Total Experience Records

Total Experience Records

Profile:
Total Experience Records was a record label founded by Lonnie Simmons. Its two major acts were The Gap Band and Yarbrough & Peoples. It originally began in 1977 as a production company whose artists recorded for Mercury Records before becoming a label in 1981. From its inception in 1981 to late 1983, Total Experience was a subsidiary label of Mercury's parent company, PolyGram. In 1984, the label changed its distribution from PolyGram to RCA Records.

In the 1970s, Lonnie Simmons operated a club on Crenshaw Boulvevard in South Central Los Angeles called The Total Experience, similar to the West-Hollywood Roxy Theatre.[2] Eventually he invested in a recording studio (purchasing the property previously occupied by Sound Recorders Studios on the corner of Yucca St. and Argyle Ave. in Hollywood), launching his production company, and met the Gap Band through a friend, singer D. J. Rogers. He then had the idea to reduce the official lineup of the group from twelve members to its sibling trio of Ronnie, Charlie and Robert Wilson. After signing the Gap Band to Total Experience Productions (as it was then called), and securing them a label deal with Mercury Records in late 1978, Simmons himself personally produced the Gap Band's albums during their tenure, and co-wrote their breakthrough song, "Oops Upside Your Head".

While in Texas in 1977, Gap Band leader Charlie Wilson discovered Alisa Peoples & Calvin Yarbrough, who were performing as part of the band, Grand Theft.[3] Charlie convinced Lonnie to give the couple a chance, which paid off in 1980, when they released the song "Don't Stop the Music", which topped the R&B charts. This was immediately following the Gap Band #1 R&B song "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)". Both of those albums went gold, and two of the Gap Band's albums went platinum. The first three Simmons-produced Gap Band albums, as well as Yarbrough and Peoples debut album The Two of Us were released by Mercury. These recordings were solid enough to give Simmons credibility to establish his production company as a full label, and he officially launched Total Experience Records in 1981.

Gap Band IV, released in early 1982, was the first Total Experience album release. The success of Gap Band IV, Robert "Goodie" Whitfield's debut album Call Me Goodie (also released in 1982), 1983's Gap Band V: Jammin' and Yarbrough and Peoples' Heartbeats resulted in a lucrative distribution deal with RCA Records in early 1984. At the tail-end of 1984, A Total Experience Christmas was released, featuring songs by five of the label's acts, as well as two of the label's writers.[4]

Even though the Gap Band and Yarbrough & Peoples still had high charting records through the mid-80s, the successes were ephemeral and they resulted in far fewer sales. Lonnie signed a plethora of new acts in 1984-85 and two established acts: Switch and Billy Paul. None of these acts managed to have any success with Total Experience. The Gap Band released 4 albums: Gap Band VI, Gap Band VII, Gap Band 8, and Straight from the Heart before moving on to Capitol Records in 1989. Yarbrough and Peoples left the label in 1986, and moved back to Texas, where they married in 1987.

