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Encyclopedia > Teddy Riley (new jack swing)
Teddy Riley
Background information
Birth name Edward Theodore Riley
Born October 8, 1967 (age 39)
Origin Harlem, New York
United States
Genre(s) New Jack Swing, R&B, Hip hop, pop
Occupation(s) Producer, Musician, Performer
Years active 1986–present
Label(s) Interscope
MCA
Associated
acts
Guy, Blackstreet
Website N/A

Teddy Riley (born Edward Theodore Riley, October 8, 1967 in Harlem, New York) is an American R&B and hip hop singer, songwriter, musician and producer who was the ring leader of the most influential groups of R&B in two separate decades - Guy in the 80s and Blackstreet in the 90s. Riley is mostly responsible for making a successful fusion of hip-hop and R&B in the late 1980s which was called New Jack Swing. October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... New jack swing is a hybrid style of rhythm and blues (R&B) combined with hip hop, popular from the late 1980s to early/mid-1990s. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands, etc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Interscope Records is an American record label owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Guy was a popular 1980s and 1990s hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul band that was one of the early pioneers of hip-hop/R&B music and which set a trend in the early 1990s in a movement called the New jack swing. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Guy was an R&B musical group, the first to sport the soulful vocals-springy hip-hop beats combo of music called new jack swing or swingbeat music, although the Timex Social Club and the Force M.D.s had earlier experimented with the R&B/soul meets rap/hip... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... See also 1990s, the band Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... New jack swing is a hybrid style of rhythm and blues (R&B) combined with hip hop, popular from the late 1980s to early/mid-1990s. ...

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Biography

Riley began his producing and recording career at age of 12 in the 1980s. His first group was called Kids At Work, which included future Guy member Timmy Gatling. The group were signed to CBS Records and released their self -titled album which included the single "Singin' Hey Yeah". Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Timmy Gatling, an American musician, was an original member of the swingbeat threesome Guy. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...


At the age of 15, he produced his first hit record "The Show/La Di Da Di" for rappers Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew who included: DJs Barry B., Chill Will and MC Ricky D AKA Slick Rick and the underground classic hit for Classical II "Raps New Generation". His composition of one-hit wonder Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid" became a very popular track reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B charts in the spring of 1988. He was also known of producing hits for Keith Sweat on his debut album, Make It Last Forever, released in November 1987, which produced number one hits such as "I Want Her" and "Something Just Ain't Right". He also produced tracks for hip hop artists such as Kool Moe Dee and Heavy D & the Boyz on their debut album, Livin' Large (1987) on Uptown/MCA Records. Doug E. Fresh (born Douglas E. Davis, on 17 September 1966, in St Thomas, Virgin Islands) is an African-American rapper, record producer, beatboxer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Keith Sweat (born Keith Crier on July 22, 1961 in Harlem, New York), is a popular R&B/soul singer, songwriter, record producer and a major contributor to the New jack swing era. ... Mohandas Dewese (born 8 August 1962), better known as Kool Moe Dee, was an American old-school rapper prominent in the late 1980s and early 90s. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250 lb (113 kg) (born Dwight Errington Myers on May 24, 1967 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA), who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual failings. ...


In the summer of 1988 Bobby Brown released his smash hit album Don't Be Cruel which included the hit single "Don't Be Cruel", "Every Little Step" and Riley's first major mainstream hit produced song "My Prerogative" along with writing skills of Guy's Aaron Hall. Image:Bobbypromo. ... Dont be Cruel is a song by Otis Blackwell, which was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. ... Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aaron Hall (born 10 August 1964 in Bronx, New York) is an American R&B singer and songwriter. ...


Riley got the idea of forming his own group after it was suggested to him that a younger singer named Aaron Hall was looking to join a group. After meeting at a New York mall, Riley and Hall became friends and formed what would be Guy in 1987. Complete with a third member - Timmy Gatling - they recorded and finished their self-titled debut in the summer 1988, which by the time of Gatling's exit and Hall's younger brother Damian's entry. The album sold over 3 million copies with hits like "Groove Me", "Teddy's Jam", "Piece of My Love", "I Like" and "Spend the Night". The album had established the group as a unique R&B musical force through out the end of the 1980s into the 1990s. Aaron Hall (born 10 August 1964 in Bronx, New York) is an American R&B singer and songwriter. ... Guy was an R&B musical group, the first to sport the soulful vocals-springy hip-hop beats combo of music called new jack swing or swingbeat music, although the Timex Social Club and the Force M.D.s had earlier experimented with the R&B/soul meets rap/hip... Timmy Gatling, an American musician, was an original member of the swingbeat threesome Guy. ...


