Raw Silk

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Raw Silk
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Club, boogie, R&B
Years active 1979–1983
Labels West End Records, Arista Records
Past members Jessica Cleaves, Sybil Thomas, Tenita Jordan

Raw Silk was an American dance band, originated in New York. Raw Silk is best known for their garage-boogie song "Do It to the Music" (1982). The group consists of two Crown Heights Affair members, Ron Dean Miller and Bert Reid, and three female vocalists Jessica Cleaves, Sybil Thomas, Tenita Jordan. Their production was somewhat successful, "Do It to the Music" reached number 5 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts, "Just in Time" (1983) peaked lower, at number 40 on the same chart. The single was more successful in the United Kingdom, though.[1][2]


First Raw Silk signed to West End Records, which was once a popular garage label, where they recorded moderate hits "Do It to the Music" and "Just in Time". Their songs were remixed by post-disco/R&B production duo Nick Martinelli and David Todd.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Song Label Peak chart positions[1][2]
Dance R&B UK Singles Chart
1982 "Do It to the Music" West End #5 #65 #18
1983 "Just in Time" West End #40 #49



"Do It to the Music"
12" / WES 22148[3]
  1. "Do It to the Music" (Vocal) – 6:36
  2. "Do It to the Music" (Dub Mix) – 5:10
  3. "Do It to the Music" (Radio Mix) – 5:10
  • Label: West End (US), KR (UK)
"Just in Time"
12" / WES 22159[4]
  1. "Just in Time" (Vocal) – 6:36
  2. "Just in Time & Space" (Dub) – 5:10
  • Label: West End (US), Arista (UK)


  1. ^ a b "Raw Silk at ChartStats". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  2. ^ a b "Raw Silk at AMG". Allmusic Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  3. ^ ""Do it to the music" at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ ""Just in time" at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-20.