In 1987 Total Experience lost their distribution deal with RCA and carried on as an independent label, faltering soon after. The label's post 1984 holdings now belong to Minder Records (now a division of BMG Rights Management), while its PolyGram distributed holdings belong to The Island Def Jam Music Group.
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Contact Info:
Total Experience Records Co., Inc.
270 N. Canon Dr. Ste. 1273
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Ph: (310) 276-6271
fax: (310) 276-7835
Email: totalexprods@aol.com
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
7PP-65 Early In The Morning  album cover The Gap Band Early In The Morning(7") Total Experience Records 7PP-65 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25AP-95 Gap Band V - Jammin'  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band V - Jammin'(LP, Album, Promo) Total Experience Records 25AP-95 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25PP-56 Gap Band IV  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band IV(LP, Album) Total Experience Records 25PP-56 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25PP-66 Heartbeats  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats(LP, Album) Total Experience Records 25PP-66 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25PP-81 Call Me Goodie  album cover Goodie Call Me Goodie(LP, Album) Total Experience Records 25PP-81 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
2700-1-T Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8 (Album) 2700-1-T US 1986 Sell This Version
2700-4-T The Gap Band Gap Band 8(Cass, Album, Dol) Total Experience Records 2700-4-T US 1986 Sell This Version
2700-7-T Big Fun  album cover The Gap Band Big Fun(7", Single) Total Experience Records 2700-7-T US 1986 Sell This Version
2700-7-TAB Big Fun  album cover The Gap Band Big Fun(7", Promo) Total Experience Records 2700-7-TAB US 1986 Sell This Version
2701-1-TD Big Fun (New Remix)  album cover The Gap Band Big Fun (New Remix) (Maxi) 2701-1-TD US 1986 Sell This Version
2702-1-TD Don't Stop The Feeling  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Don't Stop The Feeling(12") Total Experience Records 2702-1-TD US 1986 Sell This Version
2702-7-TPAB Morris Rentie, Jr. Do It, Jam Jam(7", Promo) Plutonium Records, Total Experience Records 2702-7-TPAB US 1986 Sell This Version
2703-1-TPD Under The Latin Moon  album cover Steven Paul-Perry Under The Latin Moon 2703-1-TPD US 1986 Sell This Version
2703-7-T Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)  album cover The Gap Band Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)(7") Total Experience Records 2703-7-T US 1986 Sell This Version
2703-7-TAB Zibble, Zibble (Get The Money) (Aka: Get Loose, Get Funky)  album cover The Gap Band Zibble, Zibble (Get The Money) (Aka: Get Loose, Get Funky)(7", Promo) Total Experience Records 2703-7-TAB US 1986 Sell This Version
2704-1-TPD Do It, Jam Jam  album cover Morris Rentie, Jr. Do It, Jam Jam(12") Plutonium Records, Total Experience Records 2704-1-TPD US 1986 Sell This Version
2705-1-TD Zibble, Zibble (Get The Money) (AKA: Get Loose, Get Funky)  album cover The Gap Band Zibble, Zibble (Get The Money) (AKA: Get Loose, Get Funky)(12") Total Experience Records 2705-1-TD US 1986 Sell This Version
2706-1-TPD Madness  album cover Dorian* Madness(12") Plutonium Records, Total Experience Records 2706-1-TPD US 1987 Sell This Version
2706-7-T Bottom Line  album cover Gabriella Bottom Line(7") Total Experience Records 2706-7-T US 1987 Sell This Version
2706-7-T-DJ Gabriella Bottom Line(7", Promo) Total Experience Records 2706-7-T-DJ US 1987 Sell This Version
2707-7-T I Think I'm Over You  album cover Mini Curry I Think I'm Over You(7", Single) Total Experience Records 2707-7-T US 1987 Sell This Version
2707-7-T-DJ I Think I'm Over You  album cover Mini Curry I Think I'm Over You(7", Promo) Total Experience Records 2707-7-T-DJ US 1987 Sell This Version
2708-1-TD Bottom Line  album cover Gabriella Bottom Line 2708-1-TD US 1987 Sell This Version
2709-1-TD I Think I'm Over You  album cover Mini Curry I Think I'm Over You(12") Total Experience Records 2709-1-TD US 1987 Sell This Version
2710 1-T Straight From The Heart  album cover The Gap Band Straight From The Heart(LP, Album) Total Experience Records 2710 1-T US 1988 Sell This Version
2710-4-T Straight From The Heart  album cover The Gap Band Straight From The Heart(Cass, Album) Total Experience Records 2710-4-T US 1988 Sell This Version
54636-2 Smoke N Roll  album cover Max Julian* Smoke N Roll(CD) Lightyear Entertainment, Total Experience Records 54636-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
54661-2 Hustler'z  album cover Killa Cali Hustler'z(CD, Album) Total Experience Records 54661-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
104361 Switch It Baby - Short version  album cover Switch (6) Switch It Baby - Short version(7", Single) Total Experience Records 104361 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
104386 Change Your Wicked Ways  album cover Pennye Ford* Change Your Wicked Ways(7", Single) Total Experience Records 104386 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
104431 Dangerous  album cover Pennye Ford* Dangerous(7", Single) Total Experience Records 104431 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
522 457-2 The Best Of Gap Band  album cover Gap Band* The Best Of Gap Band (Comp) 522 457-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
811 356-7 Outstanding  album cover The Gap Band Outstanding(7", Single) Total Experience Records 811 356-7 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
