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Atlantic Starr had the smooth funk thang down. One of funk-soul's stellar acts, Atlantic Starr claimed Top 20 R... Read more

Atlantic Starr had the smooth funk thang down. One of funk-soul's stellar acts, Atlantic Starr claimed Top 20 R&B hits in the '70s, '80s and '90s, and is still heard today at the funkiest gatherings. A cool dozen of those Top 20 hits, from 1978's "Stand Up" to 1987's #1 R&B/#1 pop "Always," each digitally remastered, have now been brought together on The Best Of Atlantic Starr edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection (A&M/UME), released July 17, 2001.

Formed in upstate New York in 1976 by the brothers Lewis (guitarist-vocalist David, trombonist Jonathan and keyboardist-vocalist Wayne), Atlantic Starr soon headed west to Los Angeles. With singer Sharon Bryant, a surprisingly rare female lead vocalist for a funk band, Atlantic Starr hit the ground running after signing to A&M. It was Wayne, however, who sang lead on the group's first R&B Top 20, the showtime anthem "Stand Up" from its self-titled 1978 debut album.

From 1980's Radiant, its third album, Bryant's dusky-to-gutsy lead on the cautionary "When Love Calls" sent the song to #5 R&B while Wayne sang lead for the Top 20 R&B "Send For Me." With Bryant up front, the sunny "Circles" (#2 R&B, Top 40 pop) and come hither "Love Me Down" (Top 20 R&B) rocketed 1982's Brilliance to #1 Soul for three weeks. Bryant also led the coy, teasing "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (#4 R&B) and joined Wayne for the love duet "More, More, More" (#11 R&B), both from 1983's Yours Forever.

Ironically, Atlantic Starr would enjoy its biggest success on its final A&M album, and after Bryant's departure for a solo career. With replacement Barbara Weathers, the band's 1986 album As The Band Turns became its biggest-selling disk, going gold as it featured the cheatin' song "Secret Lovers" (#4 R&B/#3 pop) as well as "If Your Heart Isn't In It" (#4 R&B), the outrageous "Freak-A-Ristic" (#6 R&B) and the Top 20 "Silver Shadow."

The group's first album for Warner Bros., 1987's All In The Name Of Love, didn't miss a beat as "Always," co-produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, became Atlantic Starr's only #1 pop and #1 R&B hit. A popular wedding song, the David-Barbara duet helped earn Atlantic Starr its second gold album.

Though "Always" is the final track on The Best Of Atlantic Starr, the band continued on with a string of female singers and a handful of Top 10 R&B hits, including the gold single "Masterpiece," through the early '90s. After an absence of a few years, Atlantic Starr re-emerged in late 1999 with a contemporary gospel album titled Legacy. As for the group's funk legacy, that can be heard on The Best Of Atlantic Starr.

The series 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection features new "best of" albums from the most significant music artists of the past century.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Atlantic Starr had the smooth funk thang down. One of funk-soul's stellar acts, Atlantic Starr claimed Top 20 R&B hits in the '70s, '80s and '90s, and is still heard today at the funkiest gatherings. A cool dozen of those Top 20 hits, from 1978's "Stand Up" to 1987's #1 R&B/#1 pop "Always," each digitally remastered, have now been brought together on The Best Of Atlantic Starr edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection (A&M/UME), released July 17, 2001.

Formed in upstate New York in 1976 by the brothers Lewis (guitarist-vocalist David, trombonist Jonathan and keyboardist-vocalist Wayne), Atlantic Starr soon headed west to Los Angeles. With singer Sharon Bryant, a surprisingly rare female lead vocalist for a funk band, Atlantic Starr hit the ground running after signing to A&M. It was Wayne, however, who sang lead on the group's first R&B Top 20, the showtime anthem "Stand Up" from its self-titled 1978 debut album.

From 1980's Radiant, its third album, Bryant's dusky-to-gutsy lead on the cautionary "When Love Calls" sent the song to #5 R&B while Wayne sang lead for the Top 20 R&B "Send For Me." With Bryant up front, the sunny "Circles" (#2 R&B, Top 40 pop) and come hither "Love Me Down" (Top 20 R&B) rocketed 1982's Brilliance to #1 Soul for three weeks. Bryant also led the coy, teasing "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (#4 R&B) and joined Wayne for the love duet "More, More, More" (#11 R&B), both from 1983's Yours Forever.

