Atlantic Starr made their mark with slow grooves like Secret Lovers and the wedding classic Always. But the band had its roots as a close-knit group of nine friends and family members, hailing from a small town in upstate New York, who were devoted to fun and to funk. With help from Commodores producer James Anthony Carmichael, and songs written by group members David and Wayne Lewis, they shot to stardom with When Love Calls and Circles – both featuring singer Sharon Bryant.
But the band’s sheer size, and the fight for control within it, led to conflicts which ultimately split the group in two. Bryant was replaced by Barbara Weathers, after which Atlantic Starr achieved its greatest success with Always. But more personality conflicts spurred Weathers to quit the band, leading to a steady march of replacement singers, and ultimately, to the departure of key songwriter David Lewis himself.
In this episode of Unsung, members of Atlantic Starr, past and present, come together for the first time to candidly discuss the rise and fall of a group whose bonds of friendship frayed in the crucible of making music.
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