L.T.D. (band)

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OriginGreensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk
Years active1968–present
LabelsA&M Records
MembersArthur "Lorenzo" Carnegie
Johnny McGhee
Carle Wayne Vickers
Aya Iwata
Tefere Hazy
Tresure Mark Vincent Brown
Steve Toussaint
Herbert Lee Woods
Past membersAbraham "Onion" Miller
Henry E. Davis (deceased)
Jimmie "J.D." Davis (deceased)
Billy Osborne
Jeffrey Osborne
Jake Riley (deceased)
Melvin Webb (deceased)
Alvino Bennett
Leslie Wilson
Andre Ray
Celeste Cole
Toby Wynn
Robert Santiel
Tyrone Griffin
Richard Moorings
Kermit Singleton
Howard Johnson
Conway Johnson PMC

L.T.D. is an American R&B/funk band best known for their 1977 hit single, "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)", as well as their many ballads, such as "Love Ballad", "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love", and "Where Did We Go Wrong?".


L.T.D. (standing for Love, Togetherness, and Devotion), was formed in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1968, when Arthur "Lorenzo" Carnegie (alto and tenor saxes, flute, guitar), Jake Riley (trombone) Carle Wayne Vickers (trumpet, flute, soprano sax) and Abraham "Onion" Miller (tenor sax, vocals), who had been working as members of the 15 piece "Fantastic Soul Men Orchestra" backing the ever popular duo of Sam & Dave, along with Jimmy "J.D." Davis (keyboards, vocals), formed their own band named Love Men Ltd. They then drove to New York City, in a car that they purchased together (a 1956 Chevy), and lived in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem on 149th and Broadway, where Toby Wynn (baritone sax) joined them. While performing on a gig in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeffrey Osborne (drums, lead vocals) was recruited by them.

After two years in New York, they drove two cars and a trailer to Los Angeles, California, where Jeffrey's brother, Billy Osborne (organ, drums, keyboards, co-lead vocals), Celeste Cole (vocals), Henry E. Davis (bass, vocals) and Robert Santiel (congas, percussion) joined them. 1974 found them signing with A&M Records as L.T.D. (Love Togetherness & Devotion). In 1976, Johnny McGhee (guitar) joined the band. By this time Jeffrey Osborne became the group's primary lead vocalist, with Melvin Webb taking over on drums in 1977. Webb was replaced by Alvino Bennett in late 1978.

The group then went on to release songs such as "Love Ballad"[1] (1976), "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" (1977), "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)", and many others. Soon after the band's 1980 album Shine On, Jeffrey and Billy Osborne departed to start solo careers. Andre Ray and Leslie Wilson (formerly of New Birth) were then chosen as lead vocalists for their next album Love Magic (1981) which produced two more hits, "April Love" and "Kicking Back". Leslie Wilson left to continue his solo career and L.T.D. stayed busy in the music industry by recording for small independent record labels, and doing their own personal music projects.

In 1999, a group using the L.T.D. name lost a federal court battle with the current three original members of L.T.D. centering on usage rights to and ownership of the name L.T.D. A lineup of L.T.D. featuring three original members — Carnegie, Vickers, and McGhee — along with new members Tre'sure (lead vocals, keys), Aya Iwata, (keys, vocals), Herbert Lee Woods (keys, vocals), Steve Toussaint (bass, vocals), and Tefere Hazy (drums, vocals) have been steady touring the U.S. since 1999.[citation needed]

Melvin Webb died in 1982, Jake Riley died in 2000, and J.D. Davis died in 2008. Henry E. Davis died in 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

L.T.D. was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1974 Love, Togetherness & Devotion 54 A&M
1974 Gittin' Down 40
1976 Love to the World 52 7 70
1977 Something to Love 21 1 24
1978 Togetherness 18 3 21
1979 Devotion 29 5 73
1980 Shine On 28 6
1981 Love Magic 83 21
1983 For You 33 Montage
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Classics, Vol. 27 (1987, A&M)
  • Greatest Hits (1996, A&M)
  • The Millennium Collection: The Best of L.T.D. (2000, A&M)


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1974 "Elegant Love" Love, Togetherness & Devotion
1975 "Don't Lose Your Cool" Gittin' Down
"Tryin' to Find a Way"
"Rated X" Non-album single
1976 "Love Ballad" 20 1 38 Love to the World
1977 "Love to the World" 91 27
"(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" 4 1 19 85 2 Something to Love
1978 "Never Get Enough of Your Love" 56 8 78
"Holding On (When Love Is Gone)" 49 1 59 70 Togetherness
"We Both Deserve Each Other's Love" 107 19
1979 "Dance 'N' Sing 'N'" 15 Devotion
"Share My Love" 69
"Stranger" 14
1980 "Where Did We Go Wrong" 7 Shine On
"Shine On" 40 19
1981 "Kickin' Back" 102 10 36 Love Magic
1982 "April Love" 28
1983 "For You" 50 For You
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Love Ballad - L.T.D., Jeffrey Osborne | Song Info". AllMusic. September 7, 1999. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > L.T.D." Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "CAN Charts > L.T.D." RPM. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "US Certifications > L.T.D." Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "UK Charts > L.T.D." Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 1, 2014.

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