Friday, June 13, 2008

Jenny Burton

Jenny Burton (born on November 18, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) was a female dance\R&B singer from the 80s.

Jenny was raised as a foster child and became interested in music while in high school. In 1970, she worked as a receptionist for the Bell Record Company.

After a recording session, the producer needed a singer & Jenny volunteered. Her first recording was a song entitled "Nobody Loves Me Like I Do" with singer Dooley Silverspoon. She was also featured on a single entitled "American Music (Made In The U.S.A.)" with Dooley as well & also worked as a background singer.
In 1983, Jenny teamed up with dance music group, C-Bank. Their single, "One More Shot" became a hit, peaking at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #87 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

After that, Jenny went solo and signed with Atlantic Records. She also married Broadway songwriter, Peter Link, who owned his own recording studio & publishing company.
During that same year, Jenny released her debut solo album, "In Black and White" which peaked at #181 on the Billboard 200 and #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Remember What You Like" peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Rock Steady" peaked at #88 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1984, Jenny was featured on the "Beat Street" movie soundtrack with the songs "It's Alright By Me" and "Strangers in a Strange World" with singer Patrick Jude, which peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1985, Jenny released her self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Bad Habits" topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in March of 1985.

The song also managed to peak at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100, # 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart and #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. It also managed to cross over in the United Kingdom, peaking at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart for 8 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album, "Dancing For My Love" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 1986, Jenny released her third album, "Souvenirs" which was produced by her husband, Peter Link. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The only single to chart was "Do You Want it Bad Enuff" which peaked at #68 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Jenny faded into obscurity, but she later moved into gospel & inspirational music.

She and her husband, Peter created the Jenny Burton Experience, which ran for 7 years to sold-out standing room only audiences at New York City's "Don't Tell Mama." They have opened for various artists as well.
These days, Jenny continues to perform gospel & inspirational music. Her latest CD is "Reaching Out From the Inside."

To see a fan-made video for "One More Shot," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sYpMknvEvE

To see a fan-made video for "Remember What You Like," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91eAPsP7Tr8

To see a fan-made video for "Rock Steady," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USqRTUjJc4k

To see the music video for "Bad Habits," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC2jd0CuiHs

To see the music video for "Strangers in a Strange World," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAcePeSN0s4

To see a fan-made video for "Dancing For My Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHUGrQWl-dA

To see a fan-made video for "Do You Want it Bad Enuff," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4VZJlLk9oQ


[updated on 04\08\2016]

1 comment:

Paul Blocklyn said...

I reviewed Jenny Burton's show "Burnin' Up" in the summer of 1980 when I was a drama critic for the Stamford [CT] Advocate. She appeared at the now defunct Stamford Theater. The review has not been digitally reproduced online, but I am going to try to find it on hard copy.