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The Chi-Lites were a Chicago-based smooth soul vocal quartet from the early 1970s, one of the few from the period to not come from Memphis or Philadelphia. They were led by Eugene Record, and scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits, in the early part of the decade.

The group formed in the late 1950s when The Chanteurs (Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson) teamed up with Marshall Thompson and Creadel “Red” Jones to form The Hi-lites. Wishing to add a tribute to their home town of Chicago, they changed their name to the Chi-Lites” in 1964. Johnson left later that year, and their name was subsequently shortened to The Chi-Lites.

Eugene Record was the group’s primary songwriter, though he frequently collaborated with others, such as Barbara Acklin.

Their major hits came in 1971, with “Have You Seen Her?”, and 1972, with “Oh Girl”… In fact, The Mighty Majors (“You Can Never Go Back”) won 1st Place at the Apollo Theatre Wednesday night Talent Show the night that The Chi-Lites were performing one of their finest performances ever at The Apollo that night in the early ‘70’s.

Other transatlantic chart smashes followed, although the output became more fragmented as the group’s personnel came and went. For example, bass singer Creadel Jones left in 1973 and was replaced in quick succession by Stanley Anderson; Willie Kensey; and then Doc Roberson. Shortly thereafter, Eugene Record left, and David Scott and Danny Johnson entered.

More personnel changes ensued, when Johnson was replaced by Vandy Hampton in 1977.

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  • margotastykake

    Real Music

    12 Sep 2:56pm Reply
  • ChiLitesFamilys

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    16 Jul 3:25pm Reply
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    15 May 7:56pm Reply
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    15 May 7:53pm Reply
  • austin360fly

    Have you seen her?

    25 Feb 1:26am Reply
  • celer2008

    tfw heard enough hip-hop to recognize every song on first listening

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sjm26b

    Great, underrated band

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • anthoIogy

    The best! <3

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • madeaz

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • iwrott

    oh girl............

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • defk3000

    Surprised they don't have 1 million plays. Hell, 'Oh Girl' and 'Have you seen her' should have 1 million each.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Kokacoma

    IT'S TIME FOR LOVE - songs of all TIME!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • healallkillnone

    truly a classic

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • DEATHINFIREX

    lol

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • redhotcheebah

    What the hell happened to this shoutbox?! >:(

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ChiLitesSon

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    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ChiLitesSon

    We've learned Joe Jackson's business partner for his new record label is a convicted felon. Marshall Thompson, who Joe famously introduced during a news conference a few days after MJ's death, served 366 days in federal prison back in 2001 after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion in Illinois. Thompson -- a retired cop -- conspired with active duty officers to sell police badges to various businessmen for $1,000 to $2,500 a pop. According to federal docs, the businessmen bought the badges so they could get the perks of being a cop -- carrying a concealed weapon, parking in restricted areas and "receiving discounts for goods and services" ... we're guessing that includes donuts. Before Thompson became a felon, he was a member of the Chi-Lites -- a band famous for "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl" back in the '70s.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ChiLitesSon

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    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ChiLitesSon

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    13 Nov 2010 Reply
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