Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"I've Just Begun to Love You" by Dynasty

Song#:  0328
Date:  09/13/1980
Debut:  99
Peak:  87
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B, Funk

I've Just Begun To Love You by Dynasty on Grooveshark

I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I by 12 Dynasty on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  This R&B/funk outfit came together via Leon Sylvers III (formerly of the family group The Sylvers - "Boogie Fever"/"Hot Line") He had become the in-house producer for SOLAR records and along with label head Dick Griffey they created Dynasty, which featured Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere, and Kevin Spencer. Their first album produced the R&B chart hit "I Don't Want to Be a Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)." This single was from their second LP and it became their biggest hit reaching #6 on the R&B chart. They would go on to record several more albums through the 80s and have a few minor R&B chart entries, but by 1988 the group was done and they disbanded. This would be their lone pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  Although I like this song, I went back to listen to their first R&B hit - and loved it! I added it above. This song needs to be revived! Now that is a funky jam - and my new theme song. But "I've Just Begun" is a solid groove and a worthy tune. It is just not as fun and funky as "Freak." I need to check out more of this Dynasty.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Formed by Griffey after a re-org of Soul Train Records, SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles Records) had a great run of hits with acts like Shalamar, The Whispers, Dynasty, Lakeside, and Midnight Star. Another group on the label was The Deele, which was the launching pad for members Babyface and L.A. Reid. After a major decline in the late 80s/early 90s, the label closed its doors in 1995.

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