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Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres funk, R&B, soul
Years active 1980–1981
Labels 20th Century Fox, SAM Records
Notable instruments
Roscoe Taylor (lead vocals, trumpet)
Ellsworth "EI-T" Anderson (bass, lead vocals)
Vince Jackson (guitar, lead vocals)
Charles Holmes (drums)
Joseph "Jo Jo" McKnight (congas, percussion)
Kevin Barbee (keyboards)
Richard Menter (trumpet)
Kenneth Hicks (sax)

Rhyze was an American R&B and funk band. The group consisted of Roscoe Taylor (lead vocals, trumpet), Elisworth "EI-T" Anderson (bass, lead vocals), Vince Jackson (guitar, lead vocals), Charles Holmes (drums), Joseph "Jo Jo" McKnight (congas, percussion), Kevin Barbee (keyboards), Richard Menter (trumpet) and Kenneth Hicks (sax). Rhyze was nominated for Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1981. The band split up around the same year.[1]

Rhyze is probably best known for their song "Just How Sweet Is Your Love" which entered two Billboard charts in 1980. It reached number 16 on Hot Dance/Disco chart and number 92 on Black Singles chart.[2]

The band was mostly influenced by jazz, funk, disco and soul.

Band members[edit]

  • Roscoe Taylor – lead vocals, trumpet
  • Ellsworth 'EI-T' Anderson – bass, lead vocals)
  • Vince Jackson – guitar, lead vocals
  • Charles Holmes – drums
  • Joseph "Jo Jo" McKnight – congas, percussion
  • Kevin Barbee – keyboards
  • Richard Menter – trumpet
  • Kenneth Hicks – sax




Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US UK
1980 Just How Sweet Is Your Love
1981 Rhyze To The Top
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that region.


Year Song U.S.[2] U.S. R&B[2] U.S. Dance[2] Album
1980 "Free / Singing And Dancing" Just How Sweet Is Your Love
"Just How Sweet Is Your Love / I Found Love In You"1 #92 #16
1981 "Rhyze To The Top" Rhyze To The Top
"Tonight's Gonna Be My Night"
"Tonight's Gonna Be My Night / What Can I Do About This Feeling"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that region.
  • 1 A-side got charted only.


  1. ^ "Page about Rhyze on Soulwalking.co.uk". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rhyze on Allmusic". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard Ads - For your consideration: 24 annual Grammy Awards categories". Billboard. 93: 5. Dec 19, 1981.