Enchantment is a soul/R&B band formed in Detroit, Michigan by Emanuel "EJ" Johnson, Joe "Jobie" Thomas, Bobby Green, Edgar "Mickey" Clanton, and David Banks. They are best known for their mid-1970s hits, "Gloria", "Sunshine" and "It's You That I Need".

Beginnings[edit]

Enchantment were formed in the late 1960s at Detroit's Pershing High School, with the visually impaired Emanuel "EJ" Johnson as their lead singer. In 1971, Enchantment came to the attention of Dick Scott, a former Motown executive who headed his own artist development company, Artists International. In 1973, they formed an alliance with Michael Stokes, producer of Creative Source's hit, "Who Is He (And What Is He To You)".

Success[edit]

By 1976, Stokes had negotiated a recording deal through his association with Fred Frank, then head of Roadshow Records, who was also guiding the careers of B.T. Express and Brass Construction. After their disco-oriented song "Come On And Ride", the band changed their focus to writing ballads. Their self-entitled debut album, Enchantment, contained two singles in that vein which charted well on the Billboard R&B chart - "Gloria" at number five and "Sunshine" at number three.

Their second album, Once Upon A Dream far surpassed its predecessor by charting at #8 on the R&B albums chart and at #46 on the Pop albums charts. It featured the crossover ballad "It's You That I Need", which topped the R&B charts. Overall, their attempts to diversify their sound by appealing to the disco audience failed, but their song, "If You're Ready (Here It Comes)" reached #14 on the R&B charts. In 1978, Roadshow ended its distribution agreement with United Artists and formed an alliance with RCA Records. In 1979, Enchantment released their third album, Journey to the Land Of... Enchantment, which was their final recording with Roadshow Records.

Decline[edit]

By 1980, Roadshow had folded as a label and Enchantment signed with RCA Records, where they recorded their fourth album, Soft Lights, Sweet Music, with top R&B producer, Don Davis. Both singles released charted at #47 in the 1981 charts. In 1982, they signed with Columbia Records and released two more albums; Enchanted Lady (1982) and Utopia (1984). By the end of the 1980s, the rise of funk and rap put a virtual end to ballad groups. All three albums barely dented the charts.

Currently[edit]

Today, Enchantment still performs for fans. They appeared in the Boston portion of the concert recorded at the Orpheus Theatre November 29, 2002 for the DVD The Big Show and, in 2003, released "God Bless America", in honor of troops fighting in Iraq. Proceeds from the single benefited the United Way. Jobie Thomas left the group and has formed his own group known as Enchantment featuring Jobie Thomas.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
1977 Enchantment 104 11 Roadshow/United Artists
1978 Once Upon a Dream 46 8
1979 Journey to the Land Of... Enchantment 145 25 Roadshow
1980 Soft Lights, Sweet Music 202 65 RCA
1982 Enchanted Lady Columbia
1983 Utopia
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Golden Classics (1991, Collectables)
  • If You're Ready... The Best of Enchantment (1996, EMI)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
US
Dan

[1]
CAN
[2]
1975 "Call on Me"
1976 "Come On and Ride" 67 37
"Gloria" 25 5 44
1977 "Sunshine" 45 3
1978 "It's You That I Need" 33 1
"If You're Ready (Here It Comes)" 14
1979 "Any Way You Want It" 109 38
"Where Do We Go from Here" 29
"Forever More"
1980 "Settin' It Out" 47
1981 "Moment of Weakness" 47
1982 "I Know Your Hot Spot" 45
"I Can't Forget You"
"Enchanted Lady"
1983 "Here's Your Chance"
1984 "Don't Fight the Feeling" 64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Enchantment". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ "CAN Charts > Enchantment". RPM. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 

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