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The Chi-Lites

One of the most popular smooth soul groups of the early '70s didn't hail from Philadelphia or Memphis, the two cities known for sweet, string-laden soul. Instead, the Chi-Lites were from Chicago, a town better known for its gritty urban blues and driving R&B. Led by vocalist Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites had a lush, creamy sound distinguished by their four-part harmonies and layered productions. During the early '70s, they racked up 11 Top Ten R&B singles, ranging from the romantic ballads "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl" to protest songs like "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People" and "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)." All the songs featured Record's warm, pleading tenor and falsetto, and the majority of the group's hits were written by Record, often in collaboration with other songwriters like Barbara Acklin.

The Chi-Lites had been around for nearly a decade before they finally had a hit in the late '60s. Eugene Record, Robert Lester, and Clarence Johnson formed the doo wop group the Chanteurs in the late '50s, and they released one single on Renee Records in 1959. Shortly afterward, Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson, who had sung with the Desideros, teamed with the trio to form the Hi-Lites. Over the next four years, the Hi-Lites released a number of singles on local labels. In 1964, they changed their name to Marshall & the Chi-Lites, adding the "C" as tribute to their hometown Chicago. By the end of the year, Johnson left the group and the remaining quartet truncated their name to the Chi-Lites. Over the next four years, the group continued to perform and release independent singles, with Record slowly emerging as the group's lead singer, songwriter, and producer.

In 1968, the Chi-Lites signed with the large Chicago indie label Brunswick Records, and early the following year "Give It Away" became their first national hit single, reaching number ten on the R&B charts. Despite the moderate success of "Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was," the group wasn't able to deliver another big hit until "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)" climbed into the R&B Top Ten in early 1971, beginning a string of ten Top Ten hits that ran intermittently over the next four years. The follow-up to "Are You My Woman?," "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People," was their first pop hit, setting the stage for a pair of slow, soulful ballads, "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl," which both reached number one on the R&B charts; the latter was a number-one pop hit, as well. in the spring of 1972.

Shortly after the release of the hit "Stoned Out of My Mind," the Chi-Lites began to splinter in 1973, when Jones left the group and was replaced by Stanley Anderson, who was quickly replaced by Willie Kensey. The revamped lineup had three Top Ten R&B hits -- "Homely Girl," "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)," and "Toby" -- before they replaced Kensey with Doc Roberson. Shortly afterward, Brunswick became involved in serious financial problems, which prevented the label from promoting the group's record. Frustrated, Record left the band to become a solo recording artist for Warner Bros. The remaining trio, augmented by David Scott and Danny Johnson (who was replaced by Vandy Hampton in 1977), signed with Mercury, but none of their singles were hits.

The original lineup of the Chi-Lites re-formed in 1980, and the group began recording for Eugene Record's label, Chi-Sound. Although their first singles were more successful than their Mercury Records, they didn't have a genuine hit until 1982, when "Hot on a Thing (Called Love)" reached number 15. The following year, they moved to Larc Records, where they had their final Top Ten hit with "Bottoms Up." Late that year, Creadel Jones retired and the group continued to tour as a trio throughout the remainder of the decade. Record left the group in 1990 to record as a solo artist. He was replaced by Anthony Watson. By the early '90s, Jones had re-joined the group, and this version of the Chi-Lites became a regular on the oldies and soul circuit during the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Hit Highlights From The Chi-Lites

1. Give It Away

2. Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was

3. I Like Your Lovin' (Do You Like Mine)

4. Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)

