Heaven Must Be Missing An Angle
Ralph - Ralph Viera Tavares, born 10 December 1947.
Pooch - Arthur Paul Tavares, b. 12 November 1948.
Chubby - Antone Lee Tavares, b. 2 June 1950.
Butch - Feliciano Tavares, b. 18 May 1952.
Tiny - Perry Lee Tavares, b. 24 October 1953.
Originally named Chubby and the Turnpikes, They are of Cape Verde desent, they started performing in 1963, when the youngest brother was 13 years old. By 1973 they signed with Capitol Records, scoring their first R&B Top 10 (Pop Top 40) hit with "Check it Out" that same year, and soon began charting regularly on the R&B and pop charts. Their first album included their brother Victor, who dropped out of the group shortly after. In 1974 Tavares had a #1 R&B hit with Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" (which became a hit for Hall & Oates as well the following year). Tavares followed up that success with "Remember What I Told You To Forget."
1975 turned out to be their most successful year chart-wise, chalking up a Top 40 Pop album (In the City) and their biggest hit, the Top 10 Pop/#1 R&B smash "It Only Takes a Minute", which was later successfully covered by Jonathan King and Take That. This was followed by the above video and a string of hits: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" (1976), "Don't Take Away the Music" (1976), "The Ghost of Love" (1977), and "Whodunit" (1977), among others.
Many of their hits, however, underplayed their R&B background and gave the group the image of being a disco act. This perception was reinforced by their appearance on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Tavares recorded the Bee Gees track "More Than a Woman," and their version reached the Pop Top 40 that year. The soundtrack became one of the most successful in history, giving Tavares their only Grammy.
Later albums, such as Madame Butterfly and Supercharged, strayed from the disco format and were less successful on the Pop chart (although they continued to have Top 10 R&B hits such as "Never Had a Love Like This Before" and "Bad Times"). At the start of the 1980s, Tavares left Capitol Records, signing with RCA. They had one last major hit, the ballad "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (#32 Pop, #3 R&B, #15 AC), in 1982, but subsequent releases failed to match this success.
In 1983, Ralph Tavares stepped down from the group, and Tiny left in the mid 1990s, but the other three brothers continue to tour.
Selected Singles Discography
"Check it Out" - 1973
"She's Gone" - 1974
"Remember What I Told You To Forget" - 1974
"It Only Takes a Minute" - 1975
"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" - 1976
"Don't Take Away The Music" - 1976
"The Mighty Power Of Love" - 1977
"Whodunit" - 1977
"More Than A Woman" - 1977
"The Ghost Of Love" - 1978
"Slow Train To Paradise" - 1978
"Never Had a Love Like This Before" - 1979
"Bad Times" - 1980
"Penny for Your Thoughts" - 1982
"Hardcore Poetry" - ____
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