Saturday, September 27, 2008

Guy

Guy is an R&B group from Harlem, New York that was successful in the New Jack Swing music scene of the late '80s/early '90s.

The original line-up consisted of singer/songwriters Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. Teddy and Timmy were childhood friends and collaborated together in a band called Kids At Work.

As a teenager, Teddy formed his first band, Wreckx-N-Effect with his brothers, Markell Riley and Brandon Mitchell. After that, he founded Guy in 1987 with Aaron and Timmy. Under the guidance of their manager, Gene Griffin, Guy signed to Andre Harrell's Uptown Records label.
In June of 1988, Guy released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Timmy left the group after the album recording was completed and was replaced by Aaron's younger brother, Damion for their tour with New Edition.
The first single from the album, "Groove Me" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The second single, "Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The third single, "Teddy's Jam" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The fourth single, "I Like" peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Spend the Night" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

During 1988, Teddy found himself in strong demand as a producer and songwriter. He produced Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel" album which helped new jack swing music crossover into the pop mainstream. Guy fired Gene Griffin, claiming that he allocated funds from them.
In 1989, Teddy Riley and Guy were featured on the Spike Lee film soundtrack, "Do The Right Thing" with the track "My Fantasy" which peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in September of 1989, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Teddy continued to produce and remix for other musicians and established himself as the driving force behind the New Jack Swing music scene. Sadly in 1990, Teddy's brother, Brandon was killed in a shooting.
During that same year, Guy released their sophomore album, "The Future" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

After firing their manager, it angered Aaron so much, he didn't sing on half of the album and Teddy sang lead vocals for roughly half of the album.

Things got out of hand during a tour with New Edition. Even though New Edition were headliners, Guy happened to upstage them a few times which caused a deadly rivalry that caused one of New Edition's production managers, Ronald Boyd to shoot & murder Anthony Bee, who was a member of Guy's security detail.

One of the songs from their album "Long Gone" was dedicated to Anthony and Teddy's brother, Brandon.
The first single from the album, "I Wanna Get With U" peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The second single, "Let's Chill" peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The third single, "Do Me Right" peaked at #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The fourth single, "D-O-G Me Out" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #8 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single, "Let's Stay Together" peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
Another single, "Her" peaked at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't make the charts in the United States.

By the time they released the last single from their second album, Guy split and pursued individual endeavors. Aaron and Damion each released solo albums while Teddy started another successful music group, Blackstreet.
In 1995, Guy was featured on the "New York Undercover" soundtrack with the song, "Tell Me What You Like" which managed to peak at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
In 1999, Guy reunited to release their first album in 9 years, "Guy III" which peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Dancin'" surprisingly became their highest chart appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #19 on the chart. The song also peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Why You Wanna Keep Me From My Baby" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. The album was poorly promoted and the group soon broke up. 

Since 2005, Guy has reformed periodically every now & then. Despite rumors of working on a new album, the trio has yet to release another one.

To see the music video for "Groove Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAu2bsV9CiQ

To see the music video for "Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA2DOESjTz0

To see a fan-made video for "Teddy's Jam," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmJM9vth8Ws

To see a fan-made video for "I Like," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfLSNltFUtk

To see the music video for "My Fantasy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR4b4V-lH1I

To see the music video for "I Wanna Get With U," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnH0HGhQgyU

To see the music video for "Let's Chill," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wj8Yxa309E

To see the music video for "Do Me Right," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdFceqWv2OI

To see the music video for "D-O-G Me Out," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOG-K7ASCvA

To see the music video for "Let's Stay Together," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpGj1rEGjyw

To see a fan-made video for "Tell Me What You Like," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwlJeOA5gZA

To see the music video for "Dancin'," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MibT9cPslUU

To see a fan-made video for "Why You Wanna Keep Me From My Baby," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCs31CGWv7k

To see the music video for "Her," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpoUIzb8y80


[updated on 03/10/13]

2 comments:

New Jack said...

I LOVE "lets chill" i have it on my psp and listen to it one-three times a day. Is 22 to young to love that kind of old school????haha

Kyleigh said...

Not at all, New Jack. I'm sure there are a lot of youngsters out there in this world who enjoy old school music. Rest assure that you are not the only one.