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Michelle Martin, Linda Howard, Barbara Mitchell (1979)
|Genres||Pop, R&B, soul|
|Associated acts||Smokey Robinson
|Past members||Linda Howard (deceased)
Vernessa Mitchell (1977-1978)
Based in Pasadena, California, the four ladies that would become known as High Inergy were discovered during a Bicentennial show in their hometown by Gwen Gordy Fuqua, the sister of Motown owner, Berry Gordy. The members of the group included lead singer Vernessa Mitchell, her sister Barbara Mitchell, Linda Howard and Michelle Martin (or Rumph). Michelle Martin was later replaced by Pat Douglas. The Mitchell sisters were singers, while the remaining members were known primarily for their dancing.
Fashioned after Martha and the Vandellas and The Supremes (they were actually named after the 1976 Supremes High Energy album with just the 'e' changed to an 'i' in "energy"), the group was signed to Motown's Gordy subsidiary in 1977. They quickly found success with the R&B/pop hit, "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)," which reached R&B #2 and U.S. #12.
The group would score a total of nine R&B hits before disbanding for solo careers in 1984.
Group member Linda Howard died on December 17, 2012 from unknown causes.
On their 1980 album, Hold On, the group collaborated with labelmates Switch on the track, "Hold On to My Love." The song features Switch member Bobby DeBarge as the male lead vocalist. He also produced and co-wrote the song.
|1977||Turnin' On||Gordy G6-978 S1||6||28|
|1978||Steppin' Out||Gordy G7-982 R1||46||42|
|1979||Shoulda Gone Dancin'||Gordy G7-987 R1||72||147|
|Frenzy||Gordy G7-989 R1||—||205|
|1980||Hold On||Gordy G8-996 M1||70||208|
|1981||High Inergy||Gordy G8-1005 M1||—||203|
|1982||So Right||Gordy 6006GL||—||—|
|1983||Groove Patrol||Gordy 6041GL||62||206|
|1977||You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle of Turning Me On) b/w Save It For A Rainy Day||Gordy G 7155F||2||12||-|
|1978||Love Is All You Need b/w Some Kinda Magic||Gordy G 7157F||20||89||-|
|We Are The Future b/w High School||Gordy G 7160F||77||-||-|
|Lovin' Fever b/w Beware||Gordy G 7161F||51||-||-|
|1979||Shoulda Gone Dancin' b/w Peaceland||Gordy G 7166F||50||-||35|
|1980||Make Me Yours b/w I Love Makin' Love (To The Music)||Gordy G 7187F||68||-||-|
|1981||Goin' Through The Motions||Gordy||73||—||-|
|1982||First Impressions b/w Could This Be Love||Gordy 1613GF||50||-||-|
|1983||He's A Pretender b/w Don't Let Up On The Groove||Gordy 1662GF||62||82||25|
- Lowe, John. "High Inergy - Biography". United States: All Music Guide. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
- Hold On (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1980.
- Groove Patrol (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1983.
- Turnin' On (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1977.
- Steppin' Out (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1978.
- Shoulda Gone Dancin (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1979.
- Frenzy (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1979.
- High Inergy (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1981.
- So Right (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1982.
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