Wednesday, August 31, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Guy

Song:Teddy's Jam
Album:Groove Me: The Very Best Of Guy

Teddy Riley created the New Jack Swing movement of the late 80s. He was also the leader of Guy. They had success mostly on the R&B charts. But infighting killed Guy after two albums though they reunited successfully in 1999. Riley and partner Gene Griffin formed Guy in 1987. Griffin was not a member of Guy. He managed them and wrote and produced the music with Riley. Riley and Griffin had success producing other artists. They formed Guy in 1987. Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling worked in the same New York clothing store. Gatling had been in Riley's previous group Kids At Work. But they needed a lead singer and Hall fit the bill. Guy signed with Uptown Records and released their debut album Guy in 1988. The album was certified 2XPlatinum so it did very well. There were three R&B hits on the album. Teddy's Jam reached #5 on the R&B Singles chart. The other hits were Groove Me and I Like. They did not cross over to pop. The problem was Hall and Gatling were constantly arguing during the recording of the album. Hall was the lead singer so Gatling had to go. Hall's brother Damion Hall replaced him for the second album The Future. Gatling released a solo album in 1989 and then became a producer. The Future did similar business to the first album but again it did not cross over to pop. Their only #1 R&B hit was My Fantasy from the film Do The Right Thing. Riley and Griffin had a falling out and Guy split up. Riley went on to be a major producer in the 90s. Damon Hall had solo success. Riley and the Halls reformed Guy in 1999 and released Guy III. They had a hit with Dancin' but the album was poorly promoted and didn't sell. Since then, Guy has reformed occasionally with and without Riley. They are currently touring. You can get all of Guy's hits on this budget comp. Here's the video for Teddy's Jam by Guy. This video is not on Youtube.
Guy - Teddy's jam by welcomeback

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