Whistle (band)

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Whistle
OriginUSA
GenresHip Hop, R&B
Years active1986–1992
LabelsSelect Records
Past membersJazzy Jazz
Kool Doobie
Silver Spinner
Kraze
Terk

Whistle was an American 1980s hip hop and contemporary R&B group that was composed of Jazzy Jazz, Kool Doobie, and DJ Silver Spinner. The group later brought in Kraze and then Terk after Kool Doobie left the group to go solo. Its biggest hit single as a hip hop group was "(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin’" in 1986. The group's first two albums, Whistle, released in 1986, and Transformation, released in 1988, were produced by the Kangol Kid from UTFO and DJ Howie Tee. Kangol and Howie brought in keyboardist/sound wizard Gary Pozner (who had already become a staff producer at Select Records) to handle the sound sampling and help with beat creation. Whistle released a third album, Always and Forever, in 1990, also produced by Kangol Kid, and a fourth album, Get The Love, in 1992.

After the release of its second album, the group gave up rhyming in favor of a contemporary R&B sound ("Barbara's Bedroom" (1987), "Bad Habit" (1990)) and love ballads, including "Chance For Our Love" (1986), "Please Love Me" (1986), "Still My Girl" (1987) and "Right Next To Me" (1988). The group's biggest R&B hit single was a cover version of Heatwave's "Always and Forever" (1990), and "If You Don't Say" (1992). After this, the group disbanded, as Jazzy Jazz went on to form another group called G.H.P. (Group Home Productions) with Free Daydreamer of the group Entouch and Will Skillz of the group Pure Blend. Terk went on to become involved in local and national politics while continuing work as an entrepreneur in entertainment.

"Right Next To Me" became a popular song in the Philippines, with some Filipino singers covering it, including Jed Madela.

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Whistle (1986)
  • Transformation (1988)
  • Always & Forever (1990)
  • Get The Love (1992)
  • The Best Of Whistle (1995)
Singles[1][2][3][4]
Year Song US UK Album
Hot 100 R&B Dance
1986 "(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin'" 17 18 7 Whistle
"Santa Is a B-Boy" Live At The North Pole
"Please Love Me" Whistle
1987 "Barbara's Bedroom" 31
1988 "Falling in Love" 41 Transformation
"Still My Girl" 95
1989 "Transformation"
"Right Next to Me" 60 52
1990 "Bad Habit" 40 13 Always And Forever
"Always and Forever" 35 9
1991 "Do You Care?" 69
1992 "I Am" 92 Get The Love
"If You Don't Say" 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whistle - Whistle at Discogs".
  2. ^ "Whistle - Chart history - Billboard".
  3. ^ Artist chart history AllMusic.com. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 598. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.