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Hi-Five
Origin Waco, Texas
Genres Rhythm and blues, pop, New Jack Swing
Occupations Vocal music group
Years active 1990-1994
2005-present
Members
Marcus Sanders
Roderick Clark
Russell Neal
Treston Irby
Shannon Gill
Terrence Murphy
Deion Braxton
Toriano Easley
Former members
Tony Thompson (deceased)

Hi-Five is an American R&B quintet based out of Waco, Texas who had a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 in the early 1990's with "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)". Hi-Five was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson, Roderick "Pooh" Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.

Contents

Rise to fame

Hi-Five was originally signed to Jive Records in late 1989 and released their first album, Hi-Five, in 1990. The album went platinum and was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley; it included such singles as "I Just Can't Handle It" (R&B #10), "I Can't Wait Another Minute" (Pop #8, R&B #1), and their biggest hit to date, "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)", which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1] The group was aggressively marketed by Jive and was part of the "New Jack" sound that dominated much of the early to mid-1990's urban contemporary radio format. Hi-five enjoyed marginal mainstream success and were essentially similar in design to R&B counterparts such as H Town, Shai, Public Announcement, and perhaps most notably, Boys II Men.

Hi-Five's second LP, Keep It Goin' On, came out in 1992. Though not as successful as their debut effort, several tracks from this album, including "She's Playing Hard To Get" (Pop #5, R&B #2) and the R. Kelly-penned "Quality Time" (Pop #38, R&B #3) got major airplay in east coast (US) urban markets. Shortly after this album was released, Roderick "Pooh" Clark was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident. In 1993, Hi-Five emerged with a third album, Faithful, which featured the songs "Unconditional Love" (Pop #92, R&B #21) and "Never Should've Let You Go" (Pop #30, R&B #10).[1]. "Unconditional Love" was also featured in the multi-platinum Menace II Society soundtrack, and received extensive airplay on urban contemporary stations throughout the summer of 1993 as the movie increased in popularity.

Later years

After Hi-Five disbanded around 1993, Thompson released a solo album, Sexsational, in 1995. He scored a minor hit with "I Wanna Love Like That".

In 2005, Thompson re-incarnated Hi-Five with four new members, one of whom was his younger brother, Jordan. Their album The Return was released in 2006 on Thompson's independent label, N'Depth.

On June 1, 2007, Tony Thompson died in his hometown of Waco, Texas. An autopsy later revealed that Thompson, who had a history of "huffing", accidentally overdosed on freon.[2][3]

Discography

Albums

  • 1990: Hi-Five (Jive/Novus) - US Pop #38, US R&B #1
  • 1992: Keep It Goin' On (Jive/Novus) - US Pop #82, US R&B #9
  • 1993: Faithful (Jive) - US Pop #105, US R&B #23
  • 1994: Greatest Hits (Jive)
  • 2005: The Return (N'Depth Entertainment)

Singles

  • 1990: "I Just Can't Handle It" - US R&B #10
  • 1991: "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" - US Pop #1, US R&B #1, UK #43[4 ]
  • 1991: "I Can't Wait Another Minute" - US Pop #8, US R&B #1
  • 1991: "Just Another Girlfriend" - US Pop #88, US R&B #41
  • 1992: "She's Playing Hard to Get" - US Pop #5, US R&B #2, UK #55[4 ]
  • 1992: "Quality Time" - US #38, R&B #3
  • 1993: "Mary, Mary" - US R&B #50
  • 1993: "Unconditional Love" - US Pop #92, US R&B #21
  • 1993: "Never Should've Let You Go" - US Pop #30, US R&B #10
  • 1994: "Faithful" - US R&B #52
  • 1994: "What Can I Say to You (To Justify My Love)" - US R&B #72

References

  1. ^ a b "Hi-Five Billboard Chart History". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=22902&model.vnuAlbumId=750801. Retrieved 2008-08-30.  
  2. ^ Shepard, Julianne (2007-07-04). "Tony Thompson Death Ruled Accidental OD". vibe.com. http://www.vibe.com/news/news_headlines/2007/07/tony_thompson_autopsy_rpt/. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  3. ^ Shepard, Julianne (2007-06-04). "UPDATE: Hi-Five's Tony Thompson, 1975-2007". vibe.com. http://www.vibe.com/news/news_headlines/2007/06/tony_thompson_obit/. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 252. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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Hi-Five
Origin Waco, Texas
Genres Rhythm and blues, pop, New Jack Swing
Occupations Vocal music group
Years active 1990-1994
2005-present
Members
Marcus Sanders
Roderick Clark
Russell Neal
Treston Irby
Shannon Gill
Terrence Murphy
Deion Braxton
Toriano Easley
Former members
Tony Thompson (deceased)

Hi-Five is an American R&B quintet based out of Waco, Texas who had a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 in the early 1990s with "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)". Hi-Five was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson, Roderick "Pooh" Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.

