Tavares (group)

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The group in 1977.
Background information
Also known as Chubby and the Turnpikes
The Tavares Brothers
Origin Providence, RI, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, disco, soul, funk
Years active 1959–present
Labels Capitol, RCA
Website Official website
Members Arthur Paul Tavares
Antone Lee Tavares
Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr.
Perry Lee Tavares
Past members Victor Tavares
Ralph Vierra Tavares

Tavares (also known as The Tavares Brothers) are an American R&B, funk, and soul music group, composed of five Cape Verdean-American brothers. Born and raised in Providence, RI, they would later move to New Bedford, MA. They were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

  • Ralph — Ralph Edward Vierra Tavares (December 10, 1942)
  • Pooch — Arthur Paul Tavares (November 12, 1943)
  • Chubby — Antone Lee Tavares (June 2, 1945)
  • Butch — Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr. (May 18, 1948)
  • Tiny — Perry Lee Tavares (October 23, 1949)

Biography and career[edit]

The Tavares brothers, whose parents were of Cape Verdean descent, started performing in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes when the youngest brother was 9. Future Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer appeared as the "token white-guy drummer" in a later incarnation called The Turnpikes from the fall of 1969 until September of 1970, when he was invited to join Aerosmith. Chubby and The Turnpikes signed with Capitol Records in 1967 and had a couple of local hit records including "I Know The Inside Story" in 1967 and "Nothing But Promises" in 1968.[1] By 1973, they had changed their name to Tavares and scored their first R&B Top 10 (Pop Top 40) hit with "Check it Out", and soon began charting regularly on the R&B and pop charts. Their first album included their brother Victor, who sang lead on "Check it Out", but dropped out of the group shortly afterward. In 1974 Tavares had a #1 R&B hit with Hall & Oates's "She's Gone", (which became a hit for Hall & Oates as well two years later). Tavares followed up that success with "Remember What I Told You to Forget".

1975 turned out to be their most successful year chartwise, with a Top 40 Pop album (In the City) and their biggest hit, the Top 10 Pop/#1 R&B smash "It Only Takes a Minute", which was later successfully covered by both Jonathan King and Take That, and sampled by Jennifer Lopez. They parlayed this success into a spot as an opening act for The Jackson 5. KC and The Sunshine Band was also on this tour. "Minute" was followed by a string of hits: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" (1976), "Don't Take Away the Music" (1976), and "Whodunit" (1977, another #1 R&B hit). In 1977 they also recorded "I Wanna See You Soon", a duet with Capitol labelmate Freda Payne which received airplay on BBC Radio 1 but failed to chart.

Many of their hits, however, underplayed their R&B background and gave the group the image of being a disco act. This perception was reinforced by their appearance on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Tavares recorded the Bee Gees song "More Than a Woman", and their version reached the Pop Top 40 that year. The soundtrack became one of the most successful in history, giving Tavares their only Grammy.

Later albums, such as Madam Butterfly and Supercharged, strayed from the disco format and were less successful on the pop chart (although they continued to have Top 10 R&B hits such as "Never Had a Love Like This Before" and the popular sociopolitical "Bad Times" written by British singer-songwriter Gerard McMahon). At the start of the 1980s, Tavares left Capitol Records, signing with RCA. They had one last major hit, the ballad "A Penny for Your Thoughts", for which they were nominated for a Grammy in 1982; their last major release was Words and Music in 1983.

In 1984, Ralph Tavares stepped down from the group, and Tiny left in the mid-1990s, but the other three brothers continued to tour. In early 2009, Tiny Tavares rejoined and is currently touring with the group. Tiny Tavares also invited his grandson Anthony Paul Verville to sing on stage with him during a live family concert.

"It Only Takes a Minute" was later covered by British boy band Take That, becoming a Top 10 UK hit, and is featured in the soundtrack of Konami's dancing game Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix.

"Out of the Picture" was sampled by 50 Cent in his 2003 song "Many Men (Wish Death)".

Musician Feliciano "Flash" Vierra Tavares, the family patriarch and father of all members of Tavares, died in 2008.[2]

Chubby Tavares released his first solo album, Jealousy, on July 17, 2012, a few months after Tavares, the Four Tops, and the Temptations toured the UK together. Preceding the album a digital-only single was released called "It's Christmas". On December 17, it reached #5 on Amazon's Acid Jazz chart. Both the album and the single were produced by Carla Olson, and the album was released by Fuel Records/Universal.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Record Label

1974 Check It Out 160 20 Capitol
Hard Core Poetry 121 11
1975 In the City 26 8 93
1976 Sky High! 24 20 36 7 2 22
1977 Love Storm 59 15 99 67
1978 Future Bound 115 55
1979 Madam Butterfly 92 13 90
1980 Supercharged 75 20
Love Uprising 205
1981 Loveline
1982 New Directions 137 30 RCA
1983 Words and Music 208 48
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record Label

1977 The Best of Tavares 72 42 39
  • UK: Silver [8]
1993 Capitol Gold: The Best of Tavares 28
1996 The Greatest Hits EMI
1997 It Only Takes a Minute: A Lifetime with Tavares
2001 The Best of Tavares EMI-Capitol
2002 Classic Masters Capitol
2004 Anthology
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications



1973 "Check It Out" 35 5
1974 "That's the Sound That Lonely Makes" 70 10
"Too Late" 59 10 67
"She's Gone" 50 1 96
1975 "Remember What I Told You to Forget" (A-side) 25 4 46
"My Ship" (B-side)
"It Only Takes a Minute" 10 1 2 17
"Free Ride" 52 8 71
1976 "The Love I Never Had" 11
"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part 1)" 15 3 1 18 30 11 9 1 30 4
"Don't Take Away the Music" 34 14 48 7 5 4
  • UK: Silver [8]
1977 "The Mighty Power of Love" 25
"Whodunit" 22 1 31 32 15 7 3 5
"One Step Away" 16
"Goodnight My Love" 14
"More Than a Woman" 32 36 29 34 7
"I Wanna See You Soon" (with Freda Payne)
1978 "The Ghost of Love (Part 1)" 48 29
"Timber" 94
"Slow Train to Paradise" 18 62
"Never Had a Love Like This Before" 5
1979 "Straight from Your Heart" 77
"Bad Times" 47 10
1980 "I Can't Go on Living Without You" 42
"Love Uprising" 17
1981 "Loneliness" 64
"Turn Out the Nightlight" 45
"Loveline" 47
1982 "A Penny for Your Thoughts" 33 16 15 60 45 17
1983 "Got to Find My Way Back to You" 24
"Deeper in Love" 10 41
"Words and Music" 29
1985 "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Remix by Ben Liebrand)" 8 11 12
"Don't Take Away the Music (Hands off the Music Mix)" 48
1986 "It Only Takes a Minute (Remix by Ben Liebrand)" 46
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Often considered the highest music honor, the awards were established in 1958.[12] Tavares has won one award from one nomination.

Tavares was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1979 Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack Album of the Year Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Coddy, Don (2008-12-19). "Tavares patriarch dies". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "US Albums Charts > Tavares". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Tavares". RPM. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  6. ^ a b c "NL Charts > Tavares". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  7. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Tavares". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  8. ^ a b c "UK Certified Awards Search > Tavares". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  9. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Tavares". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  10. ^ "NZ Charts > Tavares". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  11. ^ "US Certifications > Tavares". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  12. ^ O'Neill, Thomas (1999). The Grammys: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Music's Highest Honor. Perigee Trade. 

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