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Surface

When you think of the group Surface, the term disco dancefloor doesn't come to mind. The '80s soft soul vocal trio known for such lush ballads as "Closer Than Friends" and the million-selling singles "Shower Me With Your Love" and the number one pop hit "The First Time" had one of its first charting records as artists signed to dance music pioneer Salsoul Records. "Falling in Love," co-written by Surface member David Conley, doesn't have much in common with the aforementioned titles other than the group name and a (presumably) Conley flute solo. The single made it to number 84 R&B in summer 1983 and the U.K. pop charts. Singer Bernard Jackson who grew up in Stamford, CT, got into the music business through his cousin who lived in New York. Seizing the opportunity, he relocated to New York and began performing around the city. While doing a show in Stamford, his godfather suggested that he contact his nephew David Townsend who was also in the music business. Townsend, a former touring guitarist for the Isley Brothers, was the son of singer/songwriter/producer Ed Townsend who had a hit with "For Your Love" in summer 1958 and wrote the Impressions' "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)" and co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Around 1973, Townsend joined a band called the Port Authority where he met David "Pic" Conley. Townsend, whose father shared hit songwriting tips with him, began writing songs with Conley. After Townsend and Conley met Jackson it was decided that they'd write songs together. The trio became staff writers for EMI Music. Their songs were covered by New Edition ("Let's Be Friends" from their 1985 MCA LP All for Love) and Sister Sledge ("You're So Fine"). The trio became performers using the name Surface and moved to Los Angeles. An EMI Music executive brought one of their songs, "Let's Try Again," to the attention of Larkin Arnold of Columbia Records. Arnold's previous successes include Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson. He signed the group to Columbia and their first single "Let's Try Again" charted number 80 R&B in late 1986. The debut album Surface included the smooth and sweet "Happy," which hit number two R&B for two weeks in early 1987, "Lately" (number eight R&B), and the reissued "Let's Try Again." The next LP, 2nd Wave yielded "I Missed" (number three R&B), "Closer Than Friends" (number one R&B for two weeks in early 1989), the wedding standard "Shower Me With Your Love" (gold, number one R&B/number five pop), "You Are My Everything" (number one R&B for two weeks), and "Can We Spend Some Time" (number five R&B). Jackson brought the sheet music to a song he had written in 1986 to his friend, songwriter Brian Simpson, who had a recording studio in his garage. After listening to the finished demo tape, Jackson thought that he had a hit. Hiring a mobile 24-track recording studio truck to capture his vocal in the best professional conditions, Jackson sang "The First Time" in Simpson's house. "The First Time" was the first single from Surface's 3 Deep album and went gold hitting number one R&B and holding the number one pop for two weeks in early 1991. While "The First Time" was topping the charts, Surface was one of the presenters at the American Music Awards and were enthusiastically congratulated. The hits continued with "All I Want Is You" (number eight R&B, early 1991) and "Never Gonna Let You Down." "You're the One" billed as Surface featuring Bernard Jackson made it to number 24 R&B, summer 1991. The group's last charting single was "A Nice Time for Lovin'" included on their 1991 greatest hits LP The Best Surface: A Nice Time for Loving. Conley and Townsend also produced sides on Rebbie Jackson ("Reaction") that are on The Rebbie Jackson Collection from U.K. label Expansion distributed by Sony/3MV. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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Omg my jam!
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tomykalipsco m b
This is the perfect wedding song!
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tomykalipsco m b
This is real music! I can remember the days.
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Lately I've been dreaming to myself and I really you bad
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Love this song
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Since we split up, I'm not ashamed to say that I'm not the same without you.
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Its plain to see that you and I were meant to be together.
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Surrace one of the BEST R&B GROUPS hands down!
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Shower me with your love <3 love this song
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No standing on the dance floor
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I had this cassette tape. use to play it everyday. took it to high school on radio day. a classmate begged to borrow it. I gave in, but he didn't return it. smh
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Life is 2 short 2 live alone!!
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Yes
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Underrated crew....they could jam
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I want to be more than friends with someone, but oh well..... *I'm still lonely*
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Life's to short to live alone.
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My first year anniversary listing to music with my beautiful wife cant wait for the lights to go off��
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I remember. Wen I played. I .for my love ����
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Real music here
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A genuine perfect love is not reached alone but with another. You hurt and destroy that love and when you are without, you realize only God can fix this. So when it showers love it's showering from heaven. Shower me with your love for its all I need and all I desire is to have you. " remember tangles?? I said the radio is how I do it, and you would have to come to me?? I am here kiddo your already came once but I wasn't ready to see you:( I guess those who walk by faith and not by sight truly ar
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To my Sexy Chocolate Mami Keena Mills
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I used to think, making money was the only thing that made me happy, now ,I know it was being loved bc the moneys here but my love is gone and if I make it to heaven, that's when I'll be happy again.
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My mommy love this
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Omg the memories
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The best for the test
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THIS IS COOL CLIFTON NEW. JERSEY.
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SPREAD PEACE TO ALL
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MY 2ND FAV TEAM IS THE BULLS BUT STILL PULLIN FOR THE WIZARDS CAT IN HARD HAT?
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We used to jam off this song!!!
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This is the real happy song and not the one from pharrell lol. One of the real rnb cutz from old school . timeless ...
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They are still #1 in my book !u go surface.
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I love suface ��
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When music was music.....
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Old school chilling with my boo drinking private stock lol
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Surface! One of the BEST groups of all time! Bernard Jackson! The family still jams off of all of Surface music!
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Janethill624
Take it back!!
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Surface had the most real simple impact lyrics in they're genre...my opinion.
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Music that make's u think about love
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This is still my jam������!!!
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Great cut!!! Actually makes you Happy listening to their music.
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Surface is what soul was all about....Lov e
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Real Music! Got my teens grooving to this beat!
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Love this song, especially on a nice day like this
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Love it! Hi Bernard, So fresh - keep the ballards coming! SRhodes
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Panora is the best
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My Jam
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Song of my life!!
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#Unsung I remember this song growing up in the 80's
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