While in the band Guy he also produced and remixed songs for acts such as Abstrac, Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston, Billy Ocean, Blondie, Boy George, David Peaston, Hi-Five, James Ingram, Stephanie Mills, The Jacksons, Wreckx-N-Effect (which included his brother Markell Riley) on their first album Wrecks 'n' Effect. which featured the hit songs "New Jack Swing", "Juicy" and "Club Head". He remixed Jane Child's hit song "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", which peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the spring of 1990. Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born on August 9, 1963) is an American pop and R&B singer and actress. ... Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles January 21, 1950) is a UK-based popular music performer who had a string of rhythm and blues tinged international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Blondie is an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George, (born June 14, 1961, in Eltham, Kent, England) is an English singer-songwriter. ... Hi-Five, from left to right: Treston Irby, Marcus Sanders, Tony Thompson, Roderick Clark, and Russell Neal Hi-Five is an R&B quintet based out of Waco, Texas who had a string of Top 20 hits in the early and mid 1990s, including the Billboard Hot 100 number one... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Stephanie Mills (born March 22, 1957 in Harlem, New York) is an African American R&B and soul singer and former Broadway star. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Wreckx-N-Effect was a New Jack Swing band, that had their only hit Rump Shaker, in 1992. ... Jane Child (born on February 15, 1967 in Toronto) is a Canadian Dance-pop singer, producer and musician best known for her 1990 hit song Dont Wanna Fall in Love, which peaked at #2 on Billboards Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the spring of 1990. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ...


In between albums, Guy appeared on the 1989 Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing Soundtrack, their song "My Fantasy", was also realesed as a single. The film title song was originally preformed by rapper / producer Redhead Kingpin, which Riley produced called "Do The Right Thing". However, Spike Lee went along with Public Enemy "Fight The Power" as it matched the mood of the film. Never the less both songs went onto be smashes in summer of '89. Do the Right Thing is a 1989 motion picture produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee and released by Universal Pictures. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with social and political issues. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a seminal hip hop group from Long Island, New York known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ...


He turned Heavy D & the Boyz into a hip hop powerhouse in 1989 on their sophomore effort Big Tyme, by producing their hit song "We Got Our Thang". The album also featured "Somebody For Me", which also featured notable New jack Swing artist Al B. Sure. Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250 lb (113 kg) (born Dwight Errington Myers on May 24, 1967 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA), who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual failings. ... Al B. Sure! (born Albert Brown in 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts). ...


The Future, the second album released by Guy in the autumn of 1990 produced hits such as ""Wanna Get With U", "Let's Chill", "Do Me Right", "Her" and "D.O.G. Me Out".


Guy contributed a song to the soundtrack of Mario Van Peebles 1991 directoral debut film New Jack City, which stared Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock. Guy also appeared in the film as the New Year's Eve Band. Guy also contributed to the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest soundtrack, with the song "Land Of A Thousand Dances" Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mario Van Peebles (b. ... New Jack City is a 1991 crime-thriller film starring Wesley Snipes, Ice T, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson and Chris Rock. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1] is an American rapper, rock musician, author, and actor. ... Chris Rock (born February 7, 1966 (sometimes given as 1965[1]) in Andrews, South Carolina) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Before the band Guy split up, Riley moved his music operations to Virginia Beach, where he set up his Future Recording Studio.


Michael Jackson, who would have Riley produce his records following the release of his 1991 album, Dangerous. Riley produced the Jackson songs, "Remember the Time", "Jam" which featured Heavy D, "She Drives Me Wild" and the title song "Dangerous". For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Dangerous was a hit album for singer/songwriter Michael Jackson released in late 1991 and went on to become the second best selling album of 1992, behind The Bodyguard, a movie soundtrack. ... Jam from berries Jam is a type of sweet spread or condiment made with certain fruits or vegetables, sugar, and sometimes pectin. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250-lb Heavy D., who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual prowess. ... Look up dangerous in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Riley also went on to contribute to the Juice soundtrack which stared rapper Tupac Shakur aka 2Pac. Riley's song "Is It Good To You" perfomed with long time collaborator Tammy Lucas was a smash hit. His fellow ex-Guy bandmate Aaron Hall was also on the soundtrack his song "Don't Be Afraid" was the big hit on the movie soundtrack. Orange Juice. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rap artist, actor, and poet. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aaron Hall (born 10 August 1964 in Bronx, New York) is an American R&B singer and songwriter. ...


Even throughout his reign as producer, Riley found time to form another band Blackstreet in 1992. The first song that Blackstreet released was "Baby Be Mine" which was off the "CB4" soundtrack which stared Chris Rock. In 1994 Blackstreet released their debut self-titled platinum selling album which featured the hits "Booti Call" and "Before I Let Go". The follow-up album took the group to national prominence with the release of their sophomore effort, Another Level, in 1996, which sold 4x platinum, it featured their biggest-selling hit to date, "No Diggity". BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... Chris Rock (born February 7, 1966 (sometimes given as 1965[1]) in Andrews, South Carolina) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ...


In 2005, he had disbanded and reformed Blackstreet. Riley also worked on an album with Outsiderz 4 Life [1], producing Wil' Out and others.


