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Chi-Lites 2001- BRAND NEW CD & CHI-LITES TOUR SCHEDULE


Look for the BRAND NEW CD from Marshall Thompson and the Chilites called: "LOW KEY" and the hot new single that is sweeping the airwaves in Chicago (soon to be released nationwide) called "STILL IN MY HEAD"
Bookmark this page for updates right here ONLY on SOUL PATROL as Marshall Thompson himself will keep us abreast of the lthe CHILITES 2001! As they tour the USA and overseas to support their NEW CD



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Marshall Thompson

< br> CHI-LITES TOUR SCHEDULE: SPRING/SUMMER/FALL 2001
< br> APRIL 14,2001 CINCINATTI. OH
APRIL 21,2001 LONG ISLAND, NY
APRIL 2S12001 DORCHESTER,MA
MAY 12,2001 BALTIMORE, MI
MAY 18,2001 NEW YORK, NY
MAY 19,2001 CHICAGO, IL
MAY 26,ZOO1 HAMILTON, HMlO BERMUDA
MAY 28,2001 OAKLAND, CA
MAY 31,2001 PHOENIX, AZ
JUNZ 01,2001 SACRAMENTO, CA
JUNE 02,2001 LOS ANGELES, CA
JUNE: 03,2001 SAN DIEGO, CA
SEPT 21,2001 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
SEPT 22,2001 JACKSONVILLE, FL
SEPT 23,2001 ORLANDO, FL



CHI-LITES:
BANG.....(score one for OUR team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
< br> < br> CHI-LITES, by their sole owner Marshall Thompson, ELDORADOS, by their owners James Maddox and Pirkle Lee Moses, BETTY EVERETT, JAY HAWKINS, LOUIS JORDAN, by Martha Jordan, his sole heir and executrix of his estate, the SPAINELS, by Pookie Wilson and their president Eddie Stowe, representative of the estate of BIG JOE TURNER and Wills Ward, the sole heir of CLARA WARD< br> < br> Plaintiffs,< br> V< br> SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP, LTD< br> Defendant< br> < br> ORDER< br> < br> This Matter Coming to be heard based on the motion of the Plaintiffs for default judgment against Defendant, San Juan Music Group, LTD on behalf of the following Plaintiffs in the following respective amounts:< br> < br> Chi Lites - $900,000.00< br> Eldorados - $1,000,000.00< br> Betty Everett - $100,000.00< br> Jay Hawkins - $500,000.00< br> Louis Jordan - $100,000.00< br> Leadbelly - $1,900,000.00< br> Joe Turner - $700,000< br> < br>

1. First of all I would like to thank Marshall Thompson leader of the CHI-LITES, for sharing his good news the Chi-Lites $900,000 court victory over the San Juan Music Group, LTD, for their failure to pay royalties on a CHI-LITES compilation they had issued. I spoke with him on the phone tonight and not only is he ecstatic about this, but he says there is more to come. For those of you who don't know, Marshall is among the very first people to subscribe to Soul Patrol and he has spread the word about it and what it's all about

2. There are 38 "Chi-Lites compilation albums" currently on the market.
Marshall says that there are FIFTEEN different lawsuits with respect to these "compilation albums". Think about it in human terms. This means that there are 15 albums of Chi-Lites material out there that we as music fans have every reason to think are "legit" and that the artist is being fairly compensated for, when in reality, those 15 compilations are nothing more than BOOTLEGS (in my opinion), which shouldn't be purchased by ANYONE.

3. With that much material available, Marshall shouldn't have to work at all (unless he wants to). However the fact that he has to says much about the continuing saga of the ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION of these artists. Imagine if YOU didn't get paid for what amounts to YOUR "life's work", how would that make you feel?

4. Sometimes people ask me about Soul Patrol's policy with respect to bootlegging/trading of music and wonder why I take such a hard line against it. This is the reason why. And I WILL NOT allow music fans to engage in activity here that takes money out of the hands of the artists. Haven't they been ripped off enough?

5. This site is 100% on the side of the artists. Some people critcize us for that, saying that we should be on the side of the "music collectors". Personally, I am NOT a "music collector", and I could care less about serving their needs. Let them go to ebay or some other site to deal their music.. To me this music represents a significant part of the BLACK HISTORY that I have lived.