811 431-1 Feels So Good  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Feels So Good(12", EP) Total Experience Records 811 431-1 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
811 431-7 Feels So Good  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Feels So Good(7") Total Experience Records 811 431-7 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
812 186-1 Gap Band V - Jammin'  album cover Gap Band* Gap Band V - Jammin' (Album) 812 186-1 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
812186-4 The Gap Band Jammin (12", Maxi) Total Experience Records 812186-4 Unknown Sell This Version
814 040-7 Party Train  album cover Gap Band* Party Train (Single) 814 040-7 France 1983 Sell This Version
814 683-1 Party Train  album cover The Gap Band Party Train(12") Total Experience Records 814 683-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
818 811-1 Party Train / Shake A Leg  album cover The Gap Band Party Train / Shake A Leg(12") Total Experience Records 818 811-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
824 343-1 Gap Gold / Best Of The Gap Band  album cover The Gap Band Gap Gold / Best Of The Gap Band (Comp) 824 343-1 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
840 040-7 Party Train  album cover The Gap Band Party Train 840 040-7 France 1983 Sell This Version
874 397 2 Party Train  album cover The Gap Band Party Train(CD, Maxi) Total Experience Records 874 397 2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
6170 202 Early In The Morning  album cover The Gap Band Early In The Morning (Single) 6170 202 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
6170 213 Do Something / Come Into My Life  album cover Goodie Do Something / Come Into My Life(7", Single) Total Experience Records 6170 213 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6170 228 Heartbeats  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats (Single) 6170 228 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6170 231 You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Outstanding  album cover The Gap Band You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Outstanding(7", Single) Total Experience Records 6170 231 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6198 228 Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats(7", Single) Total Experience Records 6198 228 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
62 51 016 Don't Stop The Music  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Don't Stop The Music(12", Maxi) Mercury 62 51 016 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
6337 223 Gap Band IV  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band IV (Album) 6337 223 France 1982 Sell This Version
6337 238 Call Me Goodie  album cover Goodie Call Me Goodie(LP, Album) Total Experience Records 6337 238 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6337 269 Heartbeats  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats (Album) 6337 269 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
6400 692 Goodie Do Something / Come Into My Life 6400 692 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6400 698 You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Early In The Morning  album cover The Gap Band You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Early In The Morning(12", Maxi) Total Experience Records 6400 698 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
6400 742 Heartbeats  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats (EP) 6400 742 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
6400 773 You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Lonely Like Me  album cover The Gap Band You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Lonely Like Me(12") Total Experience Records 6400 773 France 1982 Sell This Version
7141 269 Heartbeats  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Heartbeats(Cass, Album) Total Experience Records 7141 269 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
824 343-1 M-1 Gap Gold/Best Of The Gap Band  album cover Gap Band* Gap Gold/Best Of The Gap Band(LP, Comp, Club, RCA) Total Experience Records 824 343-1 M-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
824 343-4 M-1 Best Of The Gap Band - Gap Gold  album cover The Gap Band Best Of The Gap Band - Gap Gold(Cass, Comp) Total Experience Records 824 343-4 M-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
422-824 343-1 M-1 Gap Gold - Best Of The Gap Band  album cover The Gap Band Gap Gold - Best Of The Gap Band (Comp) 422-824 343-1 M-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
AV 2604 Eternal Dancer  album cover Various Eternal Dancer(LP, Comp) Bondsspaarbank AV 2604 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
DJT 1 ET* Candy(12", Single, M/Print, Promo) Total Experience Records DJT 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FB 49715 Going In Circles  album cover The Gap Band Going In Circles(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 49715 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FB49743 Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)  album cover The Gap Band Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB49743 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
FB 49755 How Music Came About (Bop B Da B Da Da)  album cover The Gap Band How Music Came About (Bop B Da B Da Da)(7") Total Experience Records FB 49755 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
FB 49755D How Music Came About  album cover The Gap Band How Music Came About(2x7", Single, Ltd) Total Experience Records FB 49755D UK 1986 Sell This Version
