Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ollie and Jerry

Ollie (born Ollie E. Brown in Detroit, Michigan) and Jerry (born Jerry Knight on April 14, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) were an dance/R&B duo from the mid-80s.

In the 70s, Ollie had performed on albums by artists such as Joe Cocker, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Van Morrison, Leo Sayer, Sly and the Family Stone and the Rolling Stones where he was a part of their touring band in the mid-'70s.

Ollie was also an early member of Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove band. During the late 70s, he performed on Raydio's self-titled debut album which led to a partnership with bassist Jerry Knight who was also a session musician and released three solo albums in the early '80s.

Together, they signed to Polydor Records in 1984 and once they were signed to the label, the executive of Polydor Records Russ Regan asked Ollie and Jerry to contribute songs to the soundtrack for the film "Breakin'" which was released in May of that same year.

While watching scenes from "Breakin'" during a pre-release screening, a line uttered by one of the film's characters, "They can't stop us" caught Ollie's attention which became a part of the duo's song, "Breakin'....There's No Stoppin' Us."
In June of 1984, Ollie and Jerry released "Breakin'....There's No Stopping Us" which became a hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in August of 1984, #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks and #5 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The movie soundtrack to "Breakin'" was successful, peaking at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. Ollie and Jerry promoted their hit song and even performed it on "Soul Train."
In 1985, Ollie and Jerry released the single "Electric Boogaloo" for the  "Breakin'" movie sequel, "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo."

The song peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #45 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks and #57 on the U.K. Singles chart. After the release of "Electric Boogaloo," Ollie and Jerry went their separate ways in mid-1985.

Ollie continued to produce and perform on various albums and currently works in the real estate industry.

Jerry continued to write & produce music. According to Discogs.com, he passed away in 1997, but the circumstances of his death are unknown.

To see the music video for "Breakin'...There's No Stoppin' Us," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv8gUkzbA9U

To see the music video for "Electric Boogaloo," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLr_Gpfv06g


[updated on 06/02/13]

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