Monday, October 21, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Tavares

Song:Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
Album:The Greatest Hits

Tavares were regularly at the top of the R & B and dance charts in the 70s. A couple of songs crossed over to pop including Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel in 1976. Tavares is a family group. The parents immigrated from the island of Cape Verde off of Africa to New Bedford, MA. The five brothers are Ralph Tavares (born Dec. 10, 1941), Arthur "Pooch" Tavares (born Nov. 12, 1943), Antone "Chubby" Tavares (born June 2, 1945), Feliciano "Butch" Tavares Jr. (born May 18, 1948) and Perry "Tiny" Tavares (born Oct. 24, 1949). They started out as Chubby and the Turnpikes in 1959. They recorded a couple of singles but then they changed their name to Tavares and started their successful run with the 1973 top five R & B hit Check It Out produced by Johnny Bristol. Their next two albums were produced by the songwriting and production team of Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter who had produced The Temptations. Their first number one R & B hit was the Hall & Oates song She's gone in 1974. Their next number one R & B hit was It Only Takes A Minute. It also cracked the pop top ten. With the 1976 album Sky High, Capitol Records house producer Freddie Perren took over and got Tavares more into the disco music that was popular at the time. Perren had been part of The Corporation that produced The Jackson 5 and he also produced Boogie Fever by The Sylvers. He wrote Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel with partner Keni St. Louis. The song reached #3 on the R & B Singles chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tavares won a Grammy for recording More Than A Woman on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Then they started to fade and they left Capitol in 1980. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. After recording two albums for RCA, Ralph Tavares left the group in 1984. I'm not sure if Tavares is still touring but Chubby Tavares released a solo CD last year. Here's the video for Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel by Tavares.

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