Stevie Woods (musician)

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Stevie Woods
Birth nameJoseph Stephen Woods, Jr.
Born(1951-07-02)July 2, 1951
Chatham, Virginia, United States
DiedJanuary 28, 2014(2014-01-28) (aged 62)
Berlin, Germany
GenresR&B
Occupation(s)Singer
Associated actsCrowd Pleasers

Joseph Stephen "Stevie" Woods, Jr. (July 2, 1951 – January 28, 2014) was an American R&B musician and singer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Woods was born in Chatham, Virginia,[2] to jazz great Rusty Bryant.[3] In the late 1970s, he was a member of the funk band Crowd Pleasers. In the early 1980s, his two singles, "Steal the Night" and "Just Can't Win 'Em All", reached top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. After his brief U.S. fame fizzled, Woods relocated to Germany, where he successfully re-launched his career, releasing the single "Rock Me Baby" and starring in the musical Starlight Express.[2][4][5] In 2010, his all three early-1980s albums were re-issued on CD by Wounded Bird Records.[4] The following year, he released the album Quiet Storm.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Woods, a former Marine, graduated from Austin Community College.[7]

In the 1970s and 1980s Stevie was married to Hollywood actress/entrepreneur Cheri Woods (née Lewis). In 1985 they had a daughter, Tiana Woods, now an L.A.-based singer/songwriter and front woman for the band Varna. Cheri later chronicled their life together in her 2001 self-published book Death Row Madam: Exposing Sex and Drugs in the Entertainment Industry. According to it, Stevie Woods was a cousin of American actor Philip Michael Thomas.[2]

Death[edit]

Stevie Woods died of diabetes-related complications in Berlin, Germany on January 28, 2014, at the age of 62.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Take Me to Your Heaven (Cotillion Records, 1981) U.S. #153, U.S. R&B #44[10]
  • The Woman in My Life (Cotillion, 1982)
  • Attitude (Cotillion, 1983)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[11]
Billboard Hot 100 US R&B US A/C
1981 "Steal the Night" 25 36 14
1982 "Just Can't Win 'Em All" 38 57 15
"Fly Away" 84 23
"Woman in My Life" 42
1983 "Ain't That Peculiar" 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fanfare - Volume 6, Issues 1-2 - Page 473 Joel Flegler - 1982 - You hardly notice the music as you do some sorting, filing, old correspondence, making pate, grouting the bath tub Stevie Woods is a pretty young man with a voice triangulated between Johnny Mathis' and Grady Tate's.
  2. ^ a b c Woods, Cheri. Death Row Madam: Exposing Sex and Drugs in the Entertainment Industry. Taking Care of Business, 2001.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  4. ^ a b "Stevie Woods | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  5. ^ "Take Me To Your Heaven (Reissue) (2011) | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  6. ^ "Stevie Woods | Quiet Storm | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  7. ^ [1] Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ von N. Schulze. "B.Z. Berlin - 'Stars in Concert'-Star tot im Estrel gefunden". Bz-berlin.de. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  9. ^ ""Steal the Night" singer Stevie Woods dies at age 62 | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  10. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  11. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.