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girlgroups (girlgroups)
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 5-2004
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Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 2:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

KRYSTAL GENERATION: Biography


Led by Joyce Smith and accompanied by Darlene Arnold, Mary Shelley and Mary Lead, Krystal Generation had eight single releases on four different labels before tossing in the white towel. The Chicago-based group was part of Simtec & Wylie's road show.

Two initial releases on T-Box Records:

1.) "Good Man" b/w "I've Got to Leave Him"

and

2.) "I'm Gonna Build" b/w "Hard Knot to Swallow"

came out on Simtec & Wylie's T-Box Records, named after the Tea Boxes Band that backed the revue on the road.

Fred White, Maurice's brother, was part of the Simtec & Wylie revue before leaving to join his brothers in Earth, Wind & Fire. Pamela Moffett, who later collaborated with Smokey Robinson and Eugene Record, co-wrote "Good Man."

Released on Buddah Records:

3.) "Good Man" b/w "I've Got to Leave Him" Buddah 123

Neither hit, so they tried a release on

TwiNight Records for a one-off:

4.) "Is It Meant to Be" b/w "Satisfied" (1970) Twinight 138

which bombed.

They cut three singles on Gene Chandler's Mr. Chand Records.

The first,

5.) "Wanted Dead or Alive" (1971) Mister Chand 8006

was a small local hit. The others,

6.) "Please Stop Don't Walk Out" and "Where Does Love Go,"

and

7.) "Ain't No Way To Live" (1972) Mister Chand 8012

never emerged.


A final release on CMC Records, a lovely remake of Sam Cooke's

8.) "Wonderful World"


deserved to chart, but failed too.


Despite their dismal recording career, they kept going for quite awhile, appearing in clubs and other venues before quitting to pursue easier goals. A shame -- recording companies loved artists like Krystal Generation. They were entertainers, on the road doing gigs at clubs, not hanging around the company bugging the owner for money. Yet, it never happened for the talented quartet. Such is the music business.


Written by ~ Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide



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I have these singles:
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"Good Man" b/w "I've Got to Leave Him" Buddah 123

"Wanted Dead or Alive" (1971) Mister Chand 8006

"Ain't No Way To Live" (1972) Mister Chand 8012

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I am looking for these singles:
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"I'm Gonna Build" b/w "Hard Knot to Swallow" T-Box

"Is It Meant to Be" b/w "Satisfied" (1970) Twinight 138

"Please Stop Don't Walk Out" and "Where Does Love Go"
Mister Chand

"Wonderful World" CMC

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Do you have any photos of the group "Krystal Generation?"

Do you have any singles by them?


Thanks for your reply.


(Message edited by girlgroups on July 17, 2004)
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 584
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Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 4:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well I am sorry but in spite of my rather large photo collection I do not have any Krystal Generation picture...
I'll keep looking though...

Wonder B
If you mess with the 'fro, you gotta go!
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roger (roger)
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Post Number: 135
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Hello there everyone.

"Wanted Dead or Alive" by THE KRYSTAL GENERATION got a U.K. release on Mercury records around 1972 and I have a copy of the 45. It is very similar in style to the HONEYCONE smash "Want Ads", and I'm surprised it wasn't a bigger hit. It later became a popular "rare groove" track in the London area around the end of the '80s.

There is an alternative version of the song, by a male group who's name escapes me at the moment, re-titled "Beware of the Stranger" on the currently available Modern-Soul compilation C.D. "You Better Believe it" released through WEA records in the U.K.

Roger
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Soulaholic (soulaholic)
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Post Number: 346
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 7:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Roger:

The male release was by the Hypnotics and there was a great version of Wanted Dead or Alive done by the Voices of East Harlem.
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JSmith (jsmith)
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The Hypnotics were from St Louis originally & cut their version of the above song in that city for 'Motowner' Kent Washburn. Their leader (name escapes me at present) had earlier written a lot of songs that were cut by Bamboo label artists (Mel & Tim, Profiles, etc).
I have a later release from the Hypnotics on a LA based label Kent Washburn was also involved with in the late 70's, Em-Kay (MK) Records.
Kent Washburn (from memory) was involved with Motown releases by the likes of High Inery and Major Lance (& thus would seem to have had a Chicago connection as well).
Any info on Kent and his work for Motown & other labels ??
ALSO... anyone have any info on Em-Kay records. I know they released about 8 or so 45's as I have seen copies of them (back in the 80's) but all the labels releases seem to be rare items.
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 363
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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 9:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard of Krystal Generation. Once I heard a dj stated once that Minnie Rippleton once sang with KG, I don't know if it we're true or not or if it was misinfomation? By the time KG came around there we're so many artist recording here in Chicago, as there we're Hip-Hop artist then and now. I'm sure Krystal Generation has a well rounded biograghy. I remember having sides on them on Mister Chand & Twilight.
Don

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