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The New Birth

Formed by Tony Churchill and music-industry veteran Harvey Fuqua, New Birth was originally named the Nite-Liters. As the Nite-Liters, they enjoyed chart action with three R&B hits: "K-Jee," "Afro-Strut," and "Pull Together." Of the three, "K-Jee" was the most successful, peaking at number 17 during a 13-week run.

The roots of the band lie with Leslie and Melvin Wilson, who were gospel singers living in Muskegon, MI. After moving on to Detroit in the late '60s, their interest remained centered in gospel. Melvin Wilson eventually met the Nite-Liters, who at the time were backing Motown artists, and expressed the possibility that he and his brother Leslie could perform with them. As fate would have it, the two brothers became acquainted with former Marvelette Anne Bogan, who introduced them to Fuqua. He had three groups under his tutelage: Love Peace & Happiness (of which Leslie and Melvin became members), the Nite-Liters, and New Birth. All but two members of New Birth had left the group around this time, leaving just Londee Loren and Bobby Downs. The three groups toured, backed each other up, and ultimately merged into one, with New Birth the name of the new group.

Leslie, with his feisty vocals, and Melvin, with his more serene appeal, emerged as the primary lead singers. New Birth's first release was the R&B Top Ten single "I Can Understand It." Led by Leslie Wilson's intense vocals and reminiscent of Bobby Womack, the single zoomed up the charts, peaking at number four after only 12 weeks. In January of 1974 they released "It's Been a Long Time," one of their celebrated hits and another Top Ten entry. That single was followed by the classic, soulful ballad "Wildflower." During this time, the group was living in California, which presented problems; from egotism associated with the lights of Tinseltown to group-management problems, the band's best interests began to suffer. Consequently, New Birth terminated its affiliation with their founder and producer Fuqua, manager Jerry Weintraub, and RCA Records. In mid-1975 they signed with Buddah Records and immediately recorded their first and only number R&B one, "Dream Merchant." They recorded just one album for Buddah, however, before signing with Warner Bros. and later Ariola. In 1977, Leslie and Melvin Wilson left the group, and by 1979 the rest of the group had disbanded. However, in 1994, Leslie and Melvin re-formed the group and began performing at venues around the nation. ~ Craig Lytle
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Track List: Birth Day & It's Been A Long Time

1. I Can Understand It

2. Until It's Time For You To Go

3. Got To Get A Knutt

4. Theme From (Buck & The Preacher)

5. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)

6. Easy, Evil

7. You Are What I'm All About

8. It's Been A Long Time

9. Keep On Doin' It

10. Wild Flower

11. Ain't No Change

12. I'd Spend My Whole Life Loving You

13. Pains Of Love

14. Heaven Says

15. Come On And Dream Some Paradise

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It"s been a long time ricky I've been missing you baby love you so much love you baby forever
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I've been missing you ricky love you baby forever
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I've been missing you ricky i need you baby it's been so long love you baby
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It's been too long i need you ricky
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My all time favorite, my sis use to sing with them(Tinita Gaines) back in the days SSP
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I just love this song wildflower reminds me of my youth they don't make good music like this anymore
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I REALLY DO LOVE YOUR MUSIC SO MUCH, ITS SO SWEET AND I ALWAYS WANT 2 C U PERFORM, BUT I NEVER HAD THE CHANCE 2. I WAS N -2 YOUR MUSIC A LOT N THE SEVENTIES DURING ALL OF MY PREGNANCY,. WHAT IS EVERYONE UP 2 NOWADAYS
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When I listen to them sing it takes me back to the boogie down on Longfellow and 174st.And oh those Henrys hamburgers lol!
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These boys is serious (word)
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Awesome vocals
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The New Birth...they just don't make music like this anymore
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Love this Ban
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great distinct soulful voice. if you played this song for your girl back in the day she was putty in your hands
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its been a long time just touches the soul in a deep place....oh oh oh.......han g on in there....... n e e d ya baby....oh yeah
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matlok931
Everything and everyone has a season. we were just privileged to have theirs recorded for ever in our precious memories.
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A bass clarinet...r e a l l y who would think of that today.
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3yrs ?? 9yrs??
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Beautiful music
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Brings back such great memories
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jeannie5764
Didn't they record out of Pittsburgh for a while?
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Great music and real music I wish that we return to this keep up the good work
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I love the new birth
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They took their eyes off Heaven....
And withdrew their hands from His work.....
Their selfish ambitions kicked in.....
Leaving the "chosen one" with his face in the dirt....
Standing alone in "Future Shock"....
He ponders the "faith" of the LORD'S flock....
HEAVEN SAYS, "Show him the way!"......
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Been rocking with new birth since 6th grade when I asked my mom if I can have her cassette tape and she replied "you like this"
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Back in the day❤️
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Beautiful song
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I love this song.
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Lord, Lord...
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
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It's Been A Long Time....a shoNUFF Grown Folks Groove, oh my!! love it.
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I grew up with new birth one of my fav bands
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New birth made one of the worlds greatest records' wild flower' I dedicated to my wife and all the true woman of the world !
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understand me like i understand you......ooo ooo....give me little love
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New Birth did not get the credit they deserve
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@ rcanada not sure about u. dat fr James Brown.
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Do. It. On. The. Good. Foot !!! Good. Dance. Tune!!!!!
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you for me and me for you...ah
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Here. We. Go !!!!!! Hang. On. Love. This. Tune. To. Death. S**t
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It. Been. A. Long. Time!!!! Another. Good. Band!!!! Not. Enough. Credit !!!! Soulful. Band. And. Funky. Yeah!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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A free and gentle flower growing wild........ . . a h yeah
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New Birth took me back from when I was in High school. Love them!
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too bad. I d dnot know about their problems. glad I did not know.
i really liked their songs.
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Oh my if this group had stayed together after it took so long to get over the hump they could have been there with the very best groups of all time.
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Man I was in Jr High School.
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wild flowers are the most beautiful... . b u t you must look at them deeply
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Love u Richard.. Thank you 4 understandin g . . a n d NVR giveing up believeing 4 me...AM BACK LOVE U!!! SEE U SO SOON BABY!!!! I GOT IT THANK YOU
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Its been such a long time,,,,touc h e s me deep down in my soul....unde r s t a n d me like i understand you........o o o o o baby
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Thedoctor456 that was the record
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