Heatwave

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International disco-funk group, formed in Europe in mid-1970s. Heatwave was founded by Johnnie Wilder, an American serviceman based in West Germany, who stayed on there after his discharge. He sang in local clubs until he moved to the UK and met Rod Temperton through an ad in the paper. Calling themselves the Chicago Heatwave, they recruited Johnnie's brother, Keith. Signed to GTO records in 1976, they went into the studio that fall with producer Barry Blue. In the UK, their first two singles tanked, but the third one "Boogie Nights" went on to become an iconic disco anthem. It became their debut single in the US peaking at #2 early in 1977. Their follow up became an R&B classic, "Always and Forever" and peaked at #18. Writer and keyboardist Rod Temperton continued to write songs, giving Heatwave on more top ten single, "The Groove Line" in 1978. Temperton went on to write hit songs for Michael Jackson. The band faced several tragedies, first with Mario Mantese being stabbed by his enraged girlfriend then falling into a coma for months only to revive as blind, mute and paralyzed. In 1979 founding member Johnnie Wilder was paralyzed from the neck down in a serious auto accident and unable to perform with the group. He continued on as a co producer with Barry Blue. JD Nicholas replaced him for concert appearances. 1980 saw the release of the #21 single, "Gangsters Of The Groove". Then, members one by one left the band until Heatwave died a quiet death in 1983. Keith Wilder tried to restart the band in 1988, but had to wait until 1991, when a remix of "Mind Blowing Decisions" became a hit in the UK to put a new band together. Keith Wilder now handles lead vocals and is the only original member left. Johnnie Wilder died peacefully in his sleep in May of 2006. "Boogie Nights" lived on in the 90's as the title of the Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name about the rise of pornography. However, the song did not appear in the movie.
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2321 113 Too Hot To Handle — Heatwave Heatwave Too Hot To Handle (Album) GTO 2321 113 Scandinavia 1976 Sell This Version
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GTLP 027 Central Heating — Heatwave Heatwave Central Heating (Album) GTO GTLP 027 UK 1977 Sell This Version
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RL-39-7 Too Hot To Handle / Ram Jam — Heatwave Heatwave / Ram Jam Heatwave / Ram Jam - Too Hot To Handle / Ram Jam(LP, Mono, Transcription) AFRTS RL-39-7 US 1977 Sell This Version
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FEA 35970 Hot Property — Heatwave Heatwave Hot Property (Album) GTO FEA 35970 US 1979 Sell This Version
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EPC 84703 Candles — Heatwave Heatwave Candles (Album) GTO EPC 84703 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
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40-85812 Current — Heatwave Heatwave Current (Album) Epic 40-85812 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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SITY CD 2 The Fire — Heatwave Heatwave The Fire (Album) Soul City (7), Soul City (7) SITY CD 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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MM5112 Always And Forever — Heatwave Heatwave Always And Forever(VCD + CD, Album) MasterTone MM5112 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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799761800423 Live At The Greek Theatre Hollywood — Heatwave Heatwave Live At The Greek Theatre Hollywood(CD, Album) Century Vista 799761800423 US 1997 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GT 59 Ain't No Half Steppin' — Heatwave Heatwave Ain't No Half Steppin' (Single) GTO GT 59 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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GT 68, 2099 168 Super Soul Sister — Heatwave Heatwave Super Soul Sister (Single) GTO, GTO GT 68, 2099 168 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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28-50371 Boogie Nights / Too Hot To Handle — Heatwave Heatwave Boogie Nights / Too Hot To Handle (Single) Epic 28-50371 US 1976 Sell This Version
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2099187.3 Boogie Nights / Super Soul Sister — Heatwave Heatwave Boogie Nights / Super Soul Sister (Single) Epic 2099187.3 Peru 1976 Sell This Version
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2099 177 Boogie Nights — Heatwave Heatwave Boogie Nights (Single) GTO 2099 177 France 1975 Sell This Version
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GT S 228, GT 228 The Groove Line / Boogie Nights — Heatwave Heatwave The Groove Line / Boogie Nights (Single) GTO, GTO GT S 228, GT 228 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
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GT 236 Always And Forever — Heatwave Heatwave Always And Forever (Single) GTO GT 236 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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8-50490 Always And Forever / Super Soul Sister — Heatwave Heatwave Always And Forever / Super Soul Sister (Single) Epic 8-50490 US 1977 Sell This Version
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2099 191 Too Hot To Handle — Heatwave Heatwave Too Hot To Handle (Single) GTO 2099 191 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
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2099 215 The Groove Line — Heatwave Heatwave The Groove Line (Single) GTO 2099 215 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
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40.145 La Linea Marcada / Dejamelo — Heatwave Heatwave La Linea Marcada / Dejamelo(7", Single) Epic 40.145 Argentina 1977 Sell This Version
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GTO 236 Always And Forever / Ain't No Half Steppin' — Heatwave Heatwave Always And Forever / Ain't No Half Steppin'(7", Single) GTO GTO 236 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
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28-50597 Mind Blowing Decisions / Ain't No Half Steppin' — Heatwave Heatwave Mind Blowing Decisions / Ain't No Half Steppin' (Single) Epic 28-50597 US 1978 Sell This Version
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GTO 461864 Mind Blowing Decisions — Heatwave Heatwave Mind Blowing Decisions (Single) Epic GTO 461864 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
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28-50541 The Groove Line / Always And Forever — Heatwave Heatwave The Groove Line / Always And Forever (Single) Epic 28-50541 US 1978 Sell This Version
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GT 253 Therm Warfare — Heatwave Heatwave Therm Warfare (Single) GTO GT 253 UK 1979 Sell This Version