Thursday, April 10, 2008

La La


La La (born LaForest Cope in Queens, New York) was a female R&B singer\songwriter who was one of the most successsful urban contemporary songwriters of the '80s. She has written songs for Kashif, Lillo Thomas, Melba Moore, Glenn Jones, George Pettis, Bernard Wright and Whitney Houston.

Raised in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, La La started playing the piano when she was 5 years old and gave a piano recital at Carnegie Hall when she was 9 years old.

After leaving New York's High School of Music and Art, she formed a band called Jack Sass, which played Top 40 cover versions on the club scene. As the band's reputation grew, La La began introducing more of her own songs into the repertoire before attending Julliard to major in composition.

In 1981, La La was invited to tour with Stacy Lattisaw, who opened up for the Jacksons on a national tour. Following this, she sang with R&B group, Change along with the late Luther Vandross where her voice was heard on their song "The Glow of Love" which was co-written by Wayne K. Garfield, (one of her childhood friends from East Elmhurst).

La La played one of her songs called "Stone Love" to another neighborhood friend, R&B singer, Kashif, who recorded it on his debut album in 1983.
In 1984, she released the single "Into the Night" which was featured on the "Beat Street Vol. 2" soundtrack.
With help from Kashif, La La signed to Arista Records and released her self-titled debut album in 1987 which peaked at #57 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "(If You) Love Me Just a Little" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The follow-up single "My Love is on the Money" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Two promo singles "We'll Keep Striving" (a duet with R&B singer, Bernard Wright) and "I Got a Thing for You" were released, but didn't chart. After this album, La La left Arista Records and moved onto Motown Records.
In 1991, La La released her second album "La La Means I Love You," but it failed to make much impact on the charts.
The only single released from the album was "Always" which didn't make the Billboard music charts at all. After that, she left the music scene and seemingly faded into obscurity. These days, La La works as an English professor at York College & has a son.

To see a fan-made video for "(If You) Love Me Just a Little," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kps-C0P-bi0

To see a video of La La performing "My Love is on the Money" on "Soul Train," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY0ujMJ_yYo

To see a fan-made video for "We'll Keep Striving," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxEJrzpfufE

To see a fan-made video for "Always," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvQon_0zD-U



[updated on 08\07\12]

5 comments:

Nasty G said...

Great blog! I used to love La La, and so many of the other artists featured. But then I guess you already know that, as you have linked my blog "The Isle Of Deserted Pop Stars". LOL Thanks for that. I've linked you as well. And feel free to direct people to my album links for the artists you already have posts on i.e. Ana, Teen Dream, Stacy Earl, Stacye & Kimiko, etc. and any others in the future. It's good you're directing them to buy the stuff, though (even though the money for the ones sold on eBay and Amazon only go to the person selling them and not the artist or record company, alas.) Keep up the good work! :)

Kyleigh said...

To Nasty G:

I'm glad you like my blog. You have been such a good inspiration to me. I hope you recommend my blog to other people.

Thanks for adding me as a link on your website.

EJ Flavors said...

imagine my surprise when i was on the lookout for If You Love Me Just A Little (and no one i know remembers that tune at all!!!) you're definitely an inspiration to us music fanatics.

i've definitely got you bookmarked and will be mentioning you on my site and on podcasts as well. keep doing your thing.

Kyleigh said...

To EJ Flavors:
Thanks for giving me one of the most positive comments I've ever received. I hope you keep mentioning me on your blog and telling other music lovers about this wonderful music blog!

Keep looking back!!

mo said...

wow, i feel kind of uneducated. i knew lala because of her son, and i just thought she wasa nice gal. i went to look her up on facebook and discovered her music, and as a child of the 80s, i totally dig it!