Tavares (a.k.a. The Tavares Brothers) is a veteran R&B/soul music family group with a tremendous crossover appeal that became one of the top acts of the disco era of the late 1970s. The original members consisted of brothers Ralph (Ralph Edward Vierra Tavares, b. December 10, 1941), Pooch (Arthur Paul Tavares, b. November 12, 1942), Chubby (Antone Lee Tavares, b. June 2, 1944), Butch (Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr., b. May 18, 1948), and Tiny (Perry Lee Tavares, b. October 23, 1949), with some personnel changes over the years. Their origins date back to 1959 when the five brothers started performing as Chubby & The Turnpikes while the youngest brother, Tiny, was still only nine. They signed with Capitol Records in 1967 and released several singles during the late 1960s that became regional hits in the Northeast.
By 1973, the group had become known as Tavares, and the brothers made their national debut with the ballad, "Check It Out," the first in a long string of hits through the early 1980s on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts. The following year, the group released its debut album by that name featuring lead vocals by brother Victor on the title song. Among Tavares' greatest hits are three R&B chart toppers: the Hall & Oates-penned "She's Gone" (1974), which later became a Top 10 hit on the Pop/Rock charts for the pop duo, "It Only Takes A Minute" (1975), and "Whodunit" (1977). In 1976, the group topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel," which soon after went gold. Other songs for which Tavares became famous include "Remember What I Told You To Forget" (1975), "Don't Take Away The Music" (1976), and "More Than A Woman" (1977), the Bee Gees-penned disco smash that was part of the Grammy-winning soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever."
Tavares has continued to tour and record actively to the present day, with a current lineup consisting of Butch, Chubby, Pooch, and Tiny Tavares. The group was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
- Visit the official website of Tavares for a detailed history of the band and touring schedule.
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