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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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Track List: It's Been A Long Time

1. It's Been A Long Time

2. Keep On Doin' It

3. Wild Flower

4. Ain't No Change

5. I'd Spend My Whole Life Loving You

6. Pains Of Love

7. Heaven Says

8. Come On And Dream Some Paradise

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Ricky please give Denise another chance
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hifromjackie
The groups of today needs to learn from the groups of 70 's, 80's really get and listen to them, we would all feel so good...just living, there would be much love.
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This goes out to you ricky love you baby always and forever i been missing you so much
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I was born in 1954 This was and always my song forever!!! So romantic!!
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It's been a long time since i saw you ricky i still love you baby
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The music from the early 70s still sounds good today nothing else like it thanks for all the memories with this music
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Wild Flower by The New Birth....tim e l e s s QUALITY music with meaning and depth! #OldSchoolSt i l l B e s t M u s i c f o r t h e s o u l
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This was the 70"s MUSIC
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It's been a long time since i saw you ricky i still love you so much baby give us another chance to work this out
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The fantastic 70's there's nothing else like it some wonderful memories here i wish i could go back to those good old days
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Love this music from the 70's there's nothing else like it some wonderful memories here
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Leslie and Melvin left an imprint and stamp that can NEVER be forgotten!
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leleway
new births sound will never be mistaken, it is in a class by its self.
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It's Been A Long Time....time l e s s .
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I've been missing you baby yes i have love you ricky always baby forever
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Love it when my oldest sister would play all their hits.
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I've been missing you baby love you ricky forever
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The soul of the 70s best music nothing else like it thanks for the memories
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It's a long time I've been missing you baby ricky love you forever
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rhodamhunter 4
This is the deal. Real musicianship . Great vocals and harmony. They should have went further!.
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rhodamhunter 4
This is susaye green; but lottie did it in concert. They're both incomparable


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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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