Contents

Rise to fame

Hi-Five was originally signed to Jive Records in late 1989 and released their first album, Hi-Five, in 1990. The album went platinum and was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley; it included such singles as "I Just Can't Handle It" (R&B #10), "I Can't Wait Another Minute" (Pop #8, R&B #1), and their biggest hit to date, "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)", which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1] The group was aggressively marketed by Jive and was part of the "New Jack" sound that dominated much of the early to mid-1990s urban contemporary radio format. Hi-Five enjoyed marginal mainstream success and were essentially similar in design to R&B counterparts such as H-Town, Shai, Public Announcement, and perhaps most notably, Boyz II Men.

Hi-Five's second LP, Keep It Goin' On, came out in 1992. Though not as successful as their debut effort, several tracks from this album, including "She's Playing Hard To Get" (Pop #5, R&B #2) and the R. Kelly-penned "Quality Time" (Pop #38, R&B #3) got major airplay in East Coast (US) urban markets. Shortly after this album was released, Roderick "Pooh" Clark was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident. In 1993, Hi-Five emerged with a third album, Faithful, which featured the songs "Unconditional Love" (Pop #92, R&B #21) and "Never Should've Let You Go" (Pop #30, R&B #10).[1]. "Unconditional Love" was also featured in the multi-platinum Menace II Society soundtrack, and received extensive airplay on urban contemporary stations throughout the summer of 1993 as the movie increased in popularity.

Later years

After Hi-Five disbanded around 1994, Thompson released a solo album, Sexsational, in 1995. He scored a minor hit with "I Wanna Love Like That".

In 2005, Thompson re-incarnated Hi-Five with four new members, one of whom was his younger brother, Jordan. Their album The Return was released in 2006 on Thompson's independent label, N'Depth.

On June 1, 2007, Tony Thompson died in his hometown of Waco, Texas. An autopsy later revealed that Thompson, who had a history of "huffing", accidentally overdosed on freon.[2][3]

Discography

Albums

  • 1990: Hi-Five (Jive/Novus) - US Pop #38, US R&B #1
  • 1992: Keep It Goin' On (Jive/Novus) - US Pop #82, US R&B #9
  • 1993: Faithful (Jive) - US Pop #105, US R&B #23
  • 1994: Greatest Hits (Jive)
  • 2005: The Return (N'Depth Entertainment)

Singles

  • 1990: "I Just Can't Handle It" - US R&B #10
  • 1991: "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" - US Pop #1, US R&B #1, UK #43[4]
  • 1991: "I Can't Wait Another Minute" - US Pop #8, US R&B #1
  • 1991: "Just Another Girlfriend" - US Pop #88, US R&B #41
  • 1992: "She's Playing Hard to Get" - US Pop #5, US R&B #2, UK #55[4]
  • 1992: "Quality Time" - US #38, R&B #3
  • 1993: "Mary, Mary" - US R&B #50
  • 1993: "Unconditional Love" - US Pop #92, US R&B #21
  • 1993: "Never Should've Let You Go" - US Pop #30, US R&B #10
  • 1994: "Faithful" - US R&B #52
  • 1994: "What Can I Say to You (To Justify My Love)" - US R&B #72

References

  1. ^ a b "Hi-Five Billboard Chart History". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=22902&model.vnuAlbumId=750801. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ Shepard, Julianne (2007-07-04). "Tony Thompson Death Ruled Accidental OD". vibe.com. http://www.vibe.com/news/news_headlines/2007/07/tony_thompson_autopsy_rpt/. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  3. ^ Shepard, Julianne (2007-06-04). "UPDATE: Hi-Five's Tony Thompson, 1975-2007". vibe.com. http://www.vibe.com/news/news_headlines/2007/06/tony_thompson_obit/. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 252. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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