The Fuzz (band)
The Fuzz was an American female vocal trio from Washington, D.C.. They started out in 1970 as The Passionettes, but changed their name when they signed to Calla Records in 1971. Their self-titled debut album, which came out that year, was significant in that it was one of the first "concept" albums by a female artist and interspersed monologues (then referred to as "raps") and musical selections, built around a theme comparing love to the four seasons. Further, most of the songs were written by a group member (Shelia Young). The group had a great influence on the style Love Unlimited would later popularize under the tutelage of Barry White. The single "I Love You for All Seasons" went Top 10 on the US Billboard R&B chart and peaked at #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Like an Open Door", hit #14 on the R&B chart, and after releasing two more singles with little or no success, they disbanded in 1972. The group reunited in the 1990s and performed at the Art Lebow Concert Hall in California with a new member on September 11, 2010, more than two years after the death of Barbara Gilliam, and with Val Williams and two new members at The WAVE’s Love Affair Concert at Honda Center, Anaheim, California on February 11, 2017.
- Sheila Young
- Val Williams
- Barbara Gilliam (died August 4, 2008, Alexandria, Virginia)
- Danielle Angelique Mims
|Year||Album||US Pop||US R&B||Record label|
|1971||The Fuzz||196||43||Calla Records|
|US Pop||US R&B|
|1970||"Sister Watch Yourself"
(as The Passionettes)
|—||—||Uni Records||"Stand by Your Man"|
|1970||"I Love You for All Seasons"||21||10||Calla Records||"I Love You for All Seasons"
|1971||"Like an Open Door"||77||14||"Leave It All Behind Me"|
|"I'm So Glad"||95||35||"All About Love"|
|1972||"Do Just What You Can"||—||—||"Mr. Heartaches and Miss Tears"|
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