The Show Stoppers (a.k.a. The Showstoppers) were an R&B/soul quartet from Philadelphia that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best remembered for the exuberant foot stomping dance classic, "Ain't Nothin' But A House Party."
The Show Stoppers were formed in 1967 by two sets of brothers who were all students at Germantown High School in Philadelphia: Elec Edward "Alex" and Vladimir H. "Laddie" Burke, and Earl and Fleming Tinsley "Timmy" Smith III (February 1, 1948 - May 12, 2013). Alex (b. February 16, 1948) and Laddie Burke (July 31, 1949) were younger brothers of famed soul singer Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 - October 10, 2010). Earl Smith (b. 1949) served as the group's lead singer.
The Show Stoppers made their debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1967 with "Ain't Nothin' But A House Party." Although only a minor hit nationally, this song did well in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and other cities on the East Coast. Upon its re-release the following year, "Ain't Nothin' But A House Party" fared somewhat better on the charts, reaching #87 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Show Stoppers had one final chart entry in late 1968 with "Eeny Meeny," also a minor hit. Both "Ain't Nothin' But A House Party" and "Eeny Meeny" achieved considerable success abroad, reaching #11 and #33, respectively, on the U.K. charts.
The Show Stoppers toured Europe and became very popular in England where they made many appearances on British television. The group continued recording through the early 1970s before finally disbanding in 1972. Widely regarded as a Northern Soul favorite, "Ain't Nothin' But A House Party" has been covered by many bands and artists both in the U.S. and U.K., including The J. Geils Band who took the song to #2 in 1973 on the AOR charts.
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The Show Stoppers
- Ain't Nothin' But A House Party 1967
(This song first became a minor hit in 1967 then recharted in 1968.)
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