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The Chi-Lites peak in prominence

Many Chi-Lites hits were co-written by Eugene record's partner, Barbara Acklin.
Many Chi-Lites hits were co-written by Eugene record's partner, Barbara Acklin.
Original Cover: Brunswick Records

Record album by The Chi-Lites: Chi-Lites (1973)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Chi-Lites, a self-titled album, was released late in 1973. Several tracks scored well on R&B charts in 1974, but the album marked the end of the group’s prominence.

Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl,” the group’s biggest pop hits, were sandwiched between a run of R&B hits that had begun in the late 1960s. Perhaps Chi-Lites was given that title to symbolize the group’s reorganization as a trio in 1973.

Stoned Out of My Mind” and “Homely Girl” became Top Five R&B hits. The album’s other popular songs include “Go Away Dream,” “Too Good to Be Forgotten,” “I Found Sunshine,” and “I Forgot to Say I Love You Till I’m Gone.” The underrated gem is “Never Had It So Good (and Felt So Bad),” a ballad about the joy of being single again turning into remorse.

After 1973 the Chi-Lites endured many lineup changes, including times when Eugene Record and Credell Jones rejoined. Robert “Squirrel” Lester performed with the group until his death in 2010. Marshall Thompson is now the only original and surviving member.

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Eugene Record co-wrote many Chi-Lites hits with his Brunswick label mate Barbara Acklin. She is best known for the hit, “Love Makes a Woman.” Her song “Am I The Same Girl,” was re-recorded as the instrumental hit, “Soulful Strut.”