The Chi-Lites are a highly acclaimed and veteran R&B/soul vocal group with a flair for smooth romantic ballads that became famous during the early 1970s. Best known for the yearning "Oh Girl" (1972), which topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts, their long string of hits also includes "Have You Seen Her" (1971), "(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People" (1971), "A Letter To Myself" (1973), and "Stoned Out Of My Mind" (1973).
Formed in 1959 in Chicago while all the members were still in high school, the original hitmaking lineup consisted of Marshall Thompson (baritone), tenor Robert "Squirrel" Lester (August 16, 1942 - January 21, 2010), bass Creadel "Red" Jones (September 26, 1940 - August 25, 1994), and lead singer Eugene Record (December 23, 1940 - July 22, 2005) who, with Barbara Acklin, co-wrote many of the group's biggest hits. The Chi-Lites have continued to perform and record to the present day, with a current lineup that includes founding member Marshall Thompson. Their numerous honors and accolades include being inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation (2000), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2005), and the R&B Music Hall of Fame (2013).
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- The New York Times remembers Chi-Lites lead singer Eugene Record.
- Newsone remembers tenor Robert Lester of The Chi-Lites.
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- (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People 1971
- Have You Seen Her 1971
(This song later also became a hit for M.C. Hammer (1990).)
- A Letter To Myself 1973
- Oh Girl 1972
(This song topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and later also became a hit for Paul Young (1990).)
- Stoned Out Of My Mind 1973
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