Monday, October 08, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-GQ

Song:Disco Nights (Rock Freak)
Album:Best Of Disco Nights

The funk group GQ topped the R & B charts in 1979 with Disco Nights. It was also a top twenty pop hit. They had other hits mostly on the R & B charts. GQ is from Bronx, NY. They started out in 1968 as Sabu & The Survivors and then were called The Rhythm Makers in the 70s. The lead singer and guitarist was Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc along with Keith "Sabu" Crier on bass, Herb Lane on keyboards and Kenny Banks on drums. The Rhythm Makers recorded the album Soul On Your Side in 1976 and a dance hit with Zone. Banks left and was replaced by Paul Service in 1978. Their manager suggested a group name change to GQ which stands for Good Quality. GQ signed with Arista Records and the first single Disco Nights topped the R & B Singles chart and it reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Service left and was briefly replaced by Banks and then Steve Adorno was the permanent replacement. GQ's other top twenty pop hit was their cover of the Billy Stewart classic I Do Love You. And they had a few more R & B hits. They recorded three albums for Arista. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc recorded an album for Capitol in 1991. He still leads a version of GQ. Keith Crier is the son of Arthur Crier of the doo wop group The Halos and is the uncle of R & B singer Keith Sweat. Her is GQ performing Disco Nights (Rock Freak) 1980.

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