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People's Choice
Origin USA
Genres Soul, Funk
Years active 1967–1970
Labels TSOP
Associated acts Frankie Brunson
Former members
1971 - 197?
Frankie Brunson
David Thompson
Darnell Jordan
Johnnie Hightower
Stanley Thomas
Valerie Brown
Marc Reed

1974 - ?
Frankie Brunson
Dave Thompson
Guy Fiske
Roger Andrews

1984 - ?

Frank Brunson
Marc Reed
Clifton Gamble
David Thomson
Johnnie Hightower
Bill Rodgers

The People's Choice was an American funk band formed in 1971 in Philadelphia by Frank Brunson. While they had several vocalists, their biggest hits were instrumentals.

In 1965 Frankie Brunson formed a combo called People's Choice. In order to keep going the group worked as a lounge act. A producer who heard Brunson took the group into a studio and that was where they recorded "I Likes To Do It". With that track they got to number 9 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 38 on the hot 100. A short time later Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff saw People's Choice live and told Frankie Brunson after the show that they wished the group had recorded "I Likes To Do It" for Philidelphia International. Gamble & Huff signed the group up in 1974. It was with them that they had the hit with "Do It Any Way You Wanna. [1] This song was used in Fred Williamson's 1976 film Death Journey. [2]

Brunson died on November 24th 2007 after a long illness. [3]

Contents

Former Members

  • Frank Brunson - keyboards, vocals (died on November 24, 2007, at age 78.[4]
  • David Thomson - drums
  • Darnell Jordan - guitar
  • Johnnie Hightower - guitar
  • Stanley Thomas - bass, vocals
  • Valerie Brown - vocals
  • Guy Fiske - Guitar
  • Roger Andrews - Bass
  • Marc Reed - vocals [5]
  • Clifton Gamble - piano, synthesizer
  • Bill Rodgers - piano, synthesizer

Discography

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Singles

Year Title Chart Positions[6]
U.S. Pop Singles U.S. Black Singles U.S. Disco Singles U.S. Club Play Singles UK Singles Chart[7]
1971 "I Likes to Do It" 8 9 - - -
1973 "Let Me Do My Thing" - 45 - - -
1974 "Party Is a Groovy Thing" - 45 6 - -
1975 "Boogie Down U.S.A." - - - 11 -
"Do it Any Way You Wanna" 11 1 1 1 36
"Nursery Rhymes (Part I)" 93 22 - 15 -
1976 "Here We Go Again" - 52 1 8 -
"Movin' in All Directions" - 52 1 - -
"We Got the Rhythm" - - 3 - -
"Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long)" - - - - 40
1980 "You Ought to Be Dancin'" - - - 8 -

Albums

Boogie Down U.S.A. (TSOP Records, 1975) U.S. # 56,U.S. Black Albums #7[8]

Tracks

Do It Anyway You Wanna
Are You Sure
Mickey D's
I'm Leaving You
The Sooner You Get Here

Boogie Down U.S.A.
Nursery Rhymes
Party Is A Groovy Thing
If You Want Me Back
Don't Send Me Away [9]

Members

Frankie Brunson .... Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Thompson .... Percussion
Roger Andrews .... Bass
Guy Fiske .... Guitar
Zack Zachery .... Saxophone
Victor Carstarphen .... Organ
Bobby Eli .... Guitar
Norman Harris .... Guitar
MFSB .... Horns [10]

We Got the Rhythm (TSOP Records, 1976) U.S. #174, U.S. Black Albums #38

Tracks

Here We Go Again
Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long)
We Got the Rhythm
Cold Blooded and Downright Funky
Movin’ in Al Directions
Opus de Funk
Mellow Mood

Members

Frankie Brunson lead vocals, keyboards
David Thompson drums, percussion
Darnell Jordan rhythm guitar
Guy Fiske lead guitar
Roger Andrews bass
Donald Ford keyboards [11]<

Peoples Choice (Casablanca Records, 1980)

Strikin (Mercury Records)

  • Frank Brunson - piano
  • Marc Reed - vocals
  • Clifton Gamble - piano, synthesizer
  • David Thomson - drums
  • Johnnie Hightower - guitar
  • Bill Rodgers - piano, synthesizer

Turn Me Loose (Philadelphia International)

Links

References

  1. ^ Google Books [1]A house on fire: the rise and fall of Philadelphia soul
  2. ^ DVD Box Office Death Journey
  3. ^ www.buffalomusic.org [http://www.buffalomusic.org/news.html Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame News, FRANK BRUNSON, SINGER, IN BUFFALO MUSIC HALL OF FAME
  4. ^ Obituary for Frank Brunson
  5. ^ artistdirect.com People's Choice Biography
  6. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  9. ^ Discogs People's Choice - Boogie Down U.S.A.
  10. ^ artistdirect.com http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,145041,00.html People's Choice , Boogie Down USA]
  11. ^ soulfunkjazz.wordpress.com People’s Choice – We Got The Rhythm (1976)

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