Sunday, April 12, 2009

Junior

Junior (born Norman Giscombe on June 6, 1957 in London, England) is a singer\songwriter who became one of the first British R&B singers to have a successful career in the United States.

Growing up, Junior listened to his older siblings' records and when he was a teenager, he sang in a local band until he decided to start a full-time music career after he finished college. In 1982, Junior released his debut album, "Ji" which peaked at #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #71 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #28 on the U.K. Albums chart.
His first single, "Mama Used To Say" became Junior's biggest U.S. hit to date, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Too Late" peaked #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #67 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #20 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single, "I Can't Help It\Let Me Know" peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart. Junior became the first black British singer on "Soul Train" and he won Billboard's "Best Newcomer Award."
In 1983, Junior released his sophomore album, "Inside Lookin' Out" which peaked at #177 on the Billboard 200 and #54 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Communication Breakdown" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #57 on the UK Singles chart. The follow-up from the album, "Baby I Want You Back" peaked at #72 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The third single, "Runnin" peaked at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart, but it didn't chart in the United States.
Junior was featured on the "All the Right Moves" movie soundtrack with the track "Unison" which managed to peak at #44 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1985, Junior released his third album, "Acquired Taste" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Somebody" peaked at #64 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #47 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single, "Do You Really (Want My Love)?" peaked at #47 on the U.K. Singles chart in February of 1985. The song was featured on the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie soundtrack.
The third single, "Oh Louise" peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The fourth single, "Come on Over" peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Not Tonight" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
During that same year, Junior sang a duet with Kim Wilde called "Another Step (Closer To You)" which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart
In 1988, Junior released his fourth album, "Sophisticated Street" which peaked at #56 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "Yes (If You Want Me)" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. After that, Junior left Polygram Records.
In 1990, Junior released his fifth album, "Stand Strong" on MCA Records which didn't make the charts.
The only single to chart was "Better Part of Me" which peaked at #51 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1992, Junior released his sixth album, "Renewal" on MCA Records which also failed to make the charts.
The only single to chart, "All Over the World" peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart, which stayed on the chart for only a week.
In 1995, Junior started his own record label, StepOff Music and released his seventh album, "Honesty." The album was released in Japan and the U.K. After that, Junior became a songwriter for artists such as Sheena Easton, Maxi Priest, Warren G, Cam'ron, and Ami Stewart. In 2006, Junior released his eighth album, "Oceans" which is available on CD Baby. Today, Junior still continues to perform in the U.K. He works as a D.J. with the Internet radio station, Solarradio.com.

To see Junior's official website, go to:
http://www.juniorgiscombe.co.uk/

To see Junior's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/juniorgiscombe

To see the music video for "Mama Used to Say," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwTTGnDcwoA

To see the music video for "Too Late," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rjeMrrQhU

To see a fan-made video for "Communication Breakdown," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S89yyf9S0i4

To see a fan-made video for "Baby I Want You Back," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX6-9vwvNBY

To see the music video for "Oh Louise," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y521aJN1jE8

To see the music video for "Yes (If You Want Me)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH6YG7RSae8

To see the music video for "Better Part of Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlAv-4nBS-0


[updated on 05\11\12]

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