Club Nouveauformed in 1986 in Sacramento, California after the break up of The Timex Social Club. The French meaning of the club’s name was “New Club”. The original members of the band consisted of Denzil Foster, Valerie Watson, Thomas McElroy, and Samuel Pratter. The group changed it’s name from Jet Set to Club Nouveau to exploit the breakup of the Timex Social Club. The Timex Club had the hit, Rumors, in 1986 and it was a hit. The group then consisted of Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Pratter, and Valerie Watson. Kingwas the force behind the hit, Rumors, and and formed the King Jay Records for Club Nouveau. The group released some disco and funk type songs and came up with some hits.
The group’s debut album was called, Life, Love, & Pain, and it was released in 1986. They had four consecutive hits and they were, Jealousy, Situation #9, Lean On Me, and Why You Treat Me So Bad. Both of the last two made it to number 2 on the R&B charts in the following year. Lean On Me became a big Billboard Got 100 Hit. McElroy and Foster left the group to form their own group and on producing for other acts. Pratter also eventually left the group. They were replaced by David Agent and Kevin Irving.
The albums released by with the help of the newest members were, Listen To The Message, Under A Nouveau Groove, and A New Beginning. More recently they have released the Platinum hit single, Me & U and it is said to sound very much like, Why You Treat Me So Bad. The record label that releases their collection is Thump Records and the group still regroups occasionally and records.
The singles released by the group were, Jealousy in 1986 which hit number 8 on the R&B chart, Situation number 9 in 1986 hit number 2 World charts, number 1 on the Pop charts, and number 2 on the R&B Charts, Lean On Me in 1987 made number 4 on the R&B Chart, Why You Treat Me So Bad also in 1987 was number 39 on the Pop Chart and number 2 on the R&B chart. Heavy On My Mind was released in 1988 and went to number 42 on the R&B Chart, No Friend Of Mine released in 1989 and went to number 12 on the R&B Chart, and Oh Happy Day in 1992 was number 45 on the R&B Chart. This group will be known for some time and have made their mark in the R&B world.
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