Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Monday, January 07, 2008

    Whenever I see the “one hit wonder” specials I’m always shocked how R&B girl groups are left out of the mix. Sure, most of these songs had their biggest hits in the hood, but they were still staples for the time. Check out some of the greatest one hit wonders by R&B girl groups…you may need to go into the mental rolodex to remember these chicks!

    “Why Can’t You Come Home” by Ex-Girlfriend


    A creation of bad-hair, ‘80’s group, Full Force, this Brooklyn-based quartet would garner only one hit in 1986 with “Why Can’t You Come Home”, which charted at #5 on the R&B charts and #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who could resist the line, “You might catch a frying pan straight to the dome!” Extremely minor hits would follow, but after their two albums in 1986 and 1991 failed to keep the group afloat, the group ended…click here for video (you have to catch that note at the very end!).

    “Comin’ On Strong” by Sudden Change

    Now if you remember this 1994 group you are a true music guru. This song was strictly a hit in the hood, never even charted on Billboard, but received heavy airplay on BET Vibrations. The group only released one album and exited as quietly as they came. I think it had something to do with their ridiculous name…click here for the video.

    “Your Sweetness” by The Good Girls


    The Good Girls is a prime example of a girl group who might have had more success if they would’ve came out five years later. Their 1989 song “Your Sweetness” charted on Billboard’s R&B charts at #6. Even though the group toured with New Kids on the Block and had small hits thereafter, they disbanded after poor record sales with their 1992 album Just Call Meclick here for video.

    "90's Girl" by Blackgirl

    This anthem song from the Atlanta-based group and insanely beautiful, Blackgirl, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of 1994's biggest R&B singles. Their album Treat U Right went gold, they received Billboard and Soul Train nominations, but their second album was never released…click here for video.

    “Chocolate” by Y?N-Vee


    Los Angeles-based and rarely clothed, Y?N-Vee, was released on Island Def Jam. The four girl group marketed a sexy image with a name that gave them more attention than their music. Their remake of “I’m Going Down” came out the same time as Mary J.’s and would bomb. It was 1994’s “Chocolate” that peaked at #39 on the R&B charts, but the group only made one album…click here for video.

    “He’s Mine” by MoKenStef
    Who doesn’t remember this camp meets R&B ballad, which delivered the lyrics, “Feelin' disgust, workin’ yo’ stuff” or “He's mine, you may of had him once, but I got him all the time.” I remember many girls (and queens!) saying that to their latest date. The song peaked at a surprising #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995, but no other albums followed the clunker Azz Izz...click here for video.

    “I Like” by Kut Klose

    A creation of Keith Sweat, Atlanta-based Kut Klose would garner their biggest solo hit with the song “I Like”, which charted at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#8 on R&B) in 1995. While the group had minor hood hits, they only released one album. The lead singer released one solo album, but soon Kut Klose disappeared from the music industry…click here for video.

    “All Cried Out” by Allure

    Their remake of the Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam classic charted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997. While they had hood hits that featured LL Cool J and Nas, the group never achieved much success after “All Cried Out”. At one time signed to Mariah Carey’s vanishing act of a record label, Crave, the group struggled through various labels, member changes and eventually released their third and last album in 2004…click here for video.

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