Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr

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Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr was a 1980s R&B band. Among their biggest hits were "Always" and "Secret Lovers."


The group was started in 1976, in Greenburgh, New York, by trumpeter Duke Jones (who left the band prior to their first recordings),with drummer Porter Carroll Jr., bassist Clifford Archer, percussionist and flutist Joseph Phillips, Sheldon Tucker[Guitar]and three brothers: David Lewis (vocals and , Wayne Lewis (keyboards and vocals), and Jonathan Lewis (percussion and trombone). Other members of the band were lead singer Sharon Bryant (who was later replaced by Barbara Weathers), trumpeter William Sudderth, and saxophonist Damon Rentie (who was replaced by Koran Daniels). In 1977, the band came to Westwood, California, and performed on the nightclub scene under the name "Newban" which they agreed to change at the request of A&M executive Herb Alpert when they were signed. The word "Atlantic" was chosen because of their east coast roots. The nine-member band were now A&M employees.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Atlantic Starr scored several hits on the R&B charts. However, significant crossover success (onto the pop charts) did not come until halfway into the 80s, with the release of their As The Band Turns album, and the single "Secret Lovers." By this time, the band had pared itself down to a quintet, consisting of the three Lewis brothers, Phillips, and Weathers. In 1987, the band solidified their pop success by scoring a #1 pop (and R&B) hit with "Always," a slow jam off their album All In The Name Of Love. Following this success, Weathers left for a solo career, and she was replaced by Portia Martin for the band's next album, 1988's We're Movin' Up. Although this album was not quite as successful as its predecessor, it did produce another #1 R&B hit with "My First Love."

The band would continue to score hits on both the R&B and Pop charts into the early 90s. 1991 saw the introduction of yet another new female lead singer, when Martin was replaced by Rachel Oliver for the album, Love Crazy.[1] This album featured the band's biggest hit of the 90s, with "Masterpiece" reaching #3 on both the pop and R&B charts in early 1992. The Group toured to Japan in 1992 with yet another lead vocalist at the helm "Crystal Blake" (Studio vocalist for Stevie Wonder, and lead on " Bust A Move" w/ Young M.C.)

Following the release of Love Crazy, Atlantic Starr's relationship with Warner Bros. Records dissolved, and in 1994, the band recorded one album for Arista: Time. That album was a commercial disappointment and the single "I'll Remember You" only made it to the fifties on Billboard's R&B and pop singles charts. Time (which was David Lewis' last album with the band) found a fifth female singer, Aisha Tanner, replacing Oliver. And when 1999's Legacy was distributed by the small, independent Street Solid label, Atlantic Starr unveiled yet another lineupone that consisted of two Lewis Brothers (Wayne and Jonathan) as well as Oliver (who had returned and replaced Tanner) and a new male singer named DeWayne Woods. Although Legacy received little attention, Atlantic Starr still continues to perform today.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions[2][3] US
Record label
1978 Atlantic Starr 67 21 A&M
1979 Straight to the Point 142 65
1981 Radiant 47 5
1982 Brilliance 18 1 Gold
1983 Yours Forever 91 10
1985 As the Band Turns 17 3 64 Gold
1987 All in the Name of Love 18 4 48 Platinum Warner Bros.
1989 We're Movin' Up 125 26
1991 Love Crazy 134 25 Reprise
1994 Time 80 Arista
1997 All Because of You SoundAsia EX
1999 Legacy Street Solid
"" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions Record label
1986 Secret Lovers: The Best of Atlantic Starr A&M
1987 Classics, Vol. 10
2000 Ultimate Collection Hip-O
2001 Millennium Collection: The Best of Atlantic Starr A&M
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Single Chart positions[2][3] Album
1978 "Stand Up" 16 26 Atlantic Starr
"Gimme Your Lovin' 66
"Keep It Comin'" 49
1979 "(Let's) Rock 'n' Roll" 46 Straight to the Point
"Kissin' Power"
"Losin' You"
1981 "When Love Calls" 101 5 80 Radiant
"Send for Me" 16
"Think About That"
1982 "Circles" 38 2 9 Brilliance
"Love Me Down" 14
"Perfect Love" 32
"Your Love Finally Ran Out"
1983 "Touch a Four Leaf Clover" 87 4 Yours Forever
"Yours Forever"
1984 "More, More, More" 11
"Second to None" 50
1985 "Freak-A-Ristic" 90 6 As the Band Turns
"Cool, Calm, Collected" 110 33
"Silver Shadow" 13 41
"One Love" 58
"Secret Lovers" 3 4 1 10
1986 "If Your Heart Isn't in It" 57 4 11 48
"In the Heat of Passion"
"Silver Shadow" (re-release) 98
"Armed and Dangerous" 86 Armed and Dangerous Soundtrack
1987 "Always" 1 1 1 3 All in the Name of Love
"One Lover at a Time" 58 10 16 57
"All in the Name of Love" 51
1988 "Thankful" 65
"Let the Sun In" 28 79
1989 "My First Love" 1 We're Movin' Up
"My Sugar" 27
"Bring It Back Home Again"
1991 "Love Crazy" 75 7 Love Crazy
1992 "Masterpiece" 3 3 2
"Unconditional Love" 38
1994 "I'll Remember You" 55 58 32 Time
"Everybody's Got Summer" 36
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

See also


  1. [Atlantic Starr at All Music Guide Atlantic Starr biography] Retrieved 5-9-2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Atlantic Star UK chart history. Retrieved on 2011-04-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 [Atlantic Starr at All Music Guide Atlantic Starr US chart history]. Retrieved on 2011-04-07.
  4. Atlantic Starr US certification history. Retrieved on 2011-04-07.

External links

  • Atlantic Starr Bio
  • Atlantic Starr at All Music Guide
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