Our Top 10 Tavares Songs list looks at a popular r&b, funk and soul music group from the 1970’s and 1980’s. They are a group that was made up of brothers. The members are Antone Laurence “Chubby”, Perry Lee “Tiny”, Feliciano Vierra “Butch”, Arthur Paul “Pooch” and Ralph Vierra. The group was originally called Chubby and the Turnpikes in 1959. Chubby and the Turnpikes signed with Capitol Records in 1967. The group had local hits including “I Know The Inside Story” in 1967 and “Nothing But Promises” in 1968. In 1973, the group changed their name to Tavares.
The group’s first album Check It Out was released in 1974. The album peaked at number 20 on the r&b charts. The album features the hit singles “Check It Out” and “That’s The Sound That Lonely Makes.” Both singles made it in the top 10 on the r&b charts. Their debut album was moderately successful, but they wanted to change their producer. It turned out that the change worked out for the group. Capitol Records decided to have the group team up with Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Lambert and Potter were hired to help Tavares achieve commercial success. They released their second album Hardcore Poetry in 1974. Lambert and Potter co-wrote all but one song on the album. The album peaked at number 12 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Too Late,” “She’s Gone” and “Remember What I Told You to Forget.”
The group released their third album In The City in 1975. This is their most successful album. It peaked at number eight on the r&b charts and number 26 on the pop charts. It features the hit singles “It Only Takes a Minute,” “Free Ride” and “The Love I Never Had.” “It Only Takes a Minute” peaked at number one on the r&b charts and number 10 on the pop charts. Tavares released their fourth album Sky High in 1976. The album peaked at number 20 on the r&b charts and number 24 on the pop charts. The album features the hit singles “Heave Must Be Missing an Angel” and “Don’t Take Away the Music.”
In 1977, Tavares released their fifth album Love Storm. The album peaked at number 15 on the r&b charts. It features the top 20 singles “Whodunit” and “Goodnight My Love.” They released their sixth album Future Bound in 1978. This album didn’t do as well as their previous work. It peaked at number 55 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “More Than a Woman,” “The Ghost of Love” and “Timber.”
The group released their seventh album Madam Butterfly in 1979. They were starting to become known as a disco group when this album came out. Despite being pigeonholed as a disco group, this album didn’t feature any disco music. This album featured slow jams. The album features the singles “Never Had a Love Like This Before,” “Straight From Your Heart,” “I’m Back for More” and “Madam Butterfly.” The album did well on the r&b charts. It peaked at number 13 on the r&b charts. Unfortunately, the album didn’t receive crossover success.
Tavares released their eighth album Supercharged in 1980. This album was similar in style to Madam Butterfly. The album peaked at number 20 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Bad Times” and “I Just Can’t Go On Living Without You.” They released their ninth album Love Uprising in 1980. This is one of their least successful albums. The album didn’t do well on r&b or pop charts. It features the singles “Love Uprising” and “Loneliness.”
They released their tenth album Loveline in 1981. This is their last album with Capitol Records. The album didn’t chart on the r&b or pop charts. The album features the singles “Turn Out The Night Light” and “Loveline.” They signed with RCA Records in 1982. They released their eleventh album New Directions in 1982. The album peaked at number 30 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” “Got to Find My Way Back to You” and “Abra-Ca-Dabra Love You Too.” They released their twelfth album Words in Music in 1983. It features the hit singles “Deeper in Love” and “Words in Music.”
Tavares managed to make a name for themselves in the music industry. For a while they had a string of hit albums. They also had a lot of hit singles throughout the years. Like most groups, they had struggled fitting in with different genres, but they managed to be successful in their own right. This Top 10 Tavares Songs list will feature 10 of their hit songs. Will your favorite be on the list?
# 10 – Remember What I Told You to Forget
The first song on our Top 10 Tavares Songs list is the apologetic “Remember What I Told You to Forget” from the Hardcore Poetry album. This ballad has an r&b and soul sound. This remorseful song is about him asking for forgiveness and to go back home to the woman he loves. The piano laiden music and strings add to the emotion of the song. The drums also add emotion to the song and give the song it’s melancholy beat. Singer Chubby is pouring his heart out in this song. His vocals are pure and emotional. He sings very well with the beautiful music. He sings in a tenor vocal in the majority of the song. He impressively sings in falsetto towards the end of the song. The harmonies are fantastic and complement his voice very well.
# 9 – Check It Out
The next song on our Top 10 Tavares Songs list is the heartfelt “Check It Out” from their debut album of the same name. The love ballad has an r&b and soul sound. This song is about him wanting the woman he loves to give him a chance. Here is some trivia about the song. Their brother Victor sings lead on this song. Unfortunately his head got a little too big because he decided he wanted to leave the group for a solo career instead of staying with the group. It’s too bad he didn’t want to make things work with his brothers because he has a beautiful voice. He has a smooth tenor voice that was perfect for the soft and melodic music. The music is a combination of emotion, instrumentation and melodies. The music is romantic and beautiful. The only problem with the song is it isn’t long enough.
