Monday, June 30, 2008

Cherrelle


Cherrelle (born Cheryl Week Norton on October 13, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B singer from the 80s and early 90s. Her cousin is R&B singer Pebbles.

When her family moved to Detroit, Michigan, Cherrelle met singer\bassist Michael Henderson. Michael was recording his 1977 album "In the Nighttime" at time and invited her to the studio. She would come to the recording studio at night when she finished her day job at a bank. Because of her constant tardiness, her boss would tell her, "Cher-relle, you're late!"

Cherrelle went on tour with Michael and the late Luther Vandross. She recorded a demo for Tabu Records which earned her a recording contract with the label. She worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the album.
In 1984, Cherrelle released her debut album, "Fragile" which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Her first single, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. The song was covered a year later by Robert Palmer and again in 2001 by Mariah Carey for her movie soundtrack, "Glitter."
The second single, "Fragile....Handle with Care" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. Cherrelle's debut album was certified Gold, selling over 400,000 copies in the United States. In 1985, she appeared on Alexander O'Neal's debut album on the track "Innocent."
In the same year, she released her second album, "High Priority" which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #17 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single from the album "You Look Good to Me" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single "Saturday Love" featuring Alexander O'Neal, became a hit, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 3 weeks, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song also peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart and #7 on the Irish Singles chart. It was certified Gold in the U.S.
The third single from the album "Artificial Heart" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album "Will You Satisfy" reached moderate success in the U.K., peaking at #57 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't chart in the US.
In 1988, Cherrelle paired up with Alexander O'Neal on his "Hearsay" album on the track, "Never Knew Love Like This" which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In the same year, she released her third album, "Affair" which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 chart and #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Everything I Miss at Home" featuring Alexander O'Neal, topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in December of 1988.
The second single, "Affair" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single released from the album, "What More Can I Do For You" peaked at #58 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1991, Cherrelle released her fourth album, "The Woman I Am" which peaked at #43 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album became Cherrelle's last release on Tabu Records.
The first single, "Never in My Life" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single, "Tears of Joy" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single "Still in Love With You" peaked at #86 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
After that, Cherrelle appeared on Pebbles and Alexander O'Neal's albums and in 1995, Tabu Records released "The Best of Cherrelle" greatest hits album.
In 1999, Cherrelle made a comeback with her fifth album, "The Right Time" which peaked at #55 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.

She reunited with Alexander O'Neal on the song, "Baby Come To Me" which had moderate success in the U.K., but not a lot in the U.S.
In 2005, her second greatest hits album was released, but it's unknown how or if made the charts. These days, Cherrelle continues to perform and is currently completing her newest album "50 and Fine" which has yet to be released.

To see the music video for "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BV1Ft4BQ1o

To see the music video for "You Look Good to Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx_KLkUcMgI

To see the music video for "Affair," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5mT2LOjoXs

To see the music video for "Everything I Miss At Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaXRDZQOGi4

To see the music video for "Artificial Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkSWCM5pjn8

To see the music video for "Never Knew Love Like This," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1_eaDugtFk

To see the music video for "Never In My Life," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thI6RA-qZo0

To see the music video for "Tears of Joy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZxvuCqXJ2I

To see a video of Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal performing "Saturday Love" on "Soul Train," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3oDPUDymwE

To see the music video for "Innocent," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2SvZ5RfCk


[Updated on 04\03\12]

2 comments:

Pirouette said...

Wow, this brings back so many memories. Thanks for posting.

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