For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Slow Jam Saturday: Tony Terry, Everlasting Love
Washington D.C.-based vocalist Tony Terry hit the music scene in 1987 with his debut album Forever Yours, which was accompanied by the charting singles “Forever Yours,” “Lovey Dovey,” and “She’s Fly.” Three years later, Terry would cement his place in R&B with the release of his self-titled second album and its hit single “With You.” While “With You” is Tony’s signature song and an accessible choice for Slow Jam Saturday, I wanted to highlight another one of Tony’s slow cuts.
“Everlasting Love” is the closing track on Tony’s second album and final single. Similar to “With You,” the song charted at #6. Tony wrote the song with Bobby Reese, and the lyrics speak to the power of unconditional love. Over the course of the song, Tony can express his appreciation for having someone special in his life who brings joy and happiness.
It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are. Tony is thankful for the miracles that come with unconditional love, the wishes that come true, and the kindness and support that always lift him up. He sings of the eternal nature of fulfilling love, one that will never fade away. This message reminds you that you will find peace and joy if you seek it. A year later, Tony would link up with an up & coming R&B group named Jodeci for a fire remix.
While Tony Terry’s signature song is “With You,” “Everlasting Love” is equally elegant and beautiful.
Final Grade: B+
“Everlasting Love” from Tony Terry is available on all streaming platforms.
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.