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Tavares

The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such up-tempo hits as the million-selling single "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," "More Than a Woman," and "Whodunit," but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad "Check It Out." Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, young-men-next-door image made them favorites on TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone" written by the then relative unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.

The Tavares brothers -- Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares nicknamed "Pooch," "Tiny," "Chubby," and "Butch" -- started the group in 1964 as Chubby and the Turnpikes in New Bedford, MA. Their grandparents taught them traditional Cape Verde folk songs, while their older brother John schooled them on doo wop singing. In 1969, the group became Tavares. They began singing in New England clubs and were signed to Capitol Records in 1973. Their debut album, Check It Out , was issued in early 1974. The title track slow jam single went to number five R&B on Billboard's charts in summer 1973. The next single, the ballad "That's the Sound That Lonely Makes," hit number ten R&B in early 1974. Check It Out was followed by Hard Core Poetry in summer 1974, helmed by songwriting/production duo Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter (the Four Tops' "Aint No Woman Like the One I Got"). It listed the soaring number ten hit "Too Late," the number one hit "She's Gone," and "Remember What I Told You to Forget," which hit number four in 1975. Lambert & Potter produced In the City (summer 1975), which yielded the driving number one hit "It Only Takes a Minute," "Free Ride" (a 1973 pop smash for the Edgar Winter Group), and "The Love I Never Had." Take That's 1993 cover of "It Only Takes a Minute" was a U.K. hit.

Tavares' album Sky High (spring 1976) was the group's first collaboration with producer Freddie Perren. Perren seemed to have an affinity for family singing groups, having had hits with the Jackson 5 ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save") as a member of the Motown arrangers/songwriters/producers collective The Corporation, and would later go to have hits with the Sylvers ("Boogie Fever"). Sky High boasted the sparkling number three R&B hit "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part 1)" from summer 1976. Their fifth LP, Love Storm was issued in spring 1977 and included the clever number one R&B hit "Whodunit" in spring 1977.

"More Than a Woman" was specifically written for Tavares by the Bee Gees and was issued as a single from the 11-million-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. "More Than a Woman" was also on their Future Bound LP released in spring 1978. A greatest hits set, The Best of Tavares, was released in fall 1977. On 1979's Madame Butterfly LP, the group worked with Philly soul arranger/producer Bobby Martin (the Manhattans, LTD). The sweet ballad "Never Had a Love Like This Before" went to number five R&B in early 1979.

In 1994, Canadian label Unidisc released The Best of Tavares Revisited, which had re-recordings by the group of their past hits. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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IT BEEN A YEAR MY LIT CUZ PASSED AWAY.... I CRIED ON WAY HOME .... I MISS HER SO VERY MUCH HER WAS FIRST COUSIN BABY GIRL... I LOVE YOU CUZ SMILE...
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Check it out baby
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Classic
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Never. Had. A. Love. Like. This. Before!!!!!! ! I. Know. That. Right. !!!!!
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Wow! I used to believe the ideas conveyed in these songs! I miss that!
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Good years1970
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Great song good memories
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I used to sing with a group of talented guys back in the day and Tavares was one of our favorite groups. In fact, Remember What I Told You Forget was my first solo. Wow!!!!
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I want all I can get
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My sister love u guys so much she named her son after u guys love y'all
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YOU... MASCARENO
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Wow is all I can say.
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Will whoever dunit please step up!
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I love Tavares group
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A great compliment was given to me when I told I sound like the lead singer from this group.
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This group can SING!!!
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madsmoky
Met the Tavares bros, in BERMUDA 1973 on my honeymoon, great people, great singers, pleasure to have them be part of our wedding memories, 42 years later. rick
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I want all I can get
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Such a great singing group. Church
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ayanna1456
Always loved this group. Too bad they were marginalized within the genre of disco.
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I KNOWN AS THE MADAM BUTTERFLY BACK IN MY PLACES AND SPACES THANK YOU ALL FOR THE MUSIC TO DANCE TO I LIKE IT ALL SMILE..... BLUE LIGHT SONG I LOVE........ . . .
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Heaven knows they have a catalog of hits,but ''Strangers in dark corners'' is my favorite.
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sizzzla2
Reminds me of home! - Never Had A Love Like This Before
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Excellent harmonies.
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"She's Gone"Gangsta - G i r l in your hand
Slipping away from my pleasure to-be forgotten
Wishing upon a star to-find where is the love
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 8 m 1 4 y ~
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coolcarl88
INCREDIBLE harmony.
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GOD GOT HIS PREFECT ANGEL LOVE AND MISS LIT CUZ SMILE....
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LOVE THE MUSIC BACK THEN REMIND ME ABOUT MY OWN PLACES AND SPACES IN MY LIFE LISTENING TO THIS KIND OF MUSIC LOVE IT SMILE.......
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Love....
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I used to listen to Tavares in school back in the day. They were a part of The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
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sjceraldi
The Best! Heaven must me MISSING an Angel!
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"PLEASE REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU TO FORGET"!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
1 of the MOST AWESOME SONGS EVER SUNG in the whole HISTORY of MUSIC!!!!!
=-O =-O =-O =-O =-O!!!!!
Mmm-Hmmmmmm, da`s RIGHT!!!!! :-D
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Best song on this CD, Don't Take Away The Music.
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These were the great days of disco dancing penthouse warm beer lousy food 2001 sat night fever we went from the great groups of the fifties to the dancing era of the 70
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This is myjam
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Yougo
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williamsthom a s 8
B n whit u n wonderful n it only takes a min. R the ones 4me oooyeah!
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stpratcher
New school can't touch old school!
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katieclaireh
I heard Anthony Fedorov do a version of this song during the fourth season of American Idol back in 2005... I love it...
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I love me some Tavares! Every time I hear Heaven Must Be Missin' an Angel I get a big grin on my face, and I just have to sing along with it!
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While drinking my OG Black Gourmet Coffee from: simplymarvel o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m let me tell you, we all grew up the marvelous sounds of the Tavares, and their style and delivery can never be replaced. Wow
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Great group and even better people!!
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I LOVE HOW THEY PREFORMED ON SOUL TRAIN LOVE YOU ALL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. AND PHILLY HAVE THEIR ANGELS ON EARTH SMILE..
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una de mis rolas mas favoritas de todo el tiempo.....t a k e s me back bout 35 yrs
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I love Tavares. One of my favorite groups of all time.
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One of my all time favorites from Tavares.
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The Tavares does More Than a Woman better than the Bee Gees! It's a beautiful song that I love to sing to.
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sizzzla2
When I typed this groups name into the new station field, this was the exact song I wanted to hear by them!

NICE!!!!
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iam so lucky to come from the same town they came from heard them a lot when I was growing up
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of coursed keefe...and salt and pepper in kenmore sq and kix...:)
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