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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Legendary People's Choice

Vocalist/keyboardist Frank Brunson formed People's Choice in Philadelphia in the early '70s. Drummer/percussionist David Thompson, vocalists Valerie Brown and Marc Reed, guitarists Darnell Jordan and Johnnie Hightower, keyboardists Clifton Gamble and Bill Rodgers, and bassist/vocalist Stanley Thomas were in the original lineup. Despite the vocalists, the group's biggest hits were instrumentals. They were signed to Philadelphia International and worked with Leon Huff on the funk and disco gem "Do It Any Way You Wanna," among the great pieces of '70s Philly dance music. It was their lone R&B chart-topper, and it peaked at number 11 on the pop charts in 1975. They previously recorded for Phil-L.A., and "I Likes to Do It" had reached number nine in 1971. They remained on Philadelphia International until 1982, when they recorded for TPC. They also issued one LP on Mercury, Strikin', in 1984.

  • 1971-1972 - I like To Do It
  • 1974 - Party Is A Groovy Thing
  • 1975 - Boogie Down USA
  • 1976 - We Got The Rhythm
  • 1978 - Turn Me Loose
  • 1980 - People's Choice
  • 1982 - Still In Love (EP)
  • 1984 - Strikin'

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