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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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stelladiva20 0 2
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I WORKED WITH PEOPLES WHO IS FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE CHI-LITES I LOVE THEM SMILE..
Apple on a stick
Kajagugu
My boo
People r people so

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..
I CAN PICTURE ENGENE RECORD SINGING TO ME. I USED TO WRITE ALL TIME SMILE..
MY NEIGHBOR SONG HEY THERE LONELY GIRL TO ME AFTER I BREAK-UP WITH MY EX- BOYFRIEND SMILE..
Ridin w the chi-lites now.
GOD HAVE HIS SONG BIRDS WITH HIM NOW. R.I.P TAMMI TERRELL AND MARVIN GAYE SMILE..
THE CHI-LITES DID A CAMEO APPEARED IN THE MOVIE ORGINAL GANGSTERS SINGING MY SONG POWER TO THE PEOPLES SMILE...
smooth groovey sounds...awe s o m e
daniellorent e 9 1
I swear i won't be getting any sleep tonight -.- geez....
I miss him already
oldies but goodies
Boys to men
Those good oldies.me and squirrel and his wife.kids use to kick it o South shore Dr
In the Chi.He will be missed
This is my favorite. ....nothin but memories
THANK YOU KEEPING THE GOOD MUSIC GOING FOR ENGENE RECORD AND ROBERT SQUIRREL LESTER MARSHALL T KEEP ON SINGING THE BEAUITFUL YOU ALL MADE TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS SMILE..
There's that no.again 72 what a year
Super Soul Singer's. 14y 1m
Love this song just makes me wanna drink;)

I'm l ost ,since you left meand I feel out of place. Because I love u .
I LOVE CHICAGO SINGING GROUPS SMILE. LIKE THE CHI-LITES ARE TO SEXXY (R.I.P) ENGENE RECORD AND ROBERT LESTER....
marcelinomel e n d e z 2 5
The best music around
I know I'm 13 I love chi-lites but I'm boy and I love soul too
Im a youngin' myself 16 year old latina and I just love soul music and r&b so much heart and feeling goes into this music. I love it
berryduaneki m 2 0 0 4
Another fantastic group!! Love The Chi-Lites!! <3
It's ALL about us now..downtow n , w h a t we want..What might..HAPPE N . .
Old Skool. Love it
Pandora is popping
Miss that pretty voice.:-) :-) :-)
Real nice to hear, what happen to all the best music!
SING IT TO ME , LOVE IT
True words forever in my heart....
GOOD memories! Makes me cry every time. THEY DON'T MAKE SONGS LIKE THIS ANYMORE!!!
F**KIN BADASS JAM!!!! WHEN WORDS MEANT SUMTHING IN A SONG!! NUTHIN BUT OLD SKOOL HERE!!!!
HOT LOVE THEM ALL
Great group & great song...love this music ;)
This is real music unlike the bullshit they play nowadays
Hell yah!
great music of the simple life of years ago
AMAZING Is All I Have To Say Abut This Song.
This song slaps.... I wish they were still performing
good oldies to listen to if u want to think of the good old memories .....god i miss does good old dayz
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