It's NOT FOR SALE, TRADE or BARTER

What I am mostly concerned about is passing on that legacy by making sure that it is documented, and documented by the people who have actually lived the experience, and not by CULTURE BANDITS

I congratulate all of the artists that were a part of this lawsuit and I hope that they and other artists continue to SUE THE BASTARDS that are STEALING THE LEGACY OF OUR CHILDREN


NP: "Give More Power To The People" - Chi-Lites

-- Bob Davis


Subject: CHI-LITES


One of the great vocal groups of the early '70s, the Chi-Lites date back to the doo-wop era of the 1950s. They came out of two separate groups, the Desideros and the Chaunteurs. The new group called themselves the Hi-Lites and comprised Eugene Record, Robert Lester, Marshall Thompson, Creadel Jones, and Clarence Johnson. The Hi-Lites did one single for James Shelton's Daran label, then Johnson left the group. Their next song, "I'm So Jealous," was picked up for national distribution by Mercury on its Blue Rock subsidiary. While on that label, the group changed their name to the Chi-Lites. Two more releases followed on Blue Rock in 1965, and both flopped. By 1966, the Chi-Lites were back with Shelton and came out with "Pretty Girl," a ballad that did very well locally. Then they met producer Carl Davis, who had started a company at Roosevelt and Wabash. Davis saw that Eugene Record was writing good songs and signed the Chi-Lites to his Dakar label. Their 1967 debut release for the label, "Price of Love," truly ignited the group's career.
In late 1968, the Chi-Lites signed with Brunswick and had their first national R&B hit, "Give It Away," early the next year. The follow-up, "Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was," also fared well with Black America. While pop chart success was still a couple of years off, the basic ingredients of the Chi-Lites were there--Eugene Record's excellent melodies and lyrics, and the group's tightly-sung neo-doo-wop harmonies.
The group began the '70s with the album I Like Your Lovin', on which they were dead ringers for the "Psychedelic Shack"-era Temptations. The LP produced two hit R&B singles, the title track and "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)," but was not among the Chi-Lites' best material. Nineteen-Seventy-One proved the Chi-Lites' breakthrough year. They kicked it off with the album Give More Power To The People, whose title track became their first top forty pop hit. At the year's end, the Chi-Lites hit #3 pop and #1 R&B with the gorgeous ballad, "Have You Seen Her." In 1972, they hit #1 on both charts with "Oh Girl."

And the hits kept coming. The albums A Lonely Man (1972), A Letter To Myself (1973), and Toby (1974) all sold well and produced numerous hit singles, although primarily on the R&B charts. In 1975 the Chi-Lites released Half of Love, which produced only one hit single, the double-sided "It's Time For Love"/"Here I Am," and that peaked only at #27 R&B.








Subject: MORE CHI-LITES...



Hey yall........these guys were pretty big in my neighborhood back in the day! Anyone up in here remember this group?
Did you ever GRIND to one of their songs or just sing along , with them on the radio? (or perhaps in the shower when you thought nobody could hear you? ...Talk to me about what cha know about the Chi-lites?

  • I have sung "Oh Girl" (when he was alone)


  • "Tell Me Have You Seen Her"...........singing it as i read your post


  • Why oh why did you leave me and go awayyyyyy..... Oh yeaaah...Ohohohoo!!!
    And also....For God's sake we got to give more power to the people!!!
    Don't forget
    Also...The Loneliest day in my life
    "them brothas could sang"----my cousin


  • One memory I have of the Chi-Lites is that it seems like they appeared on Soul Train just about every week....lol


  • Hell yeah, they could sing!
    Both fast songs and slow songs.
    I always thought they were comparable to the Temptations, perhaps if they had been on Motown, they might have become bigger stars?


  • Like many artists, the Chi Lites got into trouble when they left their longtime record label (in this case Brunswick) for "greener" pastures. When the Chi Lites left Brunswick for Mercury in 1976, a career that was already slowing down came to a complete stop (the only four singles that did chart R&B hit #95, #95, #63 and #87), It was so bad that they disbanded, then came back together with the all four original members in 1980.
    As they continued to jump between labels in the early 80s (Chi-Sound, Larc, Private I, etc) they would periodically release a song that recaptured the early 70's magic - I particularly liked "Hot On a Thing" and "Bottom's Up" - but the for the most part that magic was gone.
    Red Jones left in 1983, and they continued without a bass as a trio. But they never had another chart single after 1984. Once Eugene Record left for good in 1990, it was really over.
    Nevertheless, in their heyday the Chi Lites were one of the greatest and most successful R&B groups ever.


  • It does seem like they were on every week.................SOOOOUUUUULLLLL TTTRRRAAIINNN.....I loved it back then in the day LOL

  • I understand they have a new CD out, although I haven't heard anything from it on the radio. btw....I did see them perform live last summer in NYC and they were in fine form as they had females in the audience "swooning"!


