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Heatwave was a popular international R&B/Funk band with Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. & Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio, Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards), Spaniard Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovakian drummer Ernest "Bilbo" Berger, Jamaican Eric Johns (guitars) and British guitarist Roy Carter. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Johnnie Wilder, Jr. ... Nickname: Gem City Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Montgomery Founded April 1, 1796 Incorporated 1805 Mayor Rhine L. McLin Area    - City 146. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Official language None; English is de facto Capital London Capitals coordinates 51° 30 N, 0° 10 W Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Czechoslovakia (Czech: Československo, Slovak: Česko-Slovensko/before 1990 Československo) was a country in Central Europe that existed from 1918 until 1992 (except for the World War II period). ...


They were known for their hits "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever" (from their 1977 debut album, Too Hot To Handle), and "The Groove Line" (from their 1978 follow-up album Central Heating). For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...

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Heatwave's mainstream years

Heatwave emerged as one of the disco-era's funkiest dance groups. American serviceman brothers Johnnie Wilder and his brother Keith Wilder were based in West Germany when they first began performing, and upon their discharge from the U.S. Army, the duo stayed in that country. Both singers, the pair gigged in clubs and bars with an assortment of bands while still enlisted. This article is becoming very long. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


However, they were constantly looking to expand their horizons, and in mid year they relocated to the United Kingdom to link up with songwriter/keyboardist Rod Temperton. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ...


While touring the London club circuit during the mid-1970s, their experience allowed Heatwave to define and refine their music, eschewing straight disco beats for a sound that certainly contained that element, but fused it with a rich funk groove. As a result of their inventive music style, the group signed to GTO (Epic Records) in 1976. They were paired in the studio with GTO house producer/session guitarist Barry Blue, and rhythm guitarist Jesse Whitten. Whitten was replaced with rhythm guitarist Roy Carter after being stabbed to death in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. They began creating their first album Too Hot To Handle in the fall of 1976. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... GTO is an abbreviation of: Geostationary transfer orbit Great Teacher Onizuka, the manga and anime series Gran Turismo Omologato, Pontiac GTO. Not to be confused with Mitsubishi GTO Guanajuato, Gto. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Barry Greene A.K.A Barry Blue, is a Rock singer/producer from the United Kingdom who is most know for his songs, Dancing On A Saturday Night and Do You Wanna Dance from the 1970s. ...


1977 was a big year for Heatwave, as their first single "Boogie Nights" from their debut album, reached number two on the British pop charts in January (it wouldn't appear on the American radar until later that summer, when it also became a #2 hit in November). The group's long-awaited debut album, Too Hot to Handle, finally appeared in late-spring 1977, giving Heatwave a number eleven hit in the U.S. - it cruised to number five on the R&B charts, while the next single, the sweet soul ballad "Always and Forever", closed out the year with a number two U.S. R&B hit in December. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Continuing to use Barry Blue's production skills, Heatwave released their sophomore album Central Heating in April 1978. The album rode firmly on the tails of its massive single, the classic "The Groove Line", a hard hitting dance groove that rocketed up the charts, leaving the album's other single, the beautiful ballad "Mind Blowing Decisions" gasping for air in its wake. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Although their star power seemed unstoppable, Heatwave were dealt with some challenges during the late-1970s, as first Eric Johns, then Rod Temperton quit the band. Although, Temperton would continue writing new songs for Heatwave, he swiftly became better-known for his songwriting for other artists, penning award-winning songs for some of funk's heaviest hitters, including Rufus and the Brothers Johnson. He also wrote for Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, but his most famous partnership remains the one forged with Michael Jackson, writing three songs, "Rock With You", "Off The Wall" and "Burn This Disco Out" for Jackson's 1979 Off The Wall LP. He then returned to Jackson's camp in 1982 with three songs for the Thriller LP, including the seminal title track. Rufus is a name that could refer to one of the following: Rufus (band), a 1970s/1980s funk band fronted by Chaka Khan Rufus (actor), a french actor Rufus, the forgotten 13th apostle played by Chris Rock in the film Dogma Rufus the naked mole rat from Disneys TV... The Brothers Johnson is a band consisting of the musicians George Johnson (Lightnin Licks) and Louis Johnson (Thunder Thumbs). After touring with various artists like Bobby Womack and Billy Preston, Quincy Jones hired them for a tour in Japan and produced their debut LP Look out for Number 1, released... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Quincy Jones on the cover of Back on the Block (1989). ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Off the Wall was American pop and R&B singer Michael Jacksons breakthrough 1979 solo album. ... Thriller is an album by pop singer Michael Jackson, released by Epic Records on December 1, 1982. ...


Shaken, but undaunted by recent events, Heatwave were about to return to the studio, only to be dealt another blow as Mantese was stabbed walking home from a party in London. He, too, had no alternative but to leave the band, and was replaced with Derek Bramble. Adding guitarist William Jones and keyboardist Calvin Duke to the group, and now working with new producer Phil Ramone, Heatwave cut Hot Property, released in May 1979. Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ...


During the spring of 1979, lead-vocalist and songwriter Johnnie Wilder, Jr. suffered a tragic auto accident, while visiting family and friends in Dayton, Ohio. Although he survived, the accident left him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to continue performing with the group. After the accident, Johnnie remained a co-producer of the group with Barry Blue.


