Klymaxx Biography

This female R&B group from Los Angeles, California, USA was formed in 1979 by and Bernadette Cooper (drums/vocals), Lorena Porter (vocals), Cheryl Cooley (guitar), Lynn Malsby (keyboards), Robbin Grider (keyboards) and Joyce ‘Fenderella’ Irby (bass/vocals). They teamed up with new writing/production team Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis on their debut for the Solar label, 1981’s Girls Will Be Girls. This passable collection of modern R&B failed to make much of an impact, a fate that also befell the much-improved follow-up Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman. The group switched to the MCA imprint Constellation Records for their third album, Meeting In The Ladies Room, and scored their breakthrough US hit with the Top 3 single ‘I Miss You’. Further Top 20 hits followed with ‘Man Size Love’ (featured in the movie Running Scared) and ‘I’d Still Say Yes’, the latter co-written by Irby and emerging R&B producer/songwriter Babyface.

Cooper and Irby subsequently departed to launch solo careers, although both would subsequently find more success as writer/producers. A scaled down Klymaxx line-up featuring Porter, Cooley and Grider completed one further album for Constellation, 1990’s weak The Maxx Is Back. Their late 90s comeback spawned the unsuccessful One Day, following which the group split up for a second time. Another reunion took place in 2003 when the group performed on the VH1 television series Bands Reunited.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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