At the start of 2006, Riley started the New Jack Swing revival, with the New Jack Reunion Tour, featuring acts, in addition to BLACKstreet and Guy, After 7, SWV and Tony Toni Toné. At the same time, In May 2006, an interview with Underground Soul Online Magazine [2], Teddy announced that he would be working on three key projects. A new Blackstreet album, a new Guy album and also would be working with Michael Jackson for his comeback album. The New Jack Reunion Tour is a 2006 concert that features members of the 1990s music genre New Jack Swing, which was created by people like Teddy Riley and DeVante Swing. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... After 7 was an R&B group, founded in 1988 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds and David Mitchell. ... SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, are an American female R&B/new jack swing trio from New York that formed as three school friends in 1990: Cheryl Coko Gamble-Clemons (born June 13, 1974), Tamara Taj Johnson-George (born April 1974), and Leanne Lelee Lyons (born July 1973). ... Tony! Toni! Toné! was a late 1980s/1990s R&B group from Oakland, California (near San Francisco). ...


There are numerous websites dedicated to Riley's New Jack Swing movement one of the most visited is the New Jack Swing 4Ever website [3]. You usally find the lastest news, reviews and even interviews with artists of the New Jack Swing era.


Riley is also credited for discovering The Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins. The Neptunes is the name for the record production duo, consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who have created the sound for some of the most successful Hip Hop, R&B and Pop artists of this decade. ... Rodney Darkchild Jerkins (born Rodney Roy Jerkins in 1977 in Pleasantville, New Jersey) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician, working today in the genres of pop, R&B, hip hop and gospel. ...


Discography

Solo

Album cover Album information
BlackRock
  • Released: Unreleased 2005
  • Label: Virgin

Image File history File links Teddy_Riley_Blackrock. ... BlackRock Inc. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

With Guy

Album cover Album information
Guy
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: MCA
  • Last RIAA certification: 2x Platinum
  • Singles: "Groove Me", "Teddy's Jam", "Don't Clap...Just Dance", "I Like", "Spend The Night" and "Round And Round (Merry Go 'Round Of Love)"
The Future
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: MCA
  • Last RIAA certification: Platinum
  • Singles: "Wanna Get With You", "Let's Chill", "Do Me Right", "Teddy's Jam 2", "Her", "D.O.G. Me Out" and "Let's Stay Together"
Guy III
  • Released: 25 January 2000
  • Label: MCA
  • Singles: "Dancin'" and "Why You Wanna Keep Me From My Baby"

Image File history File links Guy_-_Guy. ... Look up guy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold to retail and other ancillary markets. ... Image File history File links Guy_-_The_Future. ... The Future is one of the most popular Leonard Cohen albums, and has come to be recognized as his essential film-score album and was also the last Cohen album to be recorded are produced entirely in analog and then digitised after mixdown. ... This article is about the year. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold to retail and other ancillary markets. ... Image File history File links Guy_-_Guy_III.jpg‎ http://www. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

With Blackstreet

Album cover Album information
Blackstreet
  • Released 1 January 1994
  • Label: Interscope
  • Last RIAA certification: Platinum
  • Singles: "Booti Call / I Like The Way You Work", "Before I Let You Go", "U Blow My Mind", "Joy" and "Tonight's The Night
Another Level
Finally
Level II
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Dreamwork Records
  • Singles: "Wizzy Wow" and "Deep"

Image File history File links Blackstreet_-_Blackstreet. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold to retail and other ancillary markets. ... Image File history File links Blackstreet_-_Another_Level. ... Another Level were a British soul / R&B influenced quartet in the late 1990s. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold to retail and other ancillary markets. ... Image File history File links Blackstreet_-_Finally. ... Finally is a song by the musician Ce Ce Peniston. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold to retail and other ancillary markets. ... Image File history File links BLACKSTREET_-_Level_II.jpg‎ http://www. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Teddy Riley (new jack swing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (565 words)
Teddy Riley (born Edward Theodore Riley, October 8, 1967 in Harlem, New York) is an American RandB and hip hop singer, songwriter, musician and producer who was the ring leader of the most influential groups of RandB in two separate decades - Guy in the 80s and Blackstreet in the 90s.
Riley is mostly responsible for making a successful fusion of hip-hop and RandB in the late 1980s which was called New jack swing.
Riley got the idea of forming his own group after it was suggested to him that a younger singer named Aaron Hall was looking to join a group.
New Jack Swing (1136 words)
New Jack Swing emerged in the latter half of the decade, reaching a zenith around 1990, with the huge success of Bell Biv Devoe’s single Poison.
The term “swing” referred to the rhythm, which often employed a combination of straight 8ths, 16th-note shuffles, and 16th-note swing patterns (in Europe, the music was sometimes known as Swingbeat and this name survives in the Netherlands, which for some reason is a stronghold of New Jack Swing fandom).
New Jack Swing, the disco of the late eighties.
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