Company B

Company B

Company B was formed in 1986 by Cuban-American producer Ish “Angel” Ledesma (Foxy, Oxo), featuring members Lori L. (Ledesma), Lezlee Livrano and Susan Johnson. After the group’s self-titled debut album, Livrano and Johnson were replaced by Donna Huntley and Julie Marie.

History

Company B resulted from the music trend of producer-driven girl groups in the late 1980s and early 1990s, most successfully the group Exposé. Company B’s first album was released in 1987 on Atlantic Records. Its first single, “Fascinated,” received significant radio and club airplay and reached number one on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart and crossed over to pop radio, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Today, it is regarded as a dance-music classic. The trio was best known for this single, as well as its platinum wigs that were initially a part of the group’s image. Although subsequent releases “Full Circle,” “Perfect Lover,” and “Signed in Your Book of Love” also received club play, along with appearances on such programs as Showtime at the Apollo, the songs received little attention on American radio.

In 1989, Company B released its follow-up album, Gotta Dance, sporting a revamped image: gone were the platinum wigs. Also seemingly gone were the Latin-flavored rhythms of the previous album. Singles culled from the album included the house-influenced “You Stole My Heart,” “Gotta Dance,” and a cover of the Andrews Sisters song “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy” (the song that served as inspiration of the group’s name). Despite a music video for “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy,” the group did not attain the success of its debut effort. A third album recycled a few songs from the first album, including the track “Jam on Me,” which included additional lyrics.

The lead singer is currently a backup singer for KC and the Sunshine Band.

Discography

Albums

* Company B, 1986. U.S. #143[1]
* Gotta Dance, 1989
* 3, 1996
* Irresistible, 1998

Singles

* 1986: “Jam on Me”
* 1987: “Fascinated” (#1 U.S. Dance, #21 U.S. Hot 100, #23 Netherlands, #89 UK)
* 1987: “Full Circle” (#5 U.S. Dance)
* 1988: “Perfect Lover” (#12 U.S. Dance)
* 1988: “Signed in Your Book of Love” (#9 U.S. Dance)

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