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Sunday, 27 April 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " DYNASTY " WAS AN AMERICAN R&B BAND, BASED IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, CREATED BY PRODUCER AND SOLAR RECORDS LABEL HEAD DICK GRIFFEY, RECORD PRODUCER GARY SILVERMAN AND LEON SYLVERS III : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
Dynasty was essentially the brainchild of Griffey and producer Sylvers, a former member of the Sylvers family group who had achieved much popularity in the early to mid-1970s. A principal architect of the SOLAR sound, Sylvers had become the in-house producer in 1978 for the label (whose name stood for "Sound Of Los Angeles Records') and it was in this capacity that he brought the members of Dynasty together. The group consisted of three young performers; vocalists Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere and keyboardist Kevin Spencer.
Beard and Carriere first became friends during the winter of 1972, when Carriere moved from New Orleans for college. Both were frequent visitors to 'Maverick's Flat', a popular soul/pop nightclub in Los Angeles. The owner of Maverick's Flat, John Daniels, was in the process of putting together a new group 'DeBlanc' and both young singers became members. For two years, they toured with the DeBlanc, throughout the major cities of Europe, Japan, Canada, and United States. When DeBlanc broke up in 1975, some of the original members (including Beard and Carriere) formed a new group called Starfire. For one successful year, Starfire performed essentially in the United States, with a few key dates in Finland and Iran. After the tour, the group decided to disband. Around this time Beard developed a strong relationship with Sylvers. She was, at that time, performing withCapitol recording artists, The Sylvers as a fill-in on live dates for the female Sylvers who were minors at the time. This new association proved beneficial to both Beard and Carriere, as Sylvers introduced each to Griffey. Spencer first met Sylvers when he appeared at the Sylvers' Palos Verdes home, unannounced, to audition as bass player for the Sylvers. It was that introduction coupled with Spencer's performance dates with the Sylvers that cemented what both Sylvers and Griffey needed for their new group. Work then began on Dynasty's first album.
The band's debut album Your Piece of the Rock, released in 1979, yielded the band's first R&B hit, "I Don't Want to Be a Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)". The track peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1979.
During the late 1970s to mid-1980s, recordings by SOLAR groups such as The Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, and Dynasty, would become hits, and although Dynasty was not as successful as The Whispers or Shalamar, they did enjoy a few chart entries.
Sylvers joined the group in 1981, but his presence did not elevate their success. That year they released their third album, The Second Adventure. Although it did produce two top forty R&B hits, "Here I Am" and "Love in the Fast Lane", the album was largely overlooked. Sylvers and Beard were briefly married during the early 1980s.
Three more albums followed, 1982's Right Back at Cha!, 1986's Daydreamin', 1988's Out of Control. Right Back at Cha! had two US singles released; "Check It Out" and "Strokin'". Only "Check It Out" saw chart action and the album reached in the middle of the Billboard 200. In the UK the label went for two other singles; "The Only One" and "Does That Ring A Bell", where the latter entered the UK Singles Chart peaking at #53. The band returned again in 1986 with the album Daydreamin' , but by this time Carriere was no longer part of the group and Nidra Beard was using her Sylvers surname. Their final studio release was 1988's Out of Control, but hit singles had dried up. Curiously, the Out of Control album had exactly the same cover as the preceding album (Daydreamin' ) and also included several of the same tracks. The singles "Don't Waste My Time" and "Tell Me (Do You Want My Love)?" were taken off the album. Even though new SOLAR producers, L.A. Reid and Babyface, were brought in to produce the album, the group could not revive their earlier glory and disbanded soon afterwards. Although the group had disbanded, they would later appear as backing vocalists on gospel artist and label-mate Juanita G. Hines' 1994 album Jesus, My Wonderful Friend.