Yarbrough and Peoples

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Yarbrough and Peoples
OriginDallas, Texas, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk, boogie, soul, urban
Years active1980–1986
LabelsTotal Experience (U.S.)
MembersCavin Yarbrough
Alisa Peoples
Cavin Yarbrough in 1983
Alisa Peoples in 1983

Yarbrough and Peoples was an American urban contemporary duo from Dallas, Texas, United States. Their biggest selling release was "Don't Stop the Music," a US Billboard R&B chart topper in 1981.


Cavin Leon Yarbrough (born January 22, 1954) and Alisa Delois Peoples (born June 29, 1957) both grew up in Dallas, Texas, having known each other since they were young children, as they had met taking piano lessons,[1] after which they remained friends throughout their childhoods.[2]

In the mid-1970s, Yarbrough was on tour in the band of Leon Russell and met the Wilson Brothers, who went on to form The Gap Band. Upon returning to Dallas some months later[when?], the twosome started the band Grand Theft,[1] both as featured keyboardists as well as vocalists. In 1977, the Wilson Brothers had just joined Total Experience Records (which was at that point a production company) as the Gap Band and went down to Dallas to perform a concert. Later that night, trying to unwind after the show, the Wilsons caught the twosome's act,[2] and as a result, Lonnie Simmons (President of Total Experience) invited the couple to Los Angeles where they began playing in clubs around Southern California.

Two years later, they signed their own recording contract with Total Experience and recorded and released their debut album, The Two Of Us.[2] which contained "Don't Stop the Music," topping the US Billboard R&B chart in early 1981,[1] knocking their label-mate's song "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" out of the top spot.[2] The song went on to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than any of the other songs released on the label up to that time. In addition, the corresponding album went Gold and peaked at #16 in the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.[2] Across the pond in Europe, the UK release of the song reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart and was also certified Gold.[3]

The duo continued on with its R&B success throughout the 1980s, with four more Top 10 R&B hits: "Heartbeats" (R&B #10 in 1983), "Don't Waste Your Time" (Pop #48, R&B #1 in 1984; #60 UK), "Guilty" (R&B #2 in 1986; #53 UK), and "I Wouldn't Lie" (R&B #6 in 1986; #61 UK), all of which brought the band success.[2] After Guilty, its final album for Total Experience/RCA, Yarbrough and Peoples left the label in 1986.

They married in Las Vegas on January 18, 1987, and tiring of the Southern California grind, returned to their hometown of Dallas and started their own music production company, Yarbrough & Peoples Productions. Today[when?], they continue to write, produce, and perform concerts, mentor other gifted newcomers, and otherwise continue to leave their indelible stamp on the music industry.[citation needed]

In 2009, they both appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Blind Lemon Blues at the York Theater in New York, where Cavin Yarbrough portrayed Lead Belly.[4]

The duo was featured on an episode of TV One's Unsung on September 2, 2015.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US Pop

1980 The Two of Us 16 1 33 Mercury/PolyGram Records
1983 Heartbeats 25 47 Total Experience
1984 Be a Winner 90 6
1986 Guilty 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US Pop


1981 "Don't Stop the Music" 19 1 26 73 40 2 7
"Third Degree" 74
1982 "Heartbeats" 101 10 61 10 91
1983 "Feels So Good" 20
1984 "Don't Waste Your Time" 48 1 11 60
"Be a Winner" 20
"I'll Be There"
1985 "Guilty" 2 53
1986 "I Wouldn't Lie" 93 6 34 61
"Wrapped Around Your Finger" 46
"Don't Stop the Feeling"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Yarbrough & Peoples | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 613. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Blind Lemon Blues". Offbroadway.com. September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Yarbrough & Peoples (Billboard 200)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  6. ^ "Yarbrough & Peoples (Top Soul Albums)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  7. ^ a b "Yarbrough & Peoples". dutchcharts.nl. Dutch Charts.
  8. ^ a b "Yarbrough & Peoples". riaa.com. Recording Industry Association of America.
  9. ^ "Yarbrough & Peoples (Hot 100)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  10. ^ "Yarbrough & Peoples (Hot Soul Songs)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  11. ^ "Yarbrough & Peoples (Dance Club Songs)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  12. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "CAN Charts > Yarbrough & Peoples". RPM. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "UK Charts > Yarbrough & Peoples". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "Yarbrough and Peoples: Don't Stop the Music". bpi.co.uk. BPI.

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