August 16, 1986 - "Rumors" by Timex Social Club peaked at No.8 on the US singles chart. The song topped the R&B singles, Hot Black Singles-Sales, Hot Black Singles-Airplay, Hot Dance Club Play, and Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch Singles-Sales charts. The song hit the Top 10 in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and New Zealand. It was from their debut album Vicious Rumors.
Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory "Greg B" Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel, and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage, and Thomas had departed, Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted.
The success of the single "Rumors", prompted hip hop impresario Russell Simmons to hire the group as the opening act for 38 dates on Run DMC's Raising Hell tour in 1986. Other acts on the tour were Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Whodini. Besides solo dates, the group also opened for New Edition, Midnight Star, the S.O.S. Band, Kool & The Gang, and Jermaine Jackson.
The song was co-produced by Denzil Foster Jay King. Foster, with his producing and songwriting partner Thomas McElroy, went on to produce and write hit singles for Club Nouveau, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Alexander O'Neal, Regina Belle, Madonna and Swing Out Sister.
Foster and McElroy went on to create the R&B/pop vocal group En Vogue. They envisioned a modern-day girl group in the tradition of the 1950s/1960s female trios. The plan was to recruit singers who possessed strong voices, noticeably good looks, and intelligence. After several audition calls, Foster and McElroy eventually selected Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, and Terry Ellis to become the members of the group. With hits such as "Hold On", "Lies", "Free Your Mind", "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", and "Don't Let Go (Love)", En Vogue has become one of the most successful girl groups in music history.
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