Thursday, January 29, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Tony! Toni! Tone!

Artist:Tony! Toni! Tone!
Song:If I Had No Loot
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Tony! Toni! Tone!

Tony! Toni! Tone! was very successful mostly on the R & B charts from 1988 to 1996. If I Had No Loot was their biggest crossover hit. Tony! Toni! Tone! are from Oakland led by brothers Dwayne Wiggins on guitar and Raphael Wiggins on bass. Both guys sing and write most of the songs. The third member is cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums. The group name started as a joke but they like it and kept it. They signed with the Mercury Records label Wing Records and their 1988 debut CD Who? was produced by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy who also produced En Vogue. The single Little Walter topped the R & B charts. They really broke through with their 1990 CD The Revival. It was certified Platinum. They had four #1 R & B hits and Feels Good crossed over to pop and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. After singles appeared in the films House Party II and Boyz N the Hood, they released their third CD Sons Of Soul in 1993. It was certified 2XPlatinum and was their most successful album. If I Had No Loot reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Anniversary was also a top ten hit. When there were no hot singles from the 1996 CD House Of Music, Tony! Toni! Tone! split up. They weren't getting along anyway. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Raphael Wiggins changed his name to Raphael Siddiq and has a significant career as a solo artist. He has said that Tony! Toni! Tone! needed to split as he wanted his own identity. Dwayne Wiggins has had success as a producer but not so much as a solo artist. So he reformed Tony! Toni! Tone! with Riley and a new lead singer and they still tour. Here's the video for If I Had No Loot by Tony! Toni! Tone!. This video is on Youtube in poor quality. I'm surprised it's not on Vevo. I found a better quality copy but I had to download the clip to bring it to you.

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