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The first ladies of Philly made plenty of contributions to disco history with their work for Philly Groove and Salsoul. Working with Norman Harris, their 1973 singles "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" and "Smarty Pants" were among the earliest disco hits and the group was named the Best R&B Female Group by Cash Box and Best Female R&B Singles Group by Record World. The Armed and Extremely Dangerous album also featured a great cover of "Love and Happiness."
"The Player" was another huge hit in 1974. With material like this, the trio was cementing a reputation for exposing the grittier side of the disco life. Their label switched distribution and they found themselves on Warner Brothers for one album, after which they signed with Salsoul subsidiary Gold Mind.
The massive club success of "Dr Love" and "Let No Man Put Asunder" from the 1977 album Delusions took their profile to another level. The following year's "Love Thang" forever sealed their status as disco legends. After recording Breakaway in 1980, the group broke up. Today, lead singer Rochelle Fleming continues as a solo artist and their legacy is preserved via the continuous sampling of "Asunder" and re-edits of their singles.
First Choice's Deepest Grooves
Armed and Extremely Dangerous (Philly Groove, 1973)
The Player (Philly Groove, 1974)
So Let Us Entertain You (Warner Brothers, 1976)
Delusions (Gold Mind, 1977)
Hold Your Horses (Gold Mind, 1978)
Breakaway (Gold Mind, 1980)
Hits (Salsoul, 1994)
Ultimate Club Collection (Right Stuff, 2001)
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