# 8 – Goodnight My Love
This dreamy song is the second single from the Love Storm album. This ballad has an r&b sound. This heartbreak song is about him wanting the woman he loves to give her love to him. This song is a cover song. It has been done several times throughout the years. The musical arrangement has an old school feel. It sounds like something from the 50’s. It has a doo-wop sound that gives the song a nice touch. Chubby’s voice is amazing in this song. The group’s harmonies are fierce and exquisite. They all sound incredible together. Chubby does miss a golden opportunity to hold a powerful note towards the end of the song, but it doesn’t take away from how good the song is. You can feel how much he wants the woman to be with him.
# 7 – A Penny for Your Thoughts
This pleading song is from the hit album New Directions. This ballad has a soul sound. This emotional song is about him wanting the woman he loves to tell him what she’s thinking and whether or not she loves him. The music has an old school sound despite being an 80’s song. It’s easy to forget that this song is from the 80’s. The arrangement was created to give it an old school sound. The drums and keys are soft and soothing. The music isn’t overpowering which allows you to focus on their vocals. The music is perfect for slow dancing as well as baby-making music. Chubby and Butch sing lead on the song. Chubby has the deeper vocals while Butch sings the tenor vocals. Their voices complement each other well. Butch’s voice in particular soars when he sings in falsetto. The harmonies never disappoint. The song is a timeless masterpiece.
# 6 – Free Ride
This funky song is the second single from the In The City album. This up-tempo song has a disco sound. This metaphoric song is about helping your fellow man. This song is relatable even today because of what’s going on in the world. This song shows the group’s versatility because they can sing social songs as well as love songs. The music is energetic and spunky. The funky rhythm guitar solo is powerful and on fire. It absolutely sells the music. The music stayed true to the original version. They manage to make the song their own by making a disco version of the rock song. For those of you who aren’t aware, this is a cover of the Edgar Winter Group song. The vocals are pretty good. Butch sings lead on this song. His vocals are a little deeper in this song.
# 5 – Don’t Take Away the Music
The next song on our Top 10 Tavares Songs list is the glossy “Don’t Take Away the Music” from the Sky High album. This up-tempo song has an r&b, pop, dance and disco sound. This gritty song is about not taking away music from them. The music combines Philadelphia soul and disco. The thumping drumbeat is catchy and flawless. This fun song will get you on the dance floor. The music sounds like a combination of The Jacksons “Think Happy” and “Style of Life.” The vocals are really good. The group has amazing harmony with each other in the chorus. The song is a little long, but it will give you a chance to enjoy the funky music if you love to dance.
# 4 – More Than a Woman
This sentimental song is from the Future Bound album. It is also on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Live. This midtempo song has an r&b and disco sound. This affectionate song is about being in love with a woman he never noticed before. He wants the world to know how much he loves the woman. Here’s some trivia about the song. The Bee Gees wanted Tavares to sing the song. The Bee Gees also sing this song. Both songs are featured on the soundtrack. Tavares didn’t really stray away from the Bee Gees version. The difference is Tavares’ version is more soulful while the Bee Gees version is more disco. The flute and the strings sound elegant and classy. The bass will make you get up and dance. The vocals are soulful and fantastic. Chubby and Butch sound incredible. They sound passionate throughout the song. Butch holds powerful notes as the song fades out. The harmonies are amazing as usual.
# 3 – She’s Gone
This painful song is from the Hardcore Poetry album. This ballad has a soul sound. This poignant song is about losing a love and missing the love they lost. Hall & Oates originally did this song. Here is some trivia about the song. Tavares’ producers Lambert and Potter wanted the group to sing this song. The percussion and keyboards are phenomenal. They make the song sound soulful. The strings weave in and out during the song. The drums give the song a dramatic effect. The guitar riff will give you chills up and down your spine. Chubby and Butch’s vocals are outstanding. Their baritone and tenor vocals are a perfect blend with the music. Either one of them could have sung the song alone and it would have sounded great. Their harmonies are tight and smooth as usual. They manage to make the song their own. It’s just as good if not better than the original version.
# 2 – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
This touching song is from the Sky High album. This upbeat song has a disco and soul sound. This joyous song is about comparing the woman he loves to an angel. There is no way to sit still through this catchy beat. You will be hooked as soon as the music starts. The music has an orchestral swell. The flute and violin give the song something extra. The horn arrangements are fire. The lyrics are beautiful and comforting. It doesn’t have to be about the love of a woman. It could be about the love of a child, a parent, a friend, etc. Victor sings lead on this song. His vocals are strong and powerful with the music. He sounds passionate throughout the song. He is able to keep up with the loud music without getting drowned out. As usual, the harmonies are top notch and never fail to disappoint. This song could have easily been number one on the list, but it was beaten by another song.
# 1 – It Only Takes a Minute
The number one song on our Top 10 Tavares Songs list is the outstanding “It Only Takes a Minute” from the In The City album. This up-tempo song has a soul and r&b sound. This anthemic song is about appreciating life and love no matter what you’re going through. This song proved Tavares could sing up-tempo songs just as beautifully as they could sing ballads. The music is exceptional. The horn arrangement is tight. The percussion and funky bass lines are superior. The key changes are fabulous. The musical arrangement gives the song a disco flavor that will have you on the dance floor. Chubby’s vocals are strong and phenomenal. He doesn’t hold any notes, but he does belt towards the end of the song. When the music gets louder, he is able to keep up with it. The music doesn’t drown him out. The harmonies are flawless. This song is perfect and deserves the number one spot on this list.