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This was one dysfunctional guy - on record, at least.

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Devoted fans, however, should seek out Edsel's later, more exhaustive Complete Chi-Lites On Brunswick series, a total of four compact discs compiling every track from the Chi-Lites' eight LP's for Brunswick - plus bonus tracks! Moreover, the Chi-Lites came to epitomize the "sweet soul" sound so popular in the early 's. Shortly afterward, Brunswick became involved in serious financial problems, which prevented the label from promoting the group's record. The meandering lyrics only hint at the backstory "I got a guilty face" while the singer all but wallows in grief. The remaining trio, augmented by David Scott and Danny Johnson who was replaced by Vandy Hampton in , signed with Mercury, but none of their singles were hits. This was gorgeous, passionate, occasionally outrageous music - and it stands as a monument to the talents of Eugene Record. But, when Brunswick pulled the license on their tracks, Rhino's invaluable series bit the dust. Characterized by slow tempos and lush arrangements like doo wop of the 50's , sweet soul ballads usually featured a male falsetto voice rhapsodizing about the charms of a young lady not unlike a gender-reversed version of the girl groups of the early 60's. Collecting the Chi-Lites' music, however, can be a tricky proposition. The group replaced them both, but when no hits were forthcoming, they regrouped in , now recording for an indie called Chi-Sound, and still managed to have some chart success; Jones soon retired, however, and Record eventually became a born-again Christian, starting a new career in gospel. The better products tend to be issued in England, where groups like the Chi-Lites are held in the highest regard. Introduced by a forlorn, country-tinged harmonica and anchored by a simple, folksy arrangement, the song paints a picture of a man whose ego is on the brink of collapse - all from his love for a woman.

Over the next four years, the group continued to perform and release independent singles, with Record slowly emerging as the group's lead singer, songwriter, and producer.

Success By that time, lead singer Eugene Record had been in the business long enough to learn the ins and outs of both writing and production, and he set out to find the perfect hit single for his group.

True, in the beginning, the Chi-Lites manifested an overt fixation with the Temptations not that there's anything wrong with that I challenge any student of soul music - hell, anyone with a frickin' heart - to listen to the Chi-Lites and not go completely apeshit.

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Continue Reading. By the end of the year, Johnson left the group and the remaining quartet truncated their name to the Chi-Lites. The group's original label, Brunswick, still owns the rights to the Chi-Lites' masters, and their exploitation of that catalog has been capricious - sometimes marvelous, sometimes dreadful. True, in the beginning, the Chi-Lites manifested an overt fixation with the Temptations not that there's anything wrong with that I challenge any student of soul music - hell, anyone with a frickin' heart - to listen to the Chi-Lites and not go completely apeshit. Their more recent 20 Greatest Hits fares much better, compiling all but a handful of the Chi-Lites' 23 charted singles. Louis, MO; died August 25, , Glendale, CA : vocals bass History Early years Like any number of '70s soul groups, the Chi-Lites started out as a doo-wop group -- actually two, the Chanteurs, who recorded in a Drifters-style vein, and the Desideros, who had more of a New Orleans soul sound. Visit my other website, www. While the Chi-Lites represented the best of sweet soul, virtually none of their hits resorted to its saccharine boy-meets-girl conventions.

The group replaced them both, but when no hits were forthcoming, they regrouped innow recording for an indie called Chi-Sound, and still managed to have some chart success; Jones soon retired, however, and Record eventually became a born-again Christian, starting a new career in gospel.

Their more recent 20 Greatest Hits fares much better, compiling all but a handful of the Chi-Lites' 23 charted singles. Over the years, though, Brunswick has played volleyball with the Chi-Lites' masters, leasing them to record labels both good and evil; between the crappy bargain discs and some bogus re-recordings floating around, caveat emptor.

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Visit my other website, www. Frustrated, Record left the band to become a solo recording artist for Warner Bros. Moreover, the Chi-Lites came to epitomize the "sweet soul" sound so popular in the early 's.

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Continue Reading. Rather, this Windy City quartet were altogether unique. See All About The Chi-Lites One of the most popular smooth soul groups of the early '70s didn't hail from Philadelphia or Memphis, the two cities known for sweet, string-laden soul. Over the years, though, Brunswick has played volleyball with the Chi-Lites' masters, leasing them to record labels both good and evil; between the crappy bargain discs and some bogus re-recordings floating around, caveat emptor. The better products tend to be issued in England, where groups like the Chi-Lites are held in the highest regard. The group replaced them both, but when no hits were forthcoming, they regrouped in , now recording for an indie called Chi-Sound, and still managed to have some chart success; Jones soon retired, however, and Record eventually became a born-again Christian, starting a new career in gospel. Wisely, in Brunswick issued Greatest Hits themselves, simply slapping a new label on Rhino's package - same cover art, track listing, and everything.

The original lineup of the Chi-Lites re-formed inand the group began recording for Eugene Record's label, Chi-Sound.

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