Thursday, December 12, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Klymaxx

Song:I Miss You
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Klymaxx

The all girl R & B group Klymaxx had their biggest success with the 1985 top five pop hit I Miss You. They had most of their success on the R & B charts in the late 80s. I want to emphasize that Klymaxx was not just a girl group. They were a full band and they wrote and produced their own songs. Klymaxx were from Los Angeles and were led by drummer Bernadette Cooper. She formed the band in college and came up with the name Klymaxx. Other members were singer Lorena Porter, guitarist Cheryl Cooley, keyboard players Lynn Malsby and Karen Grider and bassist Joyce Irby. They signed with Dick Griffey's Solar Records in 1981. They struggled with their first three albums. But then Griffey moved them to Solar's sister label Constellation and signed a distribution deal with MCA Records. Their first album on Constellation was Meeting In The Ladies Room in 1984. It was a huge success and was certified Platinum. And I Miss You reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. The song was written and produced by Lynn Malsby with lead vocals by Lorena porter and Joyce Irby. Klymaxx had other chart hits including Man Size Love from the film Running Scared and they are all on this budget comp. Dick Griffey sold Constellation to MCA and Klymaxx took a four year break before releasing The Maxx Is Back in 1990. By that time, Joyce Irby and Bernadette Cooper left Klymaxx to go solo. Irby signed with Motown and released a CD in 1989. These days she is mostly a record producer. She discovered veteran producer Dallas Austin. Cooper released a solo album on MCA in 1990. She has also been involved in music production and is currently launching a solo tour. Klymaxx reunited for a performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles and appeared on the VH1 show Bands Reunited in 2003. Cheryl Cooley also leads an unauthorized version of Klymaxx. Here's the video for I Miss you by Klymaxx.

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