Toby (album)

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Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released June 1974
Genre R&B, soul
Length 44:32
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
Half a Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Toby is the seventh studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1974 on the Brunswick label.


By 1974, Brunswick had started to struggle financially so Toby was less heavily-promoted than the group's previous albums and fared less well commercially. It was the first Chi-Lites album since 1970 to stall outside the R&B top 10 (peaking at #12) and to miss the top 100 on the Pop listings. Three singles from the album were top 20 R&B hits. In the UK however, where the Chi-Lites had previously established themselves as a successful singles group, none of the issued singles made any impact on the national chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Toby" Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin 3:44
2. "You Got to Be the One" Eugene Record, Marshall Arrington 3:54
3. "The Sound of Lonely" Eugene Record, Stan McKenney 5:01
4. "The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)" Chesley McCaull 5:26
5. "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)" Eugene Record 5:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "That's How Long" Archie Powell, Tony Boyd 5:03
7. "Happiness Is Your Middle Name" Eugene Record 3:33
8. "I Lied" Eugene Record 5:40
9. "I Like to Live the Love (That I Sing About)" Dave Crawford, Charles Mann 4:00
10. "Gettin' on Outta Town" Eugene Record, Sandra Drayton 2:50


Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 181
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 12
Year Single Peak chart positions

1974 "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)" 63 8
"You Got to Be the One" 83 15
"Toby" 78 7
"That's How Long"


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Toby review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  2. ^ a b c "US Charts > The Chi-Lites". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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