Pieces of a Dream (band)

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Pieces of a Dream
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres
Years active1976–present
LabelsElektra, Heads Up
Associated actsGrover Washington Jr.
Websitepiecesofadream.net
MembersJames Lloyd, Curtis Harmon
Past membersTracy Hamlin, Cedric Napoleon, Ron Kerber, Eddie Baccus Jr., Michael Antonio Thornton, Norwood Young, Benjie Porecki, Cherie Mitchell

Pieces of a Dream is an American R&B and jazz fusion group.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The group was formed in Philadelphia during 1976 by bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd who were all teenagers at the time. The group based their name on "Pieces of Dreams", a Michel Legrand tune recorded by Stanley Turrentine that they regularly performed. During 1981 Pieces of a Dream had a minor soul hit with 'Warm Weather' (vocals by singer Barbara Walker and synthesizer by Dexter Wansel) which was recorded on Elektra Records and co-produced by Dexter Wansel. In late 1983, the group had their most successful single, "Fo-Fi-Fo", which peaked at No. 13 on the US soul chart.[1][2]

The single “What Can I Do,” from the album ‘Bout Dat Time, with Norwood on the lead vocals, peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart in February 1990.[3]

Tracy Hamlin, was the group's lead vocalist from 2002 to 2005 and sings on two of their albums, Love Silhouette and No Assembly Required.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title[2] Peak chart positions Record label
US
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US R&B
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US Jazz
[7]
US Con. Jazz
[8]
US Tra. Jazz
[9]
1981 Pieces of a Dream 170 37 15[10] Elektra Records
1982 We Are One 114 22 4[11] Elektra Records
1984 Imagine This 90 16 4 Elektra Records
1986 Joyride 102 18 3 Manhattan Records
1988 Makes You Wanna 60 24
1990 Bout Dat Time 57
1993 In Flight 81 44 7
1995 Goodbye Manhattan 9 8
1998 Pieces 13 9
1999 Ahead To The Past 11 9
2001 Acquainted With The Night 20 12
2003 Love's Silhouette 16 8
2004 No Assembly Required 11 6
2006 Pillow Talk 8 4
2009 Soul Intent 11 5
2013 In The Moment 6 3
2015 All In 10 3
2017 Just Funkin' Around 6 2
2019 On Another Note 1

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title[2] Peak chart positions Record label
US Pop
[5]
US R&B
[6]
US Jazz
[7]
US Con. Jazz
[12]
1995 The Best Of.. 31 19 Blue Note
2002 Sensual Embrace - The Soul Ballads 30 18 Blue Note
2004 Sensual Embrace 2: More Soul Ballads 16 11 Blue Note
2005 Blue Note Trip: Jazzanova

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 462.
  2. ^ a b c d "Pieces of a Dream". Allmusic.com.
  3. ^ "Top Hip-Hop Songs / R&B Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  4. ^ No Assembly Required
  5. ^ a b "Pieces of a Dream: Billboard 200". billboard.com.
  6. ^ a b "Pieces of a Dream: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". billboard.com.
  7. ^ a b "Pieces of a Dream: Top Jazz Albums". billboard.com.
  8. ^ "Pieces of a Dream: Top Contemporary Jazz Albums". billboard.com.
  9. ^ "Pieces of a Dream: Top Traditional Jazz Albums". billboard.com.
  10. ^ Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs. 93. Billboard Magazine. December 19, 1981. p. 27.
  11. ^ Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs. 94. Billboard Magazine. October 23, 1982. p. 36.
  12. ^ "Pieces of a Dream: Top Contemporary Jazz Albums". billboard.com.

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