Saturday, December 12, 2009

Carol Lynne Townes

Carol Lynn Townes (born in Warrenton, North Carolina) is an R&B/dance singer from the 80s. She comes from a family of gospel singers and began singing gospel when she was only three years old.

In the early 70s, she moved to New York and joined a male soul music group called Fifth Avenue. The group released an album on RCA Records in 1976, but it wasn't until the 80s that Carol began to achieve commercial success. She signed to Polydor Records in 1982.
In 1984, Carol released a cover version of Alton McClain & Destiny's song "99 ½" which peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #22 on Billboard's Black Singles chart and #47 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1985, she released her debut solo album "Satisfaction Guaranteed" which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
Carol's second single "I Freak For You" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
During that same year, she released the single "Believe in the Beat" which was featured on the "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" soundtrack.

The song peaked at #109 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #65 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks, and #56 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1988, Carol released her sophomore album "Try Me Out." The album and the singles failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

In 1989, she released the single, "What I Wouldn't Do" on Easy Street Records. It's unknown how or if the single was successful.
In 1993, she released a dance cover version of the Grass Roots' song, "Midnight Confessions" on Life Line Records.

After that, it seemed as if Carol has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see the music video for "Believe the Beat," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMIldmPI9Wk

To see a fan-made video for "99 1\2," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty-DOMYTKvc

To see a fan-made video for "I Freak For You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crMLmM4EvSA

To see a fan-made video for "What I Wouldn't Do," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=440z35YNyII



[updated on 06/02/13]

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