Nine-piece soul funk band
Formed in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. from the combination of members of two groups - The Montereys and The Nomads. Originally named Ohio Lakeside Express. They met [Invalid Artist] just before he'd quit Motown and they were signed at ABC Records and they released their debut in 1977 produced by Frank Wilson. In 1978 their manager and friend Dick Griffey founded Solar and signed the group. Norman Whitfield as well had made them an offer for Whitfield Records but Lakeside turned it down. They contributed instead to Willie Hutch' "In Tune" released in Whitfield's label. They also contributed in "Danceland" (from Carrie Lucas' third album in 1979) and produced 7th Wonder's "Stop Before You Break My Heart" (from their third and last album). They would release nine albums at Solar between 1978 - 1990. Their main line up (after several changes) were Otis Stokes (guitar, vocals), Thomas Shelby (lead vocals), Mark Adam Wood, Jr. (lead vocals, keyboards), Stephen Shockley (guitar), Fred Alexander Jr. (drums), Tiemeyer McCain (lead vocals), Marvin Craig (bass), Fred Lewis (2) (percussion), Norman Beavers (keyboards). They became famous for their flamboyant theatrical costumes on their album covers and for the rich, heavy, uplifting funk soul sound. Their biggest legacy remains their 1980 single "Fantastic Voyage" (No.1 in the r'n'b charts, the closest they came to a crossover success - No.55 in the U.S. pop chart) that was included in the soundtrack of 1992's "South Central" and Coolio covered -among other rappers- in 1994. Other big hits are "It's All The Way Live" (No.4 in 1977, R'n'B charts), their cover on Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (1981, No.5, R'n'B charts), "Raid" (1983, No.8 R'n'B charts) and "Outrageous" (1984, No.7 R'n'B charts).

Lakeside Discography


AB 999 Lakeside Lakeside (Album) ABC Records AB 999 US 1976 Sell This Version
FL 12937, BXL1 2937 Lakeside Shot Of Love (Album) Solar FL 12937, BXL1 2937 UK 1978 Sell This Version
BXL1-3490 Lakeside Rough Riders (Album) Solar BXL1-3490 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BXL1-3720 Lakeside Fantastic Voyage (Album) Solar BXL1-3720 US 1980 Sell This Version
P-11109 Lakeside Your Wish Is My Command (Album) Solar P-11109 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
BXL1-3974 Lakeside Keep On Moving Straight Ahead (Album) Solar BXL1-3974 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
60204 Lakeside Untouchables (Album) Solar 60204 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 60355-4 Lakeside Outrageous (Album) Solar 9 60355-4 US 1984 Sell This Version
540151 Lakeside Power (Album) Solar 540151 France 1987 Sell This Version
467253 1 Lakeside Party Patrol (Album) Solar 467253 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
9281 Lakeside Invasion(CD, Album) Intersound 9281 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AB-12255 Lakeside If I Didn't Have You(7") ABC Records AB-12255 1977 Sell This Version
JH-11589 Lakeside Given In To Love Solar JH-11589 US 1978 Sell This Version
JD-11745, (YD-11745) Lakeside Pull My Strings / Visions Of My Mind (Single) Solar JD-11745, (YD-11745) US 1978 Sell This Version
YD-11382 Lakeside It's All The Way Live (Maxi, Single) Solar YD-11382 US 1978 Sell This Version
YB-11931 Lakeside From 9:00 Until / All In My Mind Solar YB-11931 US 1979 Sell This Version
FB-2188 Lakeside Your Love Is On The One (Single) Solar FB-2188 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
YD-12130 Lakeside Fantastic Voyage (Single, Maxi) Solar YD-12130 US 1980 Sell This Version
YB-12274 Lakeside I Need You / Strung Out(7", Single) Solar YB-12274 US 1980 Sell This Version
YB-13031 Lakeside Keep On Moving Straight Ahead Solar YB-13031 US 1981 Sell This Version
AS-11566 Lakeside Something About That Woman Solar AS-11566 US 1981 Sell This Version
SO 12.590 Lakeside I Want To Hold Your Hand (Single) Solar SO 12.590 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
FC-2350 Lakeside We Want You (On The Floor) (Single, Maxi) Solar FC-2350 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
ED 4919 Lakeside Turn The Music Up / Alibi Solar ED 4919 US 1983 Sell This Version
969836-7 Lakeside Raid (Single) Solar 969836-7 France 1983 Sell This Version