|By supreme (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 07:50 pm:|
Does anyone out there remember a girl group called Three Ounces of Love? I vaguely remember them. Were they on Motown? Whatever happened to them?
|By thecount (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 08:16 pm:|
Do you mean,"THREE TONS OF JOY"?
They each weighed 500 pounds,they could sure sing.
They had a record called,"MA HE'S MAKING EYE'S AT ME"
I'll find the picture and have my kook(wife) scan it for me.
|By Scratcher (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 09:39 pm:|
Supreme, Three Ounces of Love had two singles and one album released on Motown in 1978. The first single "Star Love" received some airplay but the second "Give Me Some Feeling" stiffed and the female trio was never heard from again. I use to know their names but can't remember them now.
|By Dick Gamble (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 10:10 pm:|
Hey Count,didn't 2 of the girls appear in a Ford Truck promotional Ad.???
|By thecount (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 11:01 pm:|
HEY DICK,yea,they were the trucks.
Huge pick up bed's.
|By STUBASS (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 11:17 pm:|
HEY COUNT: YOU'RE COLDER THAN AN ARCTIC BLAST!!!...STU
|By Edgar (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 11:20 pm:|
They also recorded for Ian Levine. At least, they sing "Where Did Our Love Go" in the compilation CD "Shake Me, Wake Me: A Tribute To Holland-Dozier-Holland". It also has a photo of them looking very sexy, but I don't know if those are the original Ounces. This was ten years ago.
|By Rich (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 08:00 am:|
Detroit's Alexander sisters (Ann, Elaine & Regina). Weren't they gonna be the Commodores "Three Degrees" around 1978. They (along with Platinum Hook) were managed by Benny Benjamin's Commodore management, at least while they were with Motown. Their album is pretty good but not overly memorable. "Today Will Soon Be Yesterday" is another one that comes to mind. I believe the project was produced by Brian Holland.
|By Jim G (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 08:23 am:|
The "Three Tons of Joy" recorded with Johnny Otis' big band in the late 1950s.
|By Scratcher (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:00 am:|
Yep Ritchie, that's their names. Three Ounces of Love had a local disco hit before Motown on IX Chains Records' entitled "Disco Man" in 1976. Prior to that they recorded for Pameline Records.
Edgar: I forgot about the Ian Levine tracks that came later: "Where Did Our Love Go," "Electricity," "Evil One," "Losing Track of Time," "Honey From a Bee" and "Newsy Neighbors."
|By girlgroupfan (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 09:57 am:|
Does anyone remember The Jewels? I think they were originally called The Four Jewels. They had some hits in the 60's, and re-recorded their hits in the 80's. Does anyone know if there is a cd out there of their music?
|By Scratcher (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 10:10 am:|
The Jewels are still active (all original members) in fact they never retired. They're from Washington, D.C. There are only three members now. Martha High left them early when they toured with James Brown to stay with Brown, she now sings with Maceo Parker. The groups' biggest hit was "Opportunity." The late Billy Stewart is a relative of one of Jewels.
|By John Lester (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 10:35 am:|
And as everybody who has been in a pub soul quiz knows, the Jewels includes Grace RUFFIN.
No, I am not being caught out again with that one!!! LOL
|By thecount (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 07:36 pm:|
|By stephanie (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 07:51 pm:|
My brother plays guitar behind the Jewels sometimes when they do local gigs!!! They are nice ladies and work normal jobs of course.
|By Jim G (184.108.40.206) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 08:06 pm:|
Wow, what a great photo Count!!!
They remind me of the Whitman Sisters, or the Peters Sisters...
all women of generous proportion...
|By Nikki (220.127.116.11) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 08:19 pm:|
Regarding the Jewels....
The 3 members active today are Sandra Bears, Margie Clarke, and Grace Ruffin. Below is a photo I took of them during their awesome performance at the Smithsonian in DC Feb. 2000.
The original Four Jewels were Sandra Peoples (Bears), Margie Clarke, Carrie Mingo, and Grace Ruffin (1961 to 1963); then Sandra Bears, Margie Clarke, Martha Harvin, and Grace Ruffin (1964 to 1968). From 1968 to the present, it's the 3 mentioned and shown above.