Determined to continue working with the band he had nurtured since the very beginning, Wilder remained on board for studio work and, in 1980, Heatwave recorded the Candles LP, with Temperton again providing the songs., except stand out track "All I Am", written by Barry Blue's former writing partner Lynsey De Paul. The group recruited James Dean "J.D." Nichols to handle vocals in concert. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Lynsey Rubin (born June 11, 1950 in London) is a songwriter and singer. ...


Heatwave's spotlight seemed to be waning though, as the November single "Gangsters of the Groove" proved to be their last pop hit, reaching number twenty-one in the U.S., and pulling in a surprisingly impressive number twenty in the United Kingdom early in the New Year. But the album peaked at a mere number seventy-one in the United States in December 1980, bringing a tumultuous time to a somewhat disappointing close.


Heatwave's 1982 LP, Current, marked yet another new era for the band as they returned to producer Barry Blue. The album managed only a desultory number 156 on the U.S. Billboard 200, although it scored the band a number twenty-one hit on the R&B charts, where Heatwave continued to be a strong presence. A Rod Temperton penned single, "Lettin' It Loose" proved a minor hit in August. However, it also sounded a death knell for the group. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


The post-Heatwave years

Derek Bramble quit the band at the end of 1982, like Roy Carter, for a career in production (he would go on to work with David Bowie on 1984's Tonight LP, and later masterminded Jaki Graham's breakthrough). J.D. Nichols, too, decamped to fill Lionel Richie's shoes in the Commodores. At the end of a staggering series of departures, the remaining members of Heatwave essentially brought down the curtain -- the band was rendered inactive, and for all intents disbanded. David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English Grammy Winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer whose work spans more than four decades. ... Jaki Graham (born 15 September 1956 in Birmingham, England) is a British singer. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... The Commodores were a highly successful soul / funk band of the 1970s and 1980s. ...


Silent since early 1983, the Wilder brothers resurfaced in 1989 with the gospel album Sound of Soul. In 1988, Johnnie Wilder released a solo spiritual album My Goals on Light. Neither sold well, but Heatwave itself was revitalized in 1991, when a remix version of their "Mind Blowing Decisions" charted in the UK and, by the middle of the 1990s, Keith Wilder had reformed the band. Joined by bassist Dave Williamson, keyboardists Kevin Sutherland and Byron Byrd and guitarist Bill Jones, the reborn Heatwave launched an American tour with a live album, At the Greek Theater, Hollywood arriving in 1997. Long standing favorites of the retro dance circuit, Heatwave fans were also treated to a new extended club remix of "Boogie Nights" in 2002. A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... Kevin Sutherland (born July 4, 1964) is an American professional golfer. ... Bill Jones William Leon Jones (born December 20, 1949) is a U.S. politician who served as the 27th Secretary of State of California Born in Coalinga, California, Jones earned his bachelors degree in agribusiness and plant sciences from California State University, Fresno in 1971. ... ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Trivia.

  • Co-founder, and lead vocalist, Johnnie Wilder, Jr. passed away at his home in Clayton, Ohio on May 13, 2006 at age 56.
  • "Boogie Nights" was cut and edited by Michael Jackson, a sound recordist that shares the King of Pop's name.

Johnnie Wilder, Jr. ... Clayton is a city located in Montgomery County, Ohio. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Billboard Magazine Top 40 Chart Success

  • "Boogie Nights" (#2 U.S. Hot 100 and #5 R&B in 1977)
  • "Always and Forever" (#18 U.S. Hot 100 and #2 R&B in 1978)
  • "The Groove Line" (#7 U.S. Hot 100 and #3 R&B in 1978)
  • "Eyeballin'" (#30 R&B in 1979)
  • "Gangsters of the Groove" (#21 R&B in 1980)

The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

UK Singles Chart Entries

  • "Boogie Nights" (1977) #2
  • "Too Hot To Handle/Slip Your Disc to This" (1977) #15
  • "The Groove Line" (1978) #12
  • "Mind Blowing Decisions" (1978) #12
  • "Always and Forever/Mind Blowing Decisions" (1978) #9 (re-mix)
  • "Razzle Dazzle" (1979) #43
  • "Gangsters of the Groove" (1981) #19
  • "Jitterbuggin" (1981) #34

Discography

  • Too Hot To Handle (1977)
  • Central Heating (1978)
  • Hot Property (1979)
  • Candles (1980)
  • Current (1982)

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References

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External link

  • SoulTracks.com profile of Heatwave

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Heatwave - Music Downloads - Online (1194 words)
Heatwave's spotlight seemed to be waning though, as the November single "Gangsters of the Groove" proved their last pop hit, reaching #21 in the U.S., and pulling in a surprisingly impressive #20 in the U.K. early in the New Year.
At the end of a staggering series of departures, the remaining members of Heatwave essentially brought down the curtain -- the band was rendered inactive, and for all intents disbanded.
Neither sold well, but Heatwave itself was revitalized in 1991, when a re-mix version of their "Mind Blowing Decisions charted in the U.K and, by the middle of the decade, Keith Wilder had reformed the band.
Heatwave Bio - Mars Talent (1022 words)
As Heatwave worked throughout Europe, personnel continued to change, and the group also suffered a tragic loss of one of its original members, Jessie Whitten, who lost his life in an accident.
Heatwave enjoyed another series of American concert dates before they decided to move back to England where their popularity had not wavered and their records were still very successful.
Heatwave also employed additional vocalists, some of which were musicians in the group - Keith Wilder, Billy Jones, Calvin Duke, Keith Harrison and session musicians were also hired for the first time in this album to create a new style of recording, yet not departing from the Heatwave influence.
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