FB 49779 Big Fun  album cover The Gap Band Big Fun (Single) FB 49779 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FB 49841 I Wouldn't Lie  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples I Wouldn't Lie (Single) FB 49841 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FB 49899 Lately  album cover Billy Paul Lately(7", Single) Total Experience Records, RCA FB 49899 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FB 49905 Guilty  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Guilty(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 49905 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FB49965 Backed Up Against The Wall  album cover Will King Backed Up Against The Wall(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB49965 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FB 49975 Dangerous  album cover Pennye Ford* Dangerous(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 49975 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FB 69187 Don't Waste Your Time (Remix)  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Don't Waste Your Time (Remix)(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 69187 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FB 69244 Switch It Baby  album cover Switch (6) Switch It Baby(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 69244 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FB 69290 Beep A Freak  album cover The Gap Band Beep A Freak(7", Single) Total Experience Records FB 69290 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FC 69188 Don't Waste Your Time  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Don't Waste Your Time(12") Total Experience Records FC 69188 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FC 69244 Switch (6) Switch It Baby(7") Total Experience Records FC 69244 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FC 69245 Switch It Baby  album cover Switch (6) Switch It Baby(12", Maxi) Total Experience Records FC 69245 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FC 69291 Beep A Freak  album cover The Gap Band Beep A Freak(12") Total Experience Records FC 69291 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FD 89992 Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8(CD, Album) Total Experience Records FD 89992 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
FK 82700 Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8(Cass, Album) Total Experience Records FK 82700 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
FK 85711 Billy Paul Lately(Cass, Album) Total Experience Records FK 85711 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
FK 89992 Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8(Cass, Album) Total Experience Records FK 89992 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FL82700 Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL82700 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
FL85710 Backed Up Against The Wall  album cover Will King Backed Up Against The Wall(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL85710 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
FL85711 Lately  album cover Billy Paul Lately FL85711 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FL85712 Confess It Baby  album cover Prime Time (4) Confess It Baby(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL85712 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
FL85714 Gap Band VII  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band VII(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL85714 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
FL85715 Guilty  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Guilty(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL85715 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
FL89384 Be A Winner  album cover Yarbrough & Peoples Be A Winner(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL89384 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
FL89407 Am I Still Your Boyfriend?  album cover Switch (6) Am I Still Your Boyfriend?(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL89407 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
FL89408 Flying High  album cover Prime Time (4) Flying High(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL89408 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FL89449 Pennye  album cover Pennye Ford* Pennye (Album) FL89449 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FL 89476 Gap Band VI  album cover Gap Band* Gap Band VI (Album) FL 89476 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
FL 89992 Gap Band 8  album cover The Gap Band Gap Band 8(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FL 89992 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
FLK89449 Pennye (Promo)  album cover Penny Ford Pennye (Promo)(LP, Album) Total Experience Records FLK89449 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FT 49716 Going In Circles  album cover The Gap Band Going In Circles FT 49716 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FT49744 Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)  album cover The Gap Band Zibble Zibble (Get The Money)(12", Maxi) Total Experience Records FT49744 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
FT 49756 How Music Came About  album cover The Gap Band How Music Came About FT 49756 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FT 49756 DJ How Music Came About (Bop B Da B Da Da)  album cover The Gap Band How Music Came About (Bop B Da B Da Da)(12", Promo) Total Experience Records FT 49756 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version