The British group Loose Ends hit the scene in the early 1980s, building up an audience in their own backyard of the U.K. They gained popularity in the states in 1984 when their hit “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” topped the R&B chart, hit the top 20 on the dance chart, and peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album A Little Spice would go on to make it to the top 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The group released Zagora, their third studio album, in 1986. Working with their longtime producer, Philadelphia native Nick Martinelli, also known for his work with Diana Ross and Chaka Khan, Loose Ends released a pleasant mix of laid back funk. Tunes like “Ooh, You Make Me Feel,” “I Can’t Wait Another Minute,” “Nights of Pleasure” and “Let’s Get Back To Love” were up-tempo enough for the dance floor but still mellow enough for straight up chill out mode. The album kicked off with the song “Stay A Little While Child,” a rhythmically smooth and melodious tune, which hit the top 20 on the R&B chart. While the ballad “You Can’t Stop The Rain” barely cracked the top 40 on the R&B chart, it made frequent appearances on late night radio during Quiet Storm programs.
The big hit for the band was the single “Slow Down,” a track with an infectious, head boppin’ groove that hit the top 40 in the U.K., while in the U.S. it became a club DJ favorite and went to #1 on the R&B chart. The single would mark their second and last #1 R&B single. Zagora hit the top 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, peaking at #7, and made it to the top 20 in the U.K.
Montrose Cunningham is a Dallas, Texas-based, independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado, with a Master of Science degree in Marketing. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his release Inertia at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, follow him on Twitter @MontroseC and check out his blog, Daddy Rock Star.