52nd Street

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British jazz-funk and R&B band formed in Manchester in 1980.
Their original line-up included Tony Henry on guitar, Derek Johnson on bass, Desmond Isaacs on keyboards, Tony Thompson (3) on drums and Jennifer McCloud on vocals. Within six months John Dennison had replaced Desmond Isaacs on keyboards and Beverly McDonald had replaced Jennifer McCloud. Initially they were chased by two major UK labels, RCA Records and Warner Bros. Records. They decided to go with Manchester's Factory Records. 52nd Street released three singles on Factory between 1982 - 1984. Two of them were US Billboard Dance Chart hits. 'Cool As Ice' and 'Can't Afford'. The band left Factory in early 1985, initially on their way to joining newly appointed A&R manager Lindsay Wesker at A&M Records but at the very last moment went with Mick Clark and signed to Virgin's 10 Records. Their debut album, a commercial success was produced in Philadelphia by producer Nick Martinelli. He was, in that period a highly sought after record producer after success working with soul R&B acts Loose Ends and Five Star. The album 'Children Of The Night' included their biggest hit in the U.S. "Tell Me (How It Feels)" reached No.8 on R'n'B Billboard charts and No.54 on the UK pop chart. The line up changed slightly during the Virgin \ MCA period. Diane Charlemagne had already replaced Beverly McDonald. Bassist Derek Johnson remained with Factory Records so Tony Bowry joined to replace Johnson on bass guitar. The band's second album 'Something's Going On' was produced by Lenny White in New York in 1986 - 87 and featured both White on drums and Michael Brecker on saxophone and electronic wind instruments. A third album was recorded in Los Angeles between 1988 - 89 with producer John Barnes. John Dennison had now departed before the start of the 3rd album. The musical direction of the 3rd album resulted in Tony Henry departing and leaving the album for Bowry and Charlemagne to promote. It was agreed at Virgin that the name 52nd Street remain with Henry. Charlemagne and Bowry would then be free to promote the new album under a new name. Hence the name Cool Down Zone. In order to give the new album a more direct UK R&B feel, additional songs were written and recorded in the UK to help album sales. The album was eventually called 'New Direction'. Lead single from it 'Heaven Knows' was a UK chart hit.
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Albums

MCA-5738 52nd Street - Children Of The Night album art 52nd Street Children Of The Night (Album) 10 Records MCA-5738 US 1985 Sell This Version
CDIX 60 52nd Street - Something's Going On album art 52nd Street Something's Going On (Album) MCA Records CDIX 60 UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FAC 59 52nd Street - Look Into My Eyes album art 52nd Street Look Into My Eyes (Single) Factory FAC 59 UK 1982 Sell This Version
AM-2558, FBN 20 52nd Street - Cool As Ice / Twice As Nice album art 52nd Street Cool As Ice / Twice As Nice (Single, Maxi) Factory Benelux AM-2558, FBN 20 US 1983 Sell This Version
PRO-7062-DJ 52nd Street - Can't Afford album art 52nd Street Can't Afford (Single) Factory PRO-7062-DJ US 1984 Sell This Version
TEN 89-12 52nd Street - You're My Last Chance album art 52nd Street You're My Last Chance (Single) 10 Records TEN 89-12 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
TEN 74-12, TEN 7412 52nd Street - Tell Me (How It Feels) album art 52nd Street Tell Me (How It Feels) (Single) 10 Records TEN 74-12, TEN 7412 UK 1985 Sell This Version
TEN D 114-A 52nd Street - I Can't Let You Go album art 52nd Street I Can't Let You Go (Single) 10 Records TEN D 114-A UK 1986 Sell This Version
MCA-23697 52nd Street - Children Of The Night album art 52nd Street Children Of The Night (Single) MCA Records MCA-23697 US 1986 Sell This Version
TEN 163 52nd Street - Are You Receiving Me? album art 52nd Street Are You Receiving Me? (Single) 10 Records, 10 Records TEN 163 UK 1987 Sell This Version
MCA-23750 52nd Street - I'll Return album art 52nd Street I'll Return (Single, Maxi) 10 Records MCA-23750 US 1987 Sell This Version
TENR 215 52nd Street - Say You Will album art 52nd Street Say You Will 10 Records TENR 215 UK 1988 Sell This Version
OG 4110 52nd Street - Tell Me (How It Feels) / You're My Last Chance album art 52nd Street Tell Me (How It Feels) / You're My Last Chance(12") Old Gold (2) OG 4110 UK 1989 Sell This Version

Videos

none 52nd Street - I'll Return / Scream album art 52nd Street / Mantronix 52nd Street / Mantronix - I'll Return / Scream(VHS, Promo, PAL) 10 Records none UK 1987 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none 52nd Street - Superhuman (K-Klass Mix) album art 52nd Street Featuring Diane Charlemagne 52nd Street Featuring Diane Charlemagne - Superhuman (K-Klass Mix) John Dennison none UK 2018

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simonali6819

simonali6819

May 21, 2020
How can a band have a real name? They are either called 52nd Street or they're not!

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