  • As I recall, the Chi-lites wore some pretty wild outfits when they used to appear on Soul Train.
    "they don't make em like they used to....lol"


    Bob, maybe if the Chi-lites were in Motown, they would have had better choreography and and more up-to-date attire LOL


  • CHI-LITES CD (RHINO)

    1. OH GIRL
    2. GIVE IT AWAY
    3. WE ARE NEIGHBORS
    4. LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS
    5. HAVE YOU SEEN HER
    6. 24 HOURS OF SADNESS
    7. (FOR GOD's SAKE)GIVE MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE
    8. THE COLDEST DAY OF MY LIFE
    9. WHAT DO I WISH FOR
    10. I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME)
    11. STONED OUT OF MY MIND
    12. LETTER TO MYSELF
    13. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY PEACE (UNTIL GOD IS SEATED AT
    THE CONFERENCE TABLE
    14. I FOUND SUNSHINE
    15. TOBY
    16. HOMELY GIRL
    17. WE NEED ORDER
    18. ARE YOU MY WOMAN(TELL ME SO)


  • Great List of Great Songs that were a part of my chilhood I've sang "Letter to Myself" many times...and what could be sadder then "Toby"..A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see them in Atlantic City...guess what...They can still siiiiing. Hey you think any of these songs were personal experiences?

  • One song they did that I like was THERE WIll NEVER BE ANY PEACE until God is seated at the conference table. I like it because the title has it own true meaning. There will never be any peace. The way this world is going now until the give God the seat at the head of the table this world and our lives will remain in great turmoil.


  • While on the surface the Chi-lites were kinda "cheesy' with those HUGE 'fro's and EXTREME "eleganza look", some of theier songs carried along with them a pretty serious message!
    Another song I'd throw into that mix was "For God's Sake We Got To Give More Power To The People"
  • Good song, with a catchy beat and a "Black Pantherish" kinda message. I liked it! Anybody else remember that song?


  • When I think about back in the day......ahhhhhh yes, the Chi-Lites. There music is very much a part of my thoughts when I go back to the time when I graduated high school. The music of the Chi-Lites used to give my basement parties the tone needed to satisfy the raging hormones of my friends amd I.

  • "A Letter to Myself," helped me to get through the heartbreak of my lost love. Such lyrics as "I put on my coat, leave you a note and go to the places where we used top meet....I pretend you are there, order dinner for two"....... (you know the rest). I recently saw them in concert, here in Baltimore....along with the fact that they still have the same sound.....this was just after Marshall Thompson lost his wife. The show was dedicated to her and they proceeded to take us down memory lane with all their old hits.

  • What I would like to see is a category added to all the Music Awards....one entitled "Old School Music"....surely the Chi-Lites would be included along with all the groups of the early 60's and 70's who are still together and performing all over the country. Yes, good things never die or fade out!!!


    Remember the song well. Youare so right it has a kinda Black Pantherish ring to it. Sounds like something they would have jammed to back in the day. It's what they were fighting for or said they were fighting for.

  • I remember the song "There Won't be Peace Till God Is Seated At The Confrence Room Table".
    Isn't the title a refrence to the so called "Paris Peace Talks", going on at that time?
    Weren't those so called talks a part of "Nixon's Secret Plan To End The War"?


  • Nice album.......thanks for putting it up here for us.....here's a song you might remember?

    "HAVE YOU SEEN HER" - THE CHI-LITES

    One month ago today
    I was happy as a lark
    But now I go for walks
    To the movies - maybe to the park

    And have a seat on the same old bench
    To watch the children play (huh)
    You know, tomorrow is their future
    But to me, just another day

    They all gather around me
    They seem to know my name
    We laugh, tell a few jokes
    But it still doesn't ease my pain

    I know I can't hide from a memory
    'Though day after day I've tried
    I keep sayin' she'll be back
    But today again I lied

    Oh, I see her face everywhere I go
    On the street, and even at the picture show
    Have you seen her?
    Tell me, have you seen her?

    Oh, I hear her voice as the cold winds blow
    In the sweet music on my radio
    Have you seen her?
    Tell me, have you seen her?

    Why, oh, why
    Did she have to leave and go away [2: oh, yeah]
    Oh-oh-oh, I've been used to havin' someone to lean on
    And I'm lost
    Baby, I'm lost (Oh)

    Oh, she left her kiss upon my lips
    But left that break within my heart
    Have you seen her?
    Tell me, have you seen her?

    Oh, I see her hand reaching out to me
    Only she can set me free
    Have you seen her?
    Tell me, have you seen her?

    As another day comes to an end
    I'm lookin' for a letter or somethin'
    Anything that she would send
    With all the people I know
    I'm still a lonely man
    You know, it's funny
    I thought I had her in the palm of my hand
    Have you seen her
    Tell me, have you seen her (tell me, have you seen her?)
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  • (if u see her please let me know?)


  • I can remember very dark basements and very warm bodies and "Oh Girl" playing on the turntable


  • Now tell us, did someone have YOU "up against the wall" during a Chi-Lite's record? "Ivy Leauge Grind......"






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