This is a tribute to some of the unique and forgotten
music and artists of the past.
Some of this music and the artists
never received the chance they deserved,
some deserve to be
forgotten. None the less, enjoy my tribute to Retro
– girl groups in the 70’s were plentiful, especially R&B groups.
Many came and went and we never heard from them again. But there was
one group that stuck around for quite some time but never were
recognized and applauded for the talent they possessed. Faith, Hope
and Charity started out in Tampa, Florida as the Lovelles. But they
didn’t get a recording contract until record producer Van McCoy
found them and got them signed to Maxwell Records. They changed
their name and recorded some great memorable music.|
Wikipedia, they were known best as a disco band with their recording
of “To Each His Own”.
It never got any play here in Syracuse, not even in the discos as I
However the one that DID get significant play was their
first single which was produced by McCoy. "So Much Love" hit #14 on
the Billboard R&B chart and #51 on the Hot 100 in 1970. The
follow-up "Baby Don't Take Your Love" reached #36 R&B and #96 in
the Hot 100.
The group consisted of founding members Zulema
Cusseaux, Brenda Hilliard and Al Bailey. Shortly after their first
two releases on Maxwell, they switched labels to Sussex Records.
They made several appearances on music shows of the day including
Soul Train. But in 1971 Cusseaux left Faith, Hope and Charity and
started a solo career. She was eventually replaced by Diane Destry
in 1974. It was not too long afterward they decided to cash in on
the disco craze with their other mid-chart song "To Each His Own"
(1975; #1 R&B, #15 Dance, #50 Hot 100).
They recorded several
other minor successes in January 1976, with “Just One Look”,
reaching #38 on the UK Singles Chart from their album, Faith, Hope
& Charity. It was a cover version of the Doris Troy hit. At one
point Pricilla Baskerville was credited as being a member of the
group on some recordings in 1977. Then their single "Don't Pity Me"
reached #20 on the R&B chart in 1978.
In 1978 Destry left,
but Hilliard and Bailey recorded another album before splitting
But for my money, “So Much Love” was a classic. It was a
great, upbeat, fun song that seemed to fit nicely with all the down
tempo A/C songs that were being released at the beginning of the
decade. It peaked at number 12 on the WOLF Hot 30 on July 1 of 1970.
Here is "So Much Love", Mono single version and LP Stereo
So Much Love - Faith, Hope & Charity
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tribute to WOLF, The Syracuse
2014 Retrorarities Music