One Way (American band)

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One Way
Also known asAl Hudson & the Soul Partners, One Way featuring Al Hudson
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk, disco[1]
Years active1976–present
LabelsABC, MCA, Capitol
Past membersAl Hudson
Alicia Myers
Dave Roberson
Cortez Harris
Kevin McCord
Gregory Greene
Jonathan Meadows
Candyce Edwards
Jeanette Mack-jackson
Lorrie Tice
Valdez Brantley

One Way was an American R&B and funk band that was popular in the late 1970s, and throughout most of the 1980s, led by singer Al Hudson. The group's most successful record was "Cutie Pie", which reached number 4 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and number 61 on the pop chart in 1982.[2]

Al Hudson and the (Soul) Partners[edit]

Detroit vocalist Al Hudson, guitarist Dave Roberson and bassist Kevin McCord founded Al Hudson and the Soul Partners in the mid '70s.[3] Other members included keyboardists Jack Hall and Jonathan “Corky” Meadows, drummers Theodore Dudley and Gregory Greene, Gary Andrews and guitarist Cortez Harris.

They recorded several singles for Atco Records before joining ABC Records and made their debut with the LP Especially for You in 1977.[4] They recorded their second album Cherish that same year and released their third album Spreading Love in 1978 from which the single Spread Love was released. Although not charting in the UK, it became a big hit in the clubs. By that time ABC Records was in the process of being bought by MCA Records and vocalist Alicia Myers joined the group. They released the album Happy Feet as Al Hudson and the Partners in 1979 which contains the R&B hit "You Can Do It" which was co-penned by Myers. The single also peaked at number 10 on Billboard’s Disco Action Top 80 Chart in June 1979, as well as a top 15 hit in the UK.[5]

One Way[edit]

When the band moved to the MCA label, they subsequently changed their name to One Way featuring Al Hudson. Their next album was simply called One Way Featuring Al Hudson and was also released in 1979. The album included the long 12" version of "You Can Do It". Their 1980 album was also confusingly called One Way featuring Al Hudson. By 1981 the band was simply called One Way.[4]

In 1981 frontwoman Alicia Myers left the band to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Candyce Edwards, who served as female lead of the group from 1981 to 1985. Edwards' debut was on the Fancy Dancer album and she remained with the group throughout their biggest successes. After Edwards left the group, Jeanette Mack-Jackson became the Lead female vocalist of One Way. She still sings with them, She’s been with the group for 30 years and she is also on many albums singing.

They were on MCA from 1979 to 1988. They scored five Top 10 U.S. R&B chart hits, with the biggest being "Cutie Pie", which reached number four in 1982.[3]

They had two more minor hits on the UK Singles Chart with "Music" (1979) and "Let's Talk" (1985).[5]

They moved to Capitol Records in 1988, where they released their final album, A New Beginning,[3] later that same year. By this time, only Hudson, Roberson, and Meadows remained from the original line-up.

In 2019, after a 31-year hiatus, One Way featuring Al Hudson released their 12th album, New Old School.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
US
[6]
US R&B
[6]
As Al Hudson and the Soul Partners
1976 Especially for You
1977 Cherish
1978 Spreading Love
As Al Hudson and the Partners
1980 Happy Feet 30
As One Way featuring Al Hudson
1979 One Way featuring Al Hudson 128 25
As One Way
1981 Love Is...One Way 157 18
Fancy Dancer 79 11
1982 Who's Foolin' Who 51 8
Wild Night 16
1983 Shine on Me 164 27
1984 Lady 58 1
1985 Wrap Your Body 156 28
1986 IX 27
1988 A New Beginning
2019 #NewOldSchool
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1993: Cutie Pie
  • 1995: Push
  • 1996: The Best of One Way: Featuring Al Hudson and Alicia Myers
  • 2005: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

Singles[edit]

Al Hudson and the Soul Partners[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US Pop
[7]
US R&B
[8]
US Dance
[2]
UK
[9][10]
1976 "I Got a Notion" 64
1977 "Feelings"
"Why Must We Say Goodbye" 83
"If You Feel Like Dancin'" 78
"Real Love"
1978 "Dance Get Down (Feel the Groove)" 57
"Spread Love" 75
"How Do You Do" 51
1979 "You Can Do It"
(credited as Al Hudson & the Partners)
101 52 10 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

One Way[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US Pop
[7]
US R&B
[8]
US Dance
[11]
UK
[9][12]
1980 "Music" 36 30 56
"Do Your Thang" 36 32
"Pop It" 20
"Something in the Past" 76
1981 "My Lady" 52
"Push" 12
"Pull Fancy Dancer Pull - Part 1" 12
1982 "Who's Foolin' Who" 34
"Cutie Pie" 61 4 29
"Runnin' Away" 83
"Wild Night" 36
1983 "Can I" 43
"Shine on Me" 24 42 88
"Let's Get Together" 44
1984 "Lady You Are" 5
"Mr. Groove" 8 84
"Don't Stop" 51
1985 "Serving It" 66
"Let's Talk" 64
"More than Friends, Less than Lovers" 52
1986 "Don't Think About It" 5 44 97
1987 "You Better Quit" 6 29 100
"Whammy" 25
1988 "Driving Me Crazy" 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: O". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ a b "Al Hudson & the Soul Partners Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "One Way / Al Hudson Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 407. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ a b "One Way - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 570. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 333.
  9. ^ a b Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 92. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  10. ^ "AL HUDSON - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "One Way Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  12. ^ "ONE WAY - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 22, 2022.

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