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Yarbrough & Peoples

Yarbrough & Peoples burst onto the music scene with the million-selling single "Don't Stop the Music," a sinewy slab of synth-based R&B/funk that was ahead of its time and had a far-reaching influence in the years to come. The sizzling track held down the number one R&B spot for five weeks and hit number 19 pop on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1981. The duo released one album for Mercury, and then three for Total Experience, from 1980 through 1985.

Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples met when they were small children growing up in Dallas, Texas. They took lessons from the same music teacher and attended the same neighborhood church, where they sang solos in the choir. After college, Peoples worked a regular job while Yarbrough played keyboards and sang in Grand Theft. Tulsa, Oklahoma musicians Robert, Ronnie, and Charlie Wilson were in the audience for one of the band's shows and offered the keyboardist/singer a background vocal job on a tour. Once the tour was over, Yarbrough returned to Dallas and Grand Theft. When the Wilson brothers, then known as the Gap Band, came to Dallas to perform, Yarbrough had them listen to a demo. Impressed, Charlie Wilson had manager/producer Lonnie Simmons listen as well. Simmons suggested that the duo make another demo and teamed them with staff producer Jonah Ellis. They recorded seven songs, the last of which was "When the Music Stops." Ellis felt the song was a filler track; if they had enough studio time left, they would record it on the demo, if not it was no big deal. Yarbrough liked the song, so Ellis recorded a track with both a drum machine and drummer Jonathan Moffett. Retitled "Don't Stop the Music" and co-written by Peoples, the song inherited the number one R&B spot from the Gap Band's "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" in February 1981. Their debut album, The Two of Us, went gold and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 and featured a follow-up single, "Third Degree," which peaked at number 74 R&B.

The next LP, Heartbeats, was issued on Total Experience in 1982. Two singles were released with strong "Don't Stop the Music" leanings: "Heartbeats" (number ten R&B) and "Feels So Good" (number 20 R&B). Their next album, Be a Winner, produced by Yarbrough, Ellis, and Oliver Scott and released in 1984, yielded another number one R&B single "Don't Waste Your Time," while the LP's title track climbed to number 20. Guilty, released in 1985, was the duo's best album. The title track, written and produced by Prime Time's Jimmy Hamilton and Maurice Hayes, went to number two R&B around the time of the LP's release. The Hamilton/Hayes follow-up, the percolating "I Wouldn't Lie," went to number six R&B, and the gentle ballad "Wrapped Around Your Finger" peaked at number 46 R&B. Although they're known for their uptempo hits, Guilty proved that Yarbrough & Peoples could handle ballads. The duo also worked with the other acts signed to Total Experience, including the Gap Band and Pennye Ford. On the singer's Pennye LP, the singing duo co-wrote and produced the heart-tugging ballad "Never Let Go."

The duo left Total Experience in 1986, married shortly thereafter, and retreated from the music industry. They continued to perform, nurtured younger talent, and even performed in an Off-Broadway musical. Most of their albums were remastered and expanded in the late 2000s and early 2010s. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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I love the beat.
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r.l.hunter
This is my karaoke turn up.
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luisgarrido1 3 5
Right Music! Right Time. All these new so called talent have nothing on this era of music. All the new artist do now days is use these classics and copy talent they don't have. Wish Old Skool came back>
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this song!!!!
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Yarborough and peoples will live on forever,Don' t Stop TheMusic
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One of the best of all time
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Keep on playing this song!
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Love it
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Yardbrough and peoples, miss u much, still today
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Just as tight as the 1st time I heard it Classic & Timeless
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I feel u tho
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Y & P ...don't stop
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joeblown5
I am guilty
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Y&P thank you for all the jewels that we can share with generations to come. Love. Respect.
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Wonderful Memories listening to this song love these two singing this this was my cut back in the day my day
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Basement house party
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memories
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GOD knows that I really do LOVE this song a whole lot
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Still HOT......... . . s m o k i n g :-*
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This the Nightclub Song for the Day! !!!! Man you can't help but Dance off this number !!!����
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LOVE IT!!
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Don't you stop the music !!!
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Yaassss!!!!! Love it!
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Don't you know
You've got me mesmerized
With the beat
I always fantasize... .

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duece_0205
Love this old skool jam!!!
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always been a favorite group of mine along with others. Old Skool still kicking
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Disco Stu, with chipmonks
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Love my auntie and uncle still jammin!!!!
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Thats what im talkin about soul soul soul sounds good
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This still bumps at our family functions, like it came out yesterday! Never gets old! Just because it's 2 o'clock don't mean we have to stop! Yes!!
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shundamopar7 3
NEVER STOP! HELL YEAH! PISCES ALL DAY SKATIN FA SHO! N STILL LOOK GOOD!
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The Big Hommie, Canine!
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If I could go back in time....I'd leave today!
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This was the best times ever
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I just LOVE their music soo much
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Classic soul...
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This is BRAIN BEATN MUSIC DONT STOP THE MUSIC K-TOWN GERMANY!!!
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iknightu
Is this Stevie Wonder? CopyCats
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My favorite all time jammy jam! Representing the OC Orange City child to adult now what NEVER stop the music!
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The greatest memories of the skating rink in Pensacola at take skating rink on warringtonl blvd
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Don't stop the music ever.
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Like it
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afrokimono
One of the first posters I ripped from the pages of Right On! magazine and plastered on my wall - Yarborough and Peoples!
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The song is all about reality. Goddee1962
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Nothing but the best. Goddee1962
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Just because I'm 60 yrs, don't mean that I have to stop lovin this song! LOL
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roc10312
This has been one of my favorite songs since I was a child!!! And still rocking to it as a 40ish adult!
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I love this song.
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Man their nothing like old skool ♥
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Don't Stop The Music is my favorite song by Y&P!
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