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H-Town
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1991-Present
Labels Luke Records
Relativity Records
H-Town Music
Members
Solomon "Shazam" Conner
Darryl "G.I." Jackson
Former members
Keven "Dino" Conner (deceased)

H-Town is an American R&B/hip hop vocal group that was formed in 1992 by Keven "Dino" Conner, his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their longtime friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. H-Town borrowed their name from the nickname of their home town Houston, Texas.

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History

Growing up in a family of singers, brothers Keven and Solomon Conner began their careers singing in talent shows and plays before a local producer sent their demo tape to onetime 2 Live Crew rapper and record label executive Luther "Luke" Campbell. After an impromptu audition, Campbell signed the group to his label, Luke Records.[1]

Albums

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Fever for Da Flavor

H-Town's debut album Fever for Da Flavor was released on April 15, 1993.[2] The group achieved hit status in the United States with "Knockin' Da Boots," which became H-Town's biggest hit and also their signature song. "Boots" was a #1 hit on the R&B charts,[3] and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] "Lick U Up," the bands follow-up single, was less successful on the charts. H-Town won the 1993 Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist. That same year, they signed on as a part of the Coca-Cola Summerfest tour, which also included Shai, SWV, Jade, Naughty by Nature, LL Cool J and Silk.[1]

Beggin' After Dark

In 1994, H-Town returned the studio to record their second album Beggin' After Dark . It was released on November 8, 1994.[5]

The most popular single from this album was "Emotions." It became a #11 hit on the Billboard R&B chart and reached #51 on the Hot 100.[4] Other tracks from the album included "Sex Bowl," "Full Time," "Much Feelin' (And It Tastes Great)," "Buss One," featuring reggae singer Papa Reu, and "Baby I Love Ya," featuring Roger Troutman.

Ladies Edition, Woman's World

By the time H-Town returned to the studio to record Ladies Edition, they had undergone some changes. They recorded a cover version of The Persuaders' "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" for the 1996 film of the same name. The song became H-Town's first Top 40 pop hit in three years, peaking at #37.[4]

They then cut ties with Luther Campbell, underwent a spiritual awakening of sorts, and became more aware of women's issues on their third album Ladies Edition, Woman's World.[6] It was released on October 28, 1997.[7] The album's general theme centers on a man's penitence for his past transgressions with his woman, a theme conveyed in songs such as "Don't Sleep on the Female," "Julie Rain" (a sobering account of spousal abuse), and "Jezebel." According to the liner notes, the album was dedicated to Nicole Brown Simpson and "all the women of the world." Twenty national women's telephone helplines were also listed on the back cover.[8]

2000 - Present

In July 2000, Solomon "Shazam" Conner released a solo album entitled Bringing the Heat. Selected tracks from Shazam's solo effort were included on H-Town's 2004 album Imitations Of Life.

On January 28, 2003, Dino was killed in an automobile accident in Houston, Texas. According to police, Dino had just left a recording studio and was a passenger in a car being driven by his girlfriend, 22-year-old Teshya Rae Weisent. Their vehicle was struck by an SUV that ran a red light, and both Dino and Weisant were killed.

Three people were in the SUV, all of whom fled after the accident. One of them, Juan Diaz, was later apprehended, however, and faced a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid.[9]

At the time of Conner's death H-Town was said to have just finished what would become their fourth album.[9] They eventually released their reunion album Imitations of Life on October 12, 2004.[10]

H-Town still "Kings of Slow Jam Tour" Coming to a City Near you 2010 featuring the two remaining members, G.I. and Shazam. They are set to release their fifth album Kockin' Your Heels Off in 2009.

The Single for "Knockin Your Heels" off was just released and is the title track off the upcoming album and features longtime friends "Jodeci". They were featured in the video for the single also. But not listed as Jodeci due to a pending lawsuit they have against Universal Music Group for the release of the "Jodeci" name. The song has been added to MTV2. VH1 Soul and Music Choice and is being added in rotation across 40 states.

Here is the new 2010 video from H-Town featuring Jodeci- "Knockin Your Heel's Off".[11]

Discography

Albums

Fever for Da Flavor
Beggin' After Dark
Ladies Edition, Woman's World
Imitations of Life
Child Support

Singles

Year Title Album US R&B US Pop
1993 "You & Me" Featuring Luke In The Nude by Luke 94 -
"Knockin' Da Boots" Fever for Da Flavor 1 3
"Lick U Up" 21 67
"Keepin' My Composure" - -
1994 "Baby I Wanna" 87 -
"U Will Know" by Black Men United Featuring Dino of H-Town Jason's Lyric Soundtrack by Various Artists 5 28
"Part Time Lover" Above the Rim Soundtrack 9 57
"Back Seat (With No Sheets)" Beggin' After Dark 58 -
1995 "Emotions" Beggin' After Dark 11 51
1996 "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate" A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Soundtrack 6 37
1997 "They Like It Slow" Ladies Edition 12 35
2009 "Call Me Mr. Pacman" Child Support

Other collaborations

Year Title Artist Album
1993 "It's Your Thang" Various Addams Family Values: Music from the Motion Picture
1994 "Bust a Nut" Luke Featuring H-Town In the Nude
"Take It Slow" Featuring Dino Trellini Featuring Dino Trellini
1995 "Ain't No Fun" Various Original Gangstas Soundtrack

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Single
1993 Won Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
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Nominated Soul Train Music Award Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo "Knockin' Da Boots"

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Joseph, Stanley (2001-03-22). "H-Town: Learning the Lessons of Fame". youthoutlook.org. http://youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=113. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "H-Town - Fever for da Flavor ". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/h_town/albums.jhtml?albumId=46094. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales: Chart Listing For The Week Of June 12, 1993". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=368&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Singles+Sales&ci=3014628&cdi=6724408&cid=06%2F12%2F1993. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "H-Town Chart History". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=31830&model.vnuAlbumId=655809. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  5. ^ "H-Town - Beggin' After Dark". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/h_town/albums.jhtml?albumId=46092. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  6. ^ "H-Town Give Shout Out To "Women Of The World"". mtv.com. 1997-10-15. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1429843/19971015/h_town.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  7. ^ "H-Town - Ladies Edition". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/h_town/albums.jhtml?albumId=121271. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  8. ^ Leroy, Dan (1997-10-28). "Ladies Edition: Album Review". http://music.yahoo.com/library/default.asp?m=content&add=review&i=12047311&. 
  9. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (2003-02-03). "H-Town Lead Singer Dies". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1459812/02032003/h_town.jhtml. 
  10. ^ "H-Town - Imitations of Life". mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/h_town/albums.jhtml?albumId=819793. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFSAszDH3N8
  12. ^ "Fever for Da Flavor". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=31830&aid=139627. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  13. ^ "Beggin' After Dark". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=31830&aid=158845. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  14. ^ "Ladies Edition". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=31830&aid=266722. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 

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