Before recording as the Four Jewels, they recorded "For the Love of Mike" as by the Impalas on Checker in 1961.
(Info courtesy of "Girl Groups Fabulous Females that Rocked the World" by John Clemente.
|By thecount (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 08:19 pm:|
Here is the "3HREE TONS OF JOY"
Marie Adams and The Three Tons Of Joy had a hit in 1957 with,"Ma,He's Making Eyes At Me"
They were discovered by Johnny Otis,who as a writer,producer,bandleader,performer and talent scout,did more than any other person to support R&B and early rock and roll.Johnny Otis real name was JOHN VELIOTES.When he was in his teens,John learned to play drums,piano,vibraphone,and had a name around the S.F. bay area as a swing musician.In 1950,John was responsible for seven R&B Top Ten Hits.The next year he discovered Jackie Wilson,Hank Ballard and Little Willie John in Detroit.In 1949,he discovered lil Ester Phillips for who he wrote"DOUBLE CROSSING BLUES",
an R&B number one hit in 1950.In the early fifties he started touring with his R&B Caravan of Stars.Lil Arthur Matthews,and the Dell-Vikings were a part of his Caravan.
Sorry if my dates and years are out of sync,but my mind thinks faster than I can type,which isn't worth a S--T.
Well,I'am sure someone here can tell us more of this fine pioneer.I dont have many books about our heros of music,but many memories,and somethings I can find on the back of album covers,but it is so limited.Many of the younger generation are only book smart when refering to our music,and werent there
,and my hat goes off to them with much respect for taking such a great interest in the music of the past and can make much corrections with the book information,and it's the younger folks we need here to carry on our love of "MOTOWN",ROCK AND ROLL,R&B,DOO-WOP,etc.So,this is the best I can do here,but let me say,If you didn't live in the fifties,you missed the best years of your life.Please make any corrections,but forgive me for I'am lost in the 50's,I mean,I NEVER LEFT>
|By Nikki (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 08:24 pm:|
Wow - Count - cool foto!! That's a lotta women!!! Thanx for sharing! Now I wonder, does anyone have a pic of the subject at hand here, 3 Ounces of Love???? Did they total up to less than 200 lbs combined???????!!!
|By RD (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 10:07 pm:|
Martha Harvin uses the stage name Martha High.
Three Ounces of Love, at the time (1978), were three beautiful, slim African-American sisters from Detroit.
|By David Meikle (188.8.131.52) on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 03:54 am:|
Many thanks to Count and Nikki.
|By steve w (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 04:55 pm:|
Russ was engineer on the Three Ounces LP sounded very much like the Emotions on some tracks but great none the less
|By Doo Wop Doll (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 05:38 pm:|
Opportunity/Gotta Find A Way 1964 Dimension Label
Smokey Joe/But I Do 1964 Dimension
Jimmy Lee/The Hash 1964 Olimpic
Smokie Joe's/Lookie Lookie 1966 King
There was also a group called Four Jewels (AKA Implas (3)/ AKA Rubies (1) (Female) recorded earleier in 1963 on Checker label
Dapper Dan/Loaded with Goodies
Doo Wop Doll
|By FAYETTE (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 05:41 pm:|
COUNT GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR ROOM,NO SUPPER FOR YOU
|By Greg C. (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, March 02, 2003 - 10:24 pm:|
Good to see someone else out there remembers Three Ounce Of Love. I liked their album and I still play it. They were a very obscure group.
While we're on the subject,anyone else out there remember these other obscure Motown girl groups? On Edge, 7669, Pretty In Pink, Shades, The Good Girls, and Willie Maxx
|By RD (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, March 02, 2003 - 11:09 pm:|
The Good Girls were bad Greg C, seen them on a show with the Boys, Today, Milira and others in the late eighties. Hot beyond words with an exciting stage presence. I still remember the splits they did in them short plaid skirts. The visual just won't leave my head.