The Ritchie Family - African Queens
Label: Marlin - 2206 • Format: Vinyl LP, Partially Mixed • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Disco
The Ritchie Family is an American vocal group based in Philadelphia that achieved several hits during the disco era. The three original members were not related; the group was a creation of Jacques Morali who also formed the Village People.
Their manager was Jimmy Bishop, a successful Philadelphia radio personality who also managed Barbara Mason. Morali remembered Wooten and Oliver had done The Ritchie Family - African Queens session work for him, and he called them a few years later when he wanted to form a group and the Ritchie Family was born. Their first hit single, a reworking of the s song " Brazil " reached the Top 20 in the United States inand the album, also titled Brazilsold Homens De Batalha - Antisistema - Exploring The Space. The song was a medley of recent disco Yesterday - Various - Jim Aylwards Beautiful Music, Beautiful Memories, Volume Two: Misty Moments linked together with an original chorus and it became a worldwide hit.
Their follow up albums Life Is Musicwhich followed a s theme, and African Queens were only mediocre successes. Each of these four albums was a concept album featuring songs of a similar theme as suggested by each Traumas Traumas Traumas - Marc Almond - Stories Of Johnny title. Each album also featured a long medley, usually running from 15 to 20 minutes.
Their album, American Generation, was a slight departure from disco and more in the style of Europopalthough one of The Ritchie Family - African Queens singles from it was called "I Feel Disco Good.
For the next album, Bad Reputation, they brought in Victor Willis original lead singer of Village People joining Jacques Morali in writing the material. Holt soon departed and formed her own group Ednah Holt and Starluv and was replaced by lead singer Vera Brown; the group enjoyed success with "Put Your Feet to the Beat.
By this time, Dodie Draher had left the group and newcomer Linda James took over her spot. The film was a resounding failure and still appears on many critics' "worst ever" lists; however, the soundtrack album sold well in some parts of the world. Disco music had peaked in major territories such as the USA. With original members Wooten, Mason-Jacks and Oliver, the group achieved its highest grossing sales.
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