Lakeside (band)

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OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
Years active1969–present
LabelsSolar, ABC
Associated actsThe Whispers, Dynasty, Leon Sylvers III, Shalamar

Lakeside is an American funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage". Founding member and lead singer Mark Adam Wood, Jr., has said the title was his brainchild, as was "The Land of Funk".

Band history[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

In early 1969, The Nomads met The Montereys, and formed a band consisting of lead guitarist Stephen Shockley and founding members Mark Wood, Tiemeyer McCain, Tony White, and Brian Marbury. The two groups played together in musical revues in the tri-state area of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

When The Montereys left the Tri-State area later in 1969 to pursue opportunities in New York City, Stephen Shockley and The Nomads remained behind. Mark Wood, the other Nomads, and Stephen Shockley soon added other instrumentalists, the result being The Nomads and The Young Underground.

In 1971, The Nomads and The Young Underground took on a new, singular identity: With the addition of Thomas Shelby and Mark Wood's sister Shirley Wood, they became Ohio Lakeside Express.[1]

In 1971, the group became acquainted with Eddie Thomas of Curtom, a record label owned and operated by Mr. Thomas and his partner, Curtis Mayfield.[2] Eddie Thomas left Curtom to form his own label: "Lakeside", which he named after the south-side of Chicago. Lakeside (the record label) signed Ohio Lakeside Express. Eddie Thomas had a number of producers expressing interest in producing an album for Lakeside, but nothing materialized at this stage in their career. That would soon change, as Shirley chose not to pursue her singing career - so they added Ricky Abernathy as a new singer.

At "Mavericks Flats", another of the big-time venues of the day, by now they added another vocalist (Otis Stokes) to replace Ricky Abernathy, and a new percussionist (Fred Lewis). The group was seen by Dick Griffey, a promoter handling successful artists like Stevie Wonder.[1] Impressed by the group, he offered his friendship and advice, and began informally managing Lakeside in early 1975. It was also in 1974 that Lakeside met Frank Wilson and signed a deal with Motown.[1] Things seemed to be looking up for the band. Unfortunately, Motown was promoting and prioritizing other groups, and shelved what they had produced for Lakeside.

When Frank Wilson left Motown in 1976 for ABC Dunhill, he formed his own production company called "Spec-O-Lite Productions" and signed Lakeside after convincing them to drop the "Ohio" and "Express.".[1][2]

In 1977, Lakeside's success began to accelerate. That year, the group released their eponymous debut album, which featured the single "If I Didn't Have You". About this time the group debuted on Soul Train, performing a Beloyd Taylor and Peter Cor composition "Shine On", which helped pave the way for future success. As Lakeside added barefoot drummer Fred Alexander, Jr., the band was approached by Whitfield Records, Motown, and Solar Records. Lakeside chose Solar Records, owned by Dick Griffey, with stable mates The Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, Klymaxx, and Carrie Lucas.[1]

Major label success[edit]

Dick Griffey, the producer who had befriended and managed Lakeside since 1975, started Solar Records in 1978.[1] At that same time, Norman Whitfield had been courting the group to sign with his Whitfield Records, but Griffey offered the group a chance to write and co-produce their own music, which Whitfield was not willing to do.

Parting amicably with Frank Wilson, Lakeside became a part of the Solar family.[1] The band released their next album, Shot of Love later in 1978.[1] Their first Solar album featured songs all written by members of the band and co-produced with Solar staff producer, Leon Sylvers III.[1] With this album, the band began to find major success on the R&B charts, when the single "It's All the Way Live" reached #4.[1]

The band, at this point consisting of bassist Marvin Craig, drummer Fred Alexander, percussionist Fred Lewis, guitarist Steve Shockley, keyboardist Norman Beavers, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Otis Stokes, additional lead vocalist/keyboardist Mark Wood, and background vocalists Tiemeyer McCain and Thomas Shelby, found their niche with a sound that stemmed from years of playing together. The band dressed in costumes on their album covers, including pirates, 1920s police officers, cowboys, Arabian knights, and even Robin Hood.[2]

Despite the success of Shot of Love and "It's All the Way Live", the next album, Rough Riders, didn't fare as well. However, the following album, 1980s Fantastic Voyage, exceeded all expectations. Its single, "Fantastic Voyage" went to reach number one on the R&B charts. The tune remains the band's biggest hit, also hitting the pop charts (their only single to do so), where it peaked at number 55. Fantastic Voyage was certified Gold and remains the group's greatest achievement, and it eventually went Platinum. They followed this hit up with a remake of the Beatles' song, "I Want to Hold Your Hand", which made the R&B Top Ten again.

