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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRICAN AMERICAN " ANGELA BOFILL " IS AN AMERICAN R AND B AND JAZZ SINGER AND SONG WRITER - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Angela Bofill
Angela Bofill
Birth name
Angela Tomasa Bofill
Born
May 3, 1954 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Origin
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres
R&B, dance, jazz
Occupation(s)
Singer, songwriter
Years active
1978–2004
Labels
Arista Records (1978–1988)
Capitol Records (1988)
Jive Records (1993)
Shanachie Records (1996-2006)
Website
Angela Bofill official website
Angela Tomasa Bofill (born May 3, 1954) is an American R&B and jazz singer and songwriter.
Contents
  
1Early life and success
2Later career
3Health issues and recent years
4Discography
4.1Studio albums
4.2Live albums
4.3Compilation albums
4.4Singles
5Awards
6Television
Early life and success
Angela Bofill was born to a Cuban father and an Afro Puerto Rican mother.[1] Growing up, listening to latin music, she was also inspired by the African-American performers in those days. During her childhood, her weekends were taken up studying classical music and singing in a city chorus. It was as a teenager that her professional singing began. [2]She performed with Ricardo Marrero & the Group and Dance Theater of Harlem chorus prior to being introduced to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen (of the jazz label GRP Records) by her friend, the jazz flautist Dave Valentin.[3] Grusin and Rosen signed Bofill and produced her first album, Angie, in 1978. Angie was well received both critically and commercially and included the chart single "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" (co-written by Gwen Guthrie), as well as Bofill's sprawling jazz composition, "Under the Moon and Over the Sky". Less than a year later, a second album, Angel of the Night was released and outperformed its predecessor. The album included the chart singles "What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)" and the up tempo title track, as well as the self-written song "I Try" (covered by Will Downing in 1991). The reception of these albums positioned Bofill as one of the first Latina singers to find success in the R&B and jazz markets.
Following the release of Angel of the Night, the head of Arista, Clive Davis, (whose label had a distribution deal with GRP at the time) showed interest in Bofill, and she switched labels for the release of her next album, Something About You in 1981. The album, produced by Narada Michael Walden, was an attempt to move Bofill into more mainstream R&B and pop material, but performed less well than her earlier releases, despite the relative success of the singles "Holdin' Out for Love" and the title track, which both reached the R&B Top 40.[4] The following year, she and Walden reunited for Too Tough, this time achieving a major hit with the title track, which reached #5 on the R&B chart and spent four weeks at #2 on the Dance chart, as well as a Top 20 follow-up single "Tonight I Give In".[5] Several months later, Bofill released her final collaboration with Walden, Teaser. The album failed to match the success of Too Tough but did produce one Top 20 R&B hit, "I'm On Your Side", which has since been covered by several artists, most notablyJennifer Holliday, who had a Top 10 hit with it in 1991.[6]
Later career
She recorded two more modestly successful albums for Arista with the help of The System and George Duke, before leaving the label in the mid-1980s. Following the birth of her daughter, Bofill moved to Capitol Records and the producer Norman Connors for Intuition in 1988.[citation needed]
It was her last notable chart success, with Bofill's cover version of Gino Vannelli's "I Just Wanna Stop" reaching #11 on the R&B chart. She recorded three more albums over the next eight years of varying quality but limited commercial success, and provided backing vocals on a number of other albums for artists including Diana Ross, Kirk Whalum and for Connors' own Eternity in 2000. She continued to perform live (with a sizable audience internationally, particularly in Asia) and appeared in a number of stage plays during this time, including God Don’t Like Ugly and What A Man Wants, What A Man Needs. She also regularly toured the US and Europe in multi-artist jazz shows.[4]
Health issues and recent years
Angela Bofill suffered a stroke on January 10, 2006 and was subsequently paralyzed on her left side. Bofill convalesced at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. She was released from intensive care on January 15 and required speech and physical therapy. Because Bofill did not have health insurance, a benefit concert was organized to pay her hospital bills. The show, planned by manager Rich Engel along with the New York radio stations Kiss FM and CD 101.9, was held on March 11, 2006, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Similar events followed, and other aid was sought from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her album Live in Manila (recorded in 2004) was released during this time. Unfortunately, Bofill suffered another massive stroke in July 2007, which required a long period of therapy and left both her speech and mobility impaired.[citation needed]
Although she lost her ability to sing after her second stroke, in recent years Bofill did return to the stage (at the suggestion of manager Engel) in "The Angela Bofill Experience." The show consists of Bofill recounting her life and career, joined by Maysa Leak, Phil Perry and Melba Moore, performing Bofill's biggest hits and signature songs. In 2012, Bofill was profiled and interviewed for the TVOne documentary series, Unsung.[7][4]
Discography
Studio albums
YearAlbumChart positions[8]Record label
USUS
R&BUS
Jazz
1978
Angie
47
20
5
GRP/Arista
1979
Angel of the Night
34
10
2
1981
Something About You
61
13
4
Arista
1983
Too Tough
40
6

Teaser
81
20
21
1984
Let Me Be the One

39

1985
Tell Me Tomorrow

53

1988
Intuition

38

Capitol
1993
I Wanna Love Somebody

51

Jive
1996
Love in Slow Motion



Shanachie
"—" denotes the album failed to chart
Live albums
YearAlbumChart positionsRecord label
USUS
R&B
2006
Live from Manila


Black Angel
"—" denotes the album failed to chart
Compilation albums
YearAlbumChart positionsRecord label
USUS
R&B
1986
The Best of Angela Bofill


Arista
1999
The Definitive Collection


2003
Platinum & Gold Collection


2004
The Best of Angela Bofill


BMG
2014
The Essential Angela Bofill


RCA, Sony Legacy
"—" denotes the album failed to chart
Singles
YearSingleChart positions[8]Album
USUS
R&BUS
A/CUS
Dance
1979
"This Time I'll Be Sweeter"
104
23
39

Angie
"What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)"

18


Angel of the Night
1980
"Angel of the Night"

67


1981
"Something About You"

21


Something About You
1982
"Holdin' Out for Love"

26


"Break It to Me Gently"




1983
"Too Tough"

5

2
Too Tough
"Tonight I Give In"

12


"I'm on Your Side"

20


Teaser
1984
"Special Delivery"

65

34
"Can't Slow Down"

59

15
Let Me Be the One
1985
"Let Me Be the One"

84


"Who Knows You Better"




"Tell Me Tomorrow"

72


Tell Me Tomorrow
1986
"I Don't Wanna Come Down (From Love)"




"Still in Love"




1988
"I Just Wanna Stop"

11


Intuition
1989
"Love Is in Your Eyes"




1992
"Love Was Never" (with Marion Meadows & Gene Rice)

70


Keep It Right There
1993
"I Wanna Love Somebody"




I Wanna Love Somebody
"Heavenly Love"




"—" denotes the single failed to chart
Awards
American Music Awards: 1984 - Best R&B/Soul Female Artist (nominated)
Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies): 1984 Outstanding Black Contemporary Artist/Group
Television
Soul Train Saturday May 28, 1983[9]
The Pat Sajak Show January 26, 1989[10]