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It started in 1959 when Marshall Thompson formed a vocal group called the “Hi-Lights” in his hometown of Chicago with fellow members Eugene Record, Robert Lester, and Creadel “Red” Jones. After releasing several singles on local labels, the group changed their name in 1964 to “Marshall & The Chi-Lites”.
By the time the group changed their name to The Chi-Lites in 1969 they were signed by Nat Tarnopol and Carl Davis to Brunswick Records, where they would soon become international superstars. Between 1969 and 1974, The Chi-Lites scored eleven Top Ten singles on the Billboard R&B charts, with hits like “Have You Seen Her,” “Give It Away,” “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People,” “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)”, “A Letter To Myself,” “The Coldest Days of My Life,” “Stoned Out Of My Mind,” “Oh Girl” and thirty-seven other Billboard charted singles throughout their career. During the 1970s, The Chi-Lites were featured on television shows such as “Soul Train,” “American Bandstand,” “The Midnight Special,” “Sammy and Company,” the “BBC’s Top of the Pops,” and the very popular “Flip Wilson Show,” where they debuted their #1 pop smash “Oh Girl”.
The recordings of The Chi-Lites have been sampled by artists such as Jay-Z, K. Michelle, “American Idol” winner Fantasia and Beyonce, who sampled The Chi-Lites to create the Grammy-winning smash “Crazy In Love”. Over the decades, The CHI-LITES have supported Veterans Charities, Ronald McDonald House and, UNICEF.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that The Chi-Lites will be honored with the 2,702nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. WHO: Honoree: The Chi-Lites EMCEE: Hollywood Chamber Chair of the Board Nicole Mihalka.
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Last Man Standing:
This is the B&W version of the book in its entirety. The same content as the color version, but in B&W. *** The legendary Chi-Lites formed in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, with the soulful blues melodies of the band with their leader, Marshall Thompson, and the remaining Chi-Lites, their songwriter and lead singer Eugene Record, Robert "Squirrel" Lester and Creadel "Red" Jones. Known first in the early '60's as the "Hi-Lites," they changed the name to the "Chi-Lites" in 1964 to pay tribute to their hometown - Chicago. Sweeping the nation with #1 hits, "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her," the Chi-Lites became an instant sensation on the R&B, Pop and Soul charts. Marshall Thompson, The Last Man Standing, tells his personal story from childhood to the bands origination, its rise to fame, and the many struggles along the way. "With the good times, came the misery," recalls Marshall. Losing a member of the band, his best friend, and beloved wife in a terrible automobile accident. This is the story of the personal side of a man who sang about love, romance, and dreams. It will have you laughing out loud one moment and tear at your heartstrings the very next. Last Man Standing, like the songs the legendary Chi-Lites delivered, will keep your pulse beating from the first rhythmic verse until the final note.
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1969 Give It Away
1970 I Like Your Lovin' (Do You Like Mine?)
1971 (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People
1972 A Lonely Man
1973 A Letter to Myself
1975 Half a Love
1976 Happy Being Lonely
1977 The Fantastic Chi-Lites
1980 Heavenly Body
1981 Love Your Way Through
1982 Me and You
1983 Bottom's Up
1984 Steppin' Out
1990 Just Say You Love Me
1998 Help Wanted
2006 Low Key
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