Monday, September 28, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-First Choice
Song:Armed And Extremely Dangerous
The 1973 hit Armed And Extremely Dangerous was the first big hit for the Philly Soul girl group First Choice and they would have a lot of success on the R & B and Disco charts through the 70s. They were produced by Baker-Harris-Young. The lead singer of First Choice was Rochelle Fleming (born Feb. 11, 1950 in Philadelphia). She first got together with Joyce Jones and Annette Guest as The Debonettes. DJ Georgie Woods introduced them to producer Norman Harris and eventually First Choice signed with Stan Watson's Philly Groove label distributed by Bell Records. Armed And Extremely Dangerous was their second single and it reached #11 on the R & B charts and #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fleming is a great singer and may be one of the most sampled vocalists by hip hop guys. Harris wrote the song and wrote the arrangement with Ron Baker & Earl Young. First Choice continued to have plenty of success on the R & B and Disco charts even after Harris took them to his new label Goldmind distributed by Salsoul. The group continued to do well but disco was fading and Salsoul closed. Legal wrangling forced Fleming to end First Choice. This Capitol comp has all their hits. Rochelle Fleming reformed First Choice in 1987 once she got the rights to the group name and she continues to lead them today. Obviously sampling and remixing have kept the group alive. Here's First Choice performing Armed And Extremely Dangerous on Soul Train 1974.