Ironically, Atlantic Starr would enjoy its biggest success on its final A&M album, and after Bryant's departure for a solo career. With replacement Barbara Weathers, the band's 1986 album As The Band Turns became its biggest-selling disk, going gold as it featured the cheatin' song "Secret Lovers" (#4 R&B/#3 pop) as well as "If Your Heart Isn't In It" (#4 R&B), the outrageous "Freak-A-Ristic" (#6 R&B) and the Top 20 "Silver Shadow."

The group's first album for Warner Bros., 1987's All In The Name Of Love, didn't miss a beat as "Always," co-produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, became Atlantic Starr's only #1 pop and #1 R&B hit. A popular wedding song, the David-Barbara duet helped earn Atlantic Starr its second gold album.

Though "Always" is the final track on The Best Of Atlantic Starr, the band continued on with a string of female singers and a handful of Top 10 R&B hits, including the gold single "Masterpiece," through the early '90s. After an absence of a few years, Atlantic Starr re-emerged in late 1999 with a contemporary gospel album titled Legacy. As for the group's funk legacy, that can be heard on The Best Of Atlantic Starr.

The series 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection features new "best of" albums from the most significant music artists of the past century.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Atlantic Starr had the smooth funk thang down. One of funk-soul's stellar acts, Atlantic Starr claimed Top 20 R&B hits in the '70s, '80s and '90s, and is still heard today at the funkiest gatherings. A cool dozen of those Top 20 hits, from 1978's "Stand Up" to 1987's #1 R&B/#1 pop "Always," each digitally remastered, have now been brought together on The Best Of Atlantic Starr edition of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection (A&M/UME), released July 17, 2001.

Formed in upstate New York in 1976 by the brothers Lewis (guitarist-vocalist David, trombonist Jonathan and keyboardist-vocalist Wayne), Atlantic Starr soon headed west to Los Angeles. With singer Sharon Bryant, a surprisingly rare female lead vocalist for a funk band, Atlantic Starr hit the ground running after signing to A&M. It was Wayne, however, who sang lead on the group's first R&B Top 20, the showtime anthem "Stand Up" from its self-titled 1978 debut album.

From 1980's Radiant, its third album, Bryant's dusky-to-gutsy lead on the cautionary "When Love Calls" sent the song to #5 R&B while Wayne sang lead for the Top 20 R&B "Send For Me." With Bryant up front, the sunny "Circles" (#2 R&B, Top 40 pop) and come hither "Love Me Down" (Top 20 R&B) rocketed 1982's Brilliance to #1 Soul for three weeks. Bryant also led the coy, teasing "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (#4 R&B) and joined Wayne for the love duet "More, More, More" (#11 R&B), both from 1983's Yours Forever.

Ironically, Atlantic Starr would enjoy its biggest success on its final A&M album, and after Bryant's departure for a solo career. With replacement Barbara Weathers, the band's 1986 album As The Band Turns became its biggest-selling disk, going gold as it featured the cheatin' song "Secret Lovers" (#4 R&B/#3 pop) as well as "If Your Heart Isn't In It" (#4 R&B), the outrageous "Freak-A-Ristic" (#6 R&B) and the Top 20 "Silver Shadow."

The group's first album for Warner Bros., 1987's All In The Name Of Love, didn't miss a beat as "Always," co-produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, became Atlantic Starr's only #1 pop and #1 R&B hit. A popular wedding song, the David-Barbara duet helped earn Atlantic Starr its second gold album.

Though "Always" is the final track on The Best Of Atlantic Starr, the band continued on with a string of female singers and a handful of Top 10 R&B hits, including the gold single "Masterpiece," through the early '90s. After an absence of a few years, Atlantic Starr re-emerged in late 1999 with a contemporary gospel album titled Legacy. As for the group's funk legacy, that can be heard on The Best Of Atlantic Starr.

The series 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection features new "best of" albums from the most significant music artists of the past century.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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