Switch (6)

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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Switch (6) Discography Tracks

Albums

Switch (6) Switch (Album) Gordy US 1978 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Switch II (Album) Gordy US 1979 Sell This Version
Switch (6) This Is My Dream (Album) Gordy US 1980 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Reaching For Tomorrow (Album) Gordy US 1980 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Switch V (Album) Gordy US 1981 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Am I Still Your Boyfriend? (Album) Total Experience Records Europe 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Switch (6) I Wanna Be Closer / Somebody's Watchin' You Gordy US 1978 Sell This Version
Switch (6) There'll Never Be (Single) Gordy US 1978 Sell This Version
Switch (6) We Like To Party... Come On (Single) Motown UK 1978 Sell This Version
Switch (6) I Call Your Name (Single) Gordy US 1979 Sell This Version
Switch (6) There'll Never Be / Best Beat In Town (Single) Motown US 1979 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Best Beat In Town / We Like To Party... Come On (Single) Motown US 1979 Sell This Version
Y-637-F Switch (6) I Wanna Be Closer / I Call Your Name(7", Single) Motown Y-637-F US 1979 Sell This Version
Switch (6) You And I (Single) Gordy US 1980 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Love Over And Over Again (Single) Gordy US 1980 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Don't Take My Love Away (Single) Motown UK 1980 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Call On Me Gordy US 1981 Sell This Version
Switch (6) I Do Love You (Single) Gordy US 1981 Sell This Version
PR 89 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
Switch (6) Switch It Baby (Single, Maxi) Total Experience Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Switch (6) Keeping Secrets (Single) Total Experience Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Switch (6) I'm So Satisfied (Single) Total Experience Records US 1985 Sell This Version

Compilations

Switch (6) Best Of Switch (Comp, Album) Motown US 1991 Sell This Version
Switch (6) The Best Of Switch (Comp) Motown US 2001 Sell This Version