Switch (6)

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Soul, funk and disco sextet, formed in Mansfield, Ohio in 1974 with 3 members from Grand Rapids (Michigan) and 3 other members from Akron (Ohio). At the time, they called themselves First Class. They then joined Barry White’s White Heat (4) as backing band musicians and were let go shortly thereafter. Eventually changing their name to Switch due to their ability to ‘switch’ to different instruments during a song, the group got the attention of Jermaine Jackson who heard the group’s demo tape and within days the group was promptly signed to the Motown Records subsidiary label, Gordy. There, they recorded and released their self titled debut album in 1978. The album featured their first Top 10 R&B hit single entitled “There’ll Never Be”. Depending on whom was singing lead on the songs, their songs were written by Williams, Ingram and the late Bobby DeBarge and often in collaboration with Jermaine Jackson, who continued to sponsor the band throughout their five years on the label. Though they never did manage to cross over into the pop singles chart, they were a consistent presence on the R&B charts through the late 1970s. Other than “There’ll Never Be”, songs such as “I Call Your Name” (1979), “Best Beat In Town” (1979) and "Love Over And Over Again" (1980) also became hits for the group. Shortly after, the DeBarge brothers left to mentor the group DeBarge with their siblings, and lead singer Phillip Ingram left to pursue a solo career, so 3 new musicians were added to Switch for vocals, percussion and keyboards. This configuration of Switch signed with Total Experience and recorded a final album in 1984. The group broke up later on that year. Since 2010 Switch has reunited featuring 3 original members, 1 original sessions/on stage guitarist, and 3 new members.
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Albums

G7-980R1 Switch (6) - Switch album art Switch (6) Switch (Album) Gordy G7-980R1 US 1978 Sell This Version
G7-988R1 Switch (6) - Switch II album art Switch (6) Switch II (Album) Gordy G7-988R1 US 1979 Sell This Version
G8-993M1 Switch (6) - Reaching For Tomorrow album art Switch (6) Reaching For Tomorrow (Album) Gordy G8-993M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8 999 KC Switch (6) - This Is My Dream album art Switch (6) This Is My Dream (Album) Gordy G8 999 KC US 1980 Sell This Version
G8 1007 KC Switch (6) - Switch V album art Switch (6) Switch V (Album) Gordy G8 1007 KC US 1981 Sell This Version
FL89407 Switch (6) - Am I Still Your Boyfriend? album art Switch (6) Am I Still Your Boyfriend? (Album) Total Experience Records FL89407 Europe 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

G 7163F Switch (6) - I Wanna Be Closer / Somebody's Watchin' You album art Switch (6) I Wanna Be Closer / Somebody's Watchin' You Gordy G 7163F US 1978 Sell This Version
12TMG 1132 Switch (6) - We Like To Party... Come On album art Switch (6) We Like To Party... Come On (Single) Motown 12TMG 1132 UK 1978 Sell This Version
G 7159F Switch (6) - There'll Never Be album art Switch (6) There'll Never Be (Single) Gordy G 7159F US 1978 Sell This Version
Y-626-F Switch (6) - There'll Never Be / Best Beat In Town album art Switch (6) There'll Never Be / Best Beat In Town Motown Y-626-F US 1979 Sell This Version
G 7175F Switch (6) - I Call Your Name / Next To You album art Switch (6) I Call Your Name / Next To You (Single) Gordy G 7175F US 1979 Sell This Version
G 7168F Switch (6) - Best Beat In Town / It's So Real album art Switch (6) Best Beat In Town / It's So Real (Single) Gordy G 7168F US 1979 Sell This Version
Y-637-F Switch (6) - I Wanna Be Closer / I Call Your Name album art Switch (6) I Wanna Be Closer / I Call Your Name(7", Single) Motown Y-637-F US 1979 Sell This Version
501.7082 Switch (6) - Love Over And Over Again album art Switch (6) Love Over And Over Again (Single) Gordy 501.7082 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
G7199F Switch (6) - You And I album art Switch (6) You And I (Single) Gordy G7199F US 1980 Sell This Version
TMG 1187 Switch (6) - Don't Take My Love Away album art Switch (6) Don't Take My Love Away (Single) Motown TMG 1187 UK 1980 Sell This Version
1603GF Switch (6) - Call On Me  album art Switch (6) Call On Me Gordy 1603GF US 1981 Sell This Version
G 7214F Switch (6) - I Do Love You album art Switch (6) I Do Love You (Single) Gordy G 7214F US 1981 Sell This Version
PR 89 Switch (6) - Ghetto Life / Mr. Policeman / I Do Love You / Call On Me album art Rick James / Switch (6) Rick James / Switch (6) - Ghetto Life / Mr. Policeman / I Do Love You / Call On Me(12", Promo) Motown PR 89 US 1981 Sell This Version
TES1-2401-DJ Switch (6) - Switch It Baby album art Switch (6) Switch It Baby (Single, Maxi) Total Experience Records TES1-2401-DJ US 1984 Sell This Version
XE 502 Switch (6) - Keeping Secrets album art Switch (6) Keeping Secrets (Single) Total Experience Records XE 502 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TED1-2609 Switch (6) - I'm So Satisfied album art Switch (6) I'm So Satisfied (Single) Total Experience Records TED1-2609 US 1985 Sell This Version

Compilations

374635488-4 Switch (6) - Best Of Switch album art Switch (6) Best Of Switch (Comp, Album) Motown 374635488-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
440 014 356-2 Switch (6) - The Best Of Switch album art Switch (6) The Best Of Switch (Comp) Motown 440 014 356-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
440 018 083-2 Switch (6) - Winning Combinations album art DeBarge / Switch (6) DeBarge / Switch (6) - Winning Combinations(CD, Comp) Motown, Universal Special Products 440 018 083-2 US 2002 Sell This Version