Sydney Youngblood

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Sydney Youngblood
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Background information
Birth name Sydney Ford
Born (1960-12-02) December 2, 1960 (age 55)
Origin San Antonio, Texas, United States
Genres Dance, funk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1989–present
Labels Circa Records
Virgin Records
Arista Records

Sydney Youngblood (born Sydney Ford, 2 December 1960, San Antonio, Texas) is an American-German singer, who had several successful dance/funk hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Career[edit]

Youngblood had four Top 40 hits in the UK and Europe in 1988 and 1989, including "Sit and Wait", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and his debut "If Only I Could". "If Only I Could" used the bassline and drumbeat from the Raze track "Break 4 Love", and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

In the U.S., the song "I'd Rather Go Blind" (originally sung by Etta James) enjoyed heavy rotation on the dance scene and made the Top 10 in the "Billboard Dance Charts". "Sit and Wait" reached number 16 in the UK in December 1989.[2]

Youngblood continued his success with the album, Feeling Free, which also contained his earlier single, "Ain't No Sunshine".

Sydney Youngblood vs Soul II Soul[edit]

Minor controversy ensued during Youngblood's chart reign. Due to his musical style of soul vocals over hip-hop rhythms, he had been accused by some in the music press of copying the sound of Soul II Soul, an influential British black music group who had reached number one with their hit "Back To Life". Youngblood responded by releasing a remix of his earlier hit "Feeling Free" (featuring Elaine Hudson) called "The Jazzy Who? remix" in reference to Soul II Soul's Jazzie B. The track featured piano lead that sounded similar to "Happiness" by Soul II Soul, and used a beat identical to "Jazzies Groove".[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Feeling Free (1989) – UK #23,[2] AUS #59,[4] AUT #7,[5] GER #9,[6] NED #56,[7] NZ #19,[8] SWE #5,[9] SWI #9[10]
  • Sydney Youngblood (1990) (North American release of the "Feeling Free" album)US #185[11]
  • Passion, Grace and Serious Bass... (1991) – AUT #40,[12] GER #60,[13] SWE #39[9]
  • Just the Way It Is (1993)
  • The Hat Won't Fit (1994)
  • Black Magic (2014)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[2][14]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[15]
BEL
(FLA)

[16]
FRA
[17]
GER
[18][19]
IRE
[20]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
US
[21]
1988 "Ain't No Sunshine" 78 Feeling Free
"Congratulations"
1989 "If Only I Could" 3 122 3 1 8 3 2 2 28 9 3
"Sit and Wait" 16 59 2 2 21 2 15 7 2 6
1990 "I'd Rather Go Blind" 44 71 34 23 46
"Ain't No Sunshine" (FRA only) 35
1991 "Hooked On You" 72 120 35 36 34 27 Passion, Grace And Serious Bass...
"Wherever You Go"
1993 "Anything" 48 27 51 Just The Way It Is
"No Big Deal" 90
1994 "So Good So Right (All I Can Do)" 91 The Hat Won't Fit
1999 "Christmas Song" singles only
2007 "If Only I Could" (Tom Pulse vs. Sydney Youngblood) 89
2013 "Sit And Wait 2013" (with Jesse Ritch)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 616. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Sydney Youngblood". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Youngblood - Sit And Wait / Feeling Free (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
    • Top 100 peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
    • "If Only I Could", "Hooked On You" and "Wherever You Go": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". imgur.com. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2016-03-15.  N.B. The #71 peak listed for the 1990 release of "If Only I Could" is for a triple A-side 12" release of the "I'd Rather Go Blind" single.
  5. ^ "austriancharts.at > Sydney Youngblood – Feeling Free" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Sydney Youngblood – Feeling Free (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  7. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Sydney Youngblood in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  8. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Sydney Youngblood in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  9. ^ a b c "swedishcharts.com > Sydney Youngblood in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  10. ^ a b "hitparade.ch > Sydney Youngblood in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Sydney Youngblood > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  12. ^ "austriancharts.at > Sydney Youngblood – Passion, Grace and Serious Bass..." (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Sydney Youngblood – Passion, Grace and Serious Bass... (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  14. ^ UK singles chart peak for "No Big Deal": "UKMix > Forums > Chart Chat > Chart Analysis > The 76-100 pos. UK-Charts-Thread > Page 9 (screen-shot)". UKmix.org. Retrieved 2016-03-15.  N.B. This peak does not appear on the Official Charts site, as positions 76–100 between April 1991 and January 1994 inclusive are currently missing.
  15. ^ "austriancharts.at > Sydney Youngblood (singles)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop > Sydney Youngblood In Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  17. ^ "lescharts.com > Sydney Youngblood Dans Les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  18. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Suchen nach Sydney Youngblood (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  19. ^ "Sydney Youngblood - German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  20. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Sydney Youngblood". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  21. ^ "US Hot 100 - Sydney Youngblood". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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