5. (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People

6. We Are Neighbours

7. Have You Seen Her

8. Oh Girl

10. A Lonely Man

11. We Need Order

12. A Letter To Myself

13. Stoned Out Of My Mind

14. I Found Sunshine

15. Homely Girl

16. Too Good To Be Forgotten

17. There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated At The Conference Table)

18. You Got to Be The One

19. Toby

20. You Don't Have To Go

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Track List: Steppin' Out

1. Do What You Want

2. I Keep Comin' Back To You

3. Gimme Whatcha Got

4. Stop What You're Doin'

5. Hey Girl (I Love The Way You Dance)

6. Let Today Come Back Tomorrow

7. Runnin' Around

8. Little Girl

9. Gimme Whatcha Got (7'' Mix)

10. Gimme Whatcha Got (Club Version)

11. Gimme Whatcha Got (Dub Version)

12. Stop What You're Doin' (Club Version)

13. Stop What You're Doin' (Instrumental)

14. Let Today Come Back Tomorrow (7'' Mix)

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Track List: A Lonely Man

1. Oh Girl

2. Living In The Footsteps Of Another Man

3. Love Is

5. A Lonely Man

7. Ain't Too Much Of Nothin'

9. The Coldest Days Of My Life

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. . . I've seen her . . .
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These the groups that you never get tired of, and know every word to their songs, unlike the music today it really has no meaning, just a lot of loud talking and no common sense.
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I love the Chi litre.
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The smooth soul of the 70s good memories I'm glad i was apart of that generation
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This the one
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lestermark19 8 4 I agree! I grow up off oldies music It bring back A lot of memories!
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God this song goes right to the heart what am I going to do?
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Real music so right
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Here we are stupid a falling for.u again I'm traped while ur having a good time but I can't move on
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Like this song stinky
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REAL MUSIC! Enough said.
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The best oldies ever they don't make good music like this anymore
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Have you seen Her is a super sweet soul track.
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Don't hear songs about love on the radio anymore..... . . A Letter To Myself #oldSCHOOLgr o o v e s S t i l l S o u n d s G O O D
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jcoltbronxny c
We "GRIND-ED to the slow - soulful- words n melodies in da Bronx......
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brings you back to the best days
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I will take care of you my love Mike
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I love the oldies, the music industry can't do it like they use to. There are no artist like the old groups. A whole lot of babies were made from this style music, wouldn't you say, respond if you agree!
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haven't had any kisses yet till waiting for you mimi
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I didn't get my kisses yet this song
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I haven't have
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I will give you all the love you want Mimi don't leave me now please baby mimi
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The best music ever...
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I shall never,ever forget.Once i visited a UNIVERSALIST congegation organized via 'Church doctrine'... . . . . , a w a i t i n g to leave(sittin g in the entrance s' foyer)...... a f t e r the service. A young girl,came & sat beside me:(estim.he r age of ten -twelve yrs.)Then she said to me something amazing!.... . . . . . " I like your shoes."IT WAS AMAZING BECAUSE .THE SHOES SHE WAS REFERING TO. That i was wearing wereold & worn........ T h i s was GOD IN THE DIVINATION OF A LITTLE GIRL!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Real music..
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Heart wrenching, even now when you hear oh girl today. Brilliant song.
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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matratus
So relevant.
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A,beautiful song.it will make you think an think hard.(?)..
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Yes, there are from the "CHI"! Enough said. Bye.
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Oh Girl ( ..... More like oh boy )
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This is real music
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mtheodoris5
I first heard this song on one of Sinbad's old standup routine....H I L A R I O U S
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Always has been a number one love!!!
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Oh GirL .....
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I love to close my eyes and enjoy this song. I stop everything to listen and sing along. I learned to love this song while in Europe and away from "her."
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One of the greatest groups love this old school
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Good song
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Ole school! Real music sang by good men. From the "CHI"! Thanks.
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I feel that chivalrous has not and will not ever leave .... We need love and most of all the respect for The Most High God!!!!!
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I am a tried and true romantic. I love all the old love songs by all the old time groups. They will never go out of style.
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Man, it just keeps getting better and better. this is the music i grew -up with, there is nothing like it, ever.
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One of my alltime fav.
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bmny65
One of many favorites!!!
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This song brings back soooo many goood memories!!!! ! ! ! !
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aestrada223
Oh girl (Mary Lou) how I depended on you. Our three years together in High School was so wonderful. I forgive your dad his bigotry, but it really hurt us both. Like the Chi-Lites say, I am so lost and empty since that day in Oct 76.
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Hey run away love i miss u....
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Forever Chi-lites from Chi-town..lo v e them and my city!
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