Where Are They Now: Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr was a known for their biggest hits, “Always” and “Secret Lovers.” They originally formed in 1976 by Duke Jones who was the trumpeter for the group. Other members of the group included drummer Porter Carroll Jr., bassist Clifford Archer, percussionist and flutist Joseph Phillips, guitar Sheldon Tucker, David Wayne, and Jonathan Lewis. As time went on the band eventually formed with the members: Carroll, Archer, Phillips, and the three Lewis brothers with lead singer Sharon Bryant who was then later replaced by Barbara Weathers.

In 1977, the band traveled to California where they played at nightclubs, eventually being signed by A&M’s Herb Alpert. They needed a brand name in order to sell, and they already had established Starr as part of the band name — then they decided to add Atlantic to it to represent their East Coast roots.

Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, the band was topping charts and selling records, eventually they started topping charts in other genres of music as well. By the mid-1980s, the band only consisted of the three Lewis brothers, Phillips, and Weathers. By the early 1990s the band was continuing to top charts in all genres of music. In 1992, they added the newest female vocal to the group, Crystal Blake. But by 1994, their relationship with their latest record label Warner Brothers had been ruined. When Atlantic Starr released their album Arista: Time, it saw disappointment and received little attention on the charts. Deciding to switch around the group again, the band with their newest members released Legacy off a small independent label and just like their last album is failed to meet a good commercial album. To this day Atlantic Starr still performs, though.

By Nyla Wissa

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