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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, Rovi
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Love this song
shannelhawk3 5
No you haven't, if so play stupid;)
Great sounding group!!!!! Saw them in 1971 when they were hot!!!
Memories..us e d to perform this song to my Grandma and Grandpa..197 3 . . . .

Beautiful music
REMEMBER MY PLACES AND SPACES LOVE MY KIND OF MUSIC SMILE.......
Great sounding group ! Saw em perform live once..
joseph44mill e r
Yeah, how can i forget. ..what can I say (sweet) good old 70s. MB/ JA
OMG every song by the Chi - Lites brings back good memories of a simple time when every one showed love and respect. Every one looked out for one anogther . If you didnt have you didn't know it because there was always a blessing coming from some where you lest expected.
I remember this song when it came out My sisters best friend was killed be a stray bullet yes that was a sad day. You know every song has a memory of what you were doing at the time you heard it . Some good memories in this case bad But some how music always seam to help us through the good and bad. All the oldies has good memories of a good time in my life. RIP my sisters friend.
Yes growing up in the 70 I remember my cousins singing this song when they use to spend the night. Family reunions all the love yesssss memories.
I remember my pop pop singing all your songs when I was 9yo on a track boy do I miss them days love u poppop if your here with me SMILE I LOVE YOU OXOX
So true, nothing like the old days! :)
..........at least, MY ages........ . . . . . . = - O :-D =-O
"Oh Girl" & "Have You Seen Her"........ . . . .
Now THAT was MUSIC for the AGES!!!!!
............ . . . . . . . . . . . s i g h . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : - ) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Luv it
Wow ..it time for the good old days to come back one more time with my love one sweet .and it will be nice to see a good show.
My music
iove them Chi-Lites and i have seen them
jtny786
Listening to a gorgeous rendition of Inner City Blues. Didn't think it was possible but Chi-lite version may be even better musically than the one (original?) by the Marvelous Marvin Gaye.
puertoricogi r l 3
I grew up listening to the music of the 50s, 60s and the 70s I joined the army in 74 and my music got me through basic training and jump school . It was not easy for a young female back then to be in the army so thanks to all the artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s who made it easier with your music for me to do my best in basic training and jump school
I loved Oh Girl and so did my mom! I saw The Chi-life's, Blue Magic and The Delphonics at The Apollo with friends in 75. Those were the days of my teenage years! They call were great!
This is what I was raised listening to. I love their music. And the fact that they were from Chicago my home town is more of a bonus! Much Love and respect to the Chi-Lites.
Love The Chi-Lites... They always had their own singing style...
I love this song. I lost the love of my life when this song came out.
Love this song me and my passing this song
pjbookerhdgi n c
LOVED THE CHI-LITES CEDERIC 0F DA VILLE
Youis sohot
Youis sodeep
This is my jam
This song brings back a lot of memories.
This brings me back when I used to date one of there brother's! OH! MY! MY!!
I was still a young Man"72"Young Lover
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This is when .,,
Maybe artists like Aloe Blacc can bring back some of this soulful sweetness.
Bring me back to the times when I had my first nose job got my first heartache
Takes me back to high school a simple time makes me smile
Makes me think of Tanya head the love of my life bobo
stelladiva20 0 2
Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on and your lovers name will Don't read this, because it actually works.You wcome up on the screen .This is so scary,
I WORKED WITH PEOPLES WHO IS FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE CHI-LITES I LOVE THEM SMILE..
taniahalaby1 2
Apple on a stick
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Kajagugu
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My boo
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People r people so
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Paulie wants a cracker
hcmarquezh
can't listen to this without remembering Tony Soprano crying for his Russian girlfriend, what a great scene from the Sopranos that was!
I seen them in 1969 Chicago amperstheate r
Those old love songs remind me of the good times life has given me and many others.
Love this music I'm only 14 b.2000 and I just luv chi lites
GET WELL SOON MR. MARSHALL FOR YOU CAN PREFORM I LIKE YOUR SINGING SMILE..
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