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Saturday, May 5, 2012


Collection of Pebbles

Although dance-pop singer Pebbles scored several hit singles on her own during the '80s, she has become best-known as the manager (and creator) of one of the genre's biggest hit machines the following decade. Born Perri McKissack in Oakland, CA, on November 6, 1966, the singer (who is the cousin of R&B singer Cherelle) got her start in the early '80s as a backup singer for percussionist/band leader Bill Summers and the funk outfit Con Funk Shun, helping co-pen one of the latter band's hits, "Body Lovers." By the end of the decade, however, McKissack was ready to strike out on her own, going by the name Pebbles and signing a recording contract with MCA. The singer's self-titled 1988 debut featured contributions from both Babyface and Michael Sembello (as well as renowned producer L.A. Reid, who Pebbles would eventually marry), and spawned a pair of Top Five hits, "Girlfriend" and "Mercedes Boy," pushing the album to platinum status stateside.

Pebbles' follow-up recording, 1990's Always, fared nearly as well, going gold and spawning another Top Five hit with "Giving You the Benefit," while both Salt-N-Pepa and Cherelle made guest appearances on the record. Instead of pursuing her solo career, Pebbles then founded her own record label, Savvy Records, and created the Atlanta, GA-based hip-hop/dance trio TLC (comprised of members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes). Guiding TLC's career and serving as their manager, the trio became one of pop's biggest hit-making groups by 1994, thanks to their 11 times platinum smash Crazysexycool. Pebbles returned back to her solo career in 1995 with her third release overall, Straight From the Heart. Although it was a much more mature work (and featured contributions from such producers/songwriters as Sean "Puffy" Combs, Kyle West, and Organized Noize), it failed to match the commercial success of its predecessors. 2000 saw the release of a 14-track career overview on the Hip-O label with Greatest Hits. Allmusic by Greg Prato

Album: Pebbles (1987)

01. Girlfriend
02. Two Hearts
03. First Step (In the Right Direction)
04. Take Your Time
05. Slip Away
06. Mercedes Boy
07. Do Me Right
08. Love-Hate
09. Baby Love
10. Give Me Your Love

Album: Always (1990)

01. Giving You The Benefit
02. Backyard
03. Love Make Things Happen
04. Say A Prayer For Me
05. Why Do I Believe (Prelude)
06. Give It To Me
07. Why Do I Believe
08. Always
09. Stay With Me
10. Good Thang
11. Giving You The Benefit (Extended Club Mix)

Album: Straight From My Heart (1995)

01. Club Laid Back (Intro)
02. Like The Last Time
03. Are You Ready
04. I Can't Help It
05. You
06. Happy
07. Soul Replacement
08. Club Laid Back (Reprise)
09. It's Alright
10. Show Me
11. Straight From My Heart
12. Angel
13. One More Try
14. Long Way To Travel
15. Club Laid Back (Outro)

Album: Greatest Hits (2000)

01. Love Makes Things Happen
02. Always
03. It's Alright
04. Giving You The Benefit
05. Girlfriend
06. Backyard (feat Salt 'N' Pepa)
07. Mercedes Boy
08. Give Me Your Love
09. Take Your Time
10. I Can't Help It
11. Are You Ready
12. Do Me Right
13. Why Do I Believe
14. Angel

Album: Prophetic Flow (2008)


01. When You Come To Worship Him
02. Receive Us Lord (May We Enter Your Courts)
03. Who Is This King
04. Oh, Oh (My Soul Worships U)
05. My First
06. Jesus
07. Surrender


01. Let Freedom Reign
02. He's Holy
03. O Lord
04. U'r My Friend
05. Say No
06. In My Soul
07. I'll Worship U



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