Subsequent to the Fantastic Voyage album, Lakeside would go on to release six more successful albums. More hits on the R&B charts, such as "Raid"(1983) and "Outrageous"(1984) kept the group going until their change in the late 1980s.[1] "Bullseye" (1987) became the group's last major hit, as the New Jack Swing boom began taking over the airwaves.

Tyrone Griffin - one of the later members of Lakeside - has a son in the music industry, Tyrone Griffin, Jr. - known to the public as singer Ty Dolla Sign.[3][4][5]

Recent appearance[edit]

The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights held a benefit concert on September 18, 2019, that raised more than $109,000 to help survivors of the Memorial Day tornado. Performers included the Ohio Players, Zapp, Steve Arrington, and the Original Lakeside.

Band membership[edit]

"Classic" line-up[edit]

Other members[edit]

  • Brian Marbury: 1969-1970 (d. 2009)
  • Tony White: 1969-1970
  • Vincent Beavers: 1969-1975
  • Terry Williams: 1969-1975
  • Ricky Abernathy: 1969-1975
  • Shirley Wood: 1970-1971
  • Johnny Rogers: ????-Present
  • Will Shelby: 1993–Present
  • Donald Tavie: 1985–until his death in 2011
  • Barrington Henderson: 1986-1995
  • Larry Bolden: 1989-1996
  • Floyd Bailey: 1975-1977
  • Tyrone Griffin, Sr: 1983-1997
  • Dale E. Wilson, Sr: 1969-1977
  • Roc Phizzle: 2018–Present



Year Title Billboard 200[6] Top R&B Albums[7] Other information
1977 Lakeside Lakeside's first album, credited as "Lakeside"; contains the ballad "If I Didn't Have You"; Produced by Frank Wilson
1978 Shot of Love 74 10 After Dick Griffey gave Lakeside a chance to write and co-produce their own music, Lakeside signed with Solar Records, and released this album which made them favorites among black audiences; contains the funk song "It's All the Way Live", and the soul ballads "Given in to Love" and "Visions of My Mind"; album cover shows the band as Robin Hood-type archers; it was reissued in 1997 on compact disc by The Right Stuff label.
1979 Rough Riders 141 21 Contains the funk numbers "Pull My Strings" and "From 9:00 Until", "If You Like Our Music", the ballads "I Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "I'll Never Leave You", and the moderate number "All in My Mind"; the album cover shows the group as cowboys
1980 Fantastic Voyage 16 2 Their most successful LP; Contains the hit title track, "Your Love Is on the One" and the ballads "I Love Everything You Do", and "Say Yes"; the album cover shows a painting of the group as pirates, as well as the inside, but it is them, not a painting. (US: Platinum)
1981 Keep on Moving Straight Ahead 109 32 Released by RCA from archived tracks left behind following Solar's change in distribution from RCA to Elektra
1982 Your Wish Is My Command 58 9 Contains the Beatles' cover "I Want to Hold Your Hand"; the album cover shows the group as genies. (US: Gold)
1983 Untouchables 42 10 A concept album by Lakeside; the album cover shows the group as FBI agents; features the big hits, "Raid" and "Real Love". (US: Gold)
1984 Outrageous 68 11 The album cover shows the group as "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; includes the R&B top ten title track and the minor hit, "Make My Day". (US: Gold)
1987 Power 35 A Lakeside album featuring an "updated" mid/late-1980s sound; includes the Brownmark (formerly of Prince's band)-penned tune "Relationship" and the slow jam, "Bulls Eye"
1990 Party Patrol Last Lakeside studio album

Charting singles[edit]

Year Song US[8] Top R&B Singles[8] Club Play singles[8] Album
1978 "It's All the Way Live (Part 1)" - 4 - Shot of Love
1979 "Given in to Love" - 73 -
"Pull My Strings" - 31 - Rough Riders
1980 "From 9:00 Until" - 44 73
"Fantastic Voyage" 55 1 12 Fantastic Voyage
1981 "Your Love Is on the One" - 14 -
"We Want You (On the Floor)" - 44 - Keep on Moving Straight Ahead
1982 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - 5 - Your Wish Is My Command
"Something About That Woman" - 25 -
1983 "Raid" - 8 - Untouchables
"Turn the Music Up" - 38 -
"Real Love" - 17 -
1984 "Outrageous" - 7 42 Outrageous
"Make My Day" - 37 -
1987 "Relationship" - 24 - Power
"Bullseye" - 33 -
1990 "Money" - 62 - Party Patrol


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