Vocal R&B group originally comprising Dawn Robinson (28 November 1968, Connecticut, USA), Terry Ellis (b. 5 September 1966, Texas, USA), Cindy Herron (b. 26 September 1965, San Francisco, California, USA) and Maxine Jones (b. 16 January 1966, Patterson, New Jersey, USA). They formed in Oakland, California, where they were auditioned by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy. The duo had worked together in both the Timex Social Club and Club Nouveau (who enjoyed big hits with Rumors in 1986 and Lean On Me, a hip-hop version of Bill Withers 70s classic, and a Grammy-winner, in 1987). Afterwards they decided to write and produce under their own steam: When Tommy and I bumped into each other in the early 80s, we had the same notion. Everyone was saying R&B was tired and worn out. The new era was hip-hop and rap. But we thought: why not combine the two eras? Put good songs - and the 70s were loaded with good songs - over the new...
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