From The Jody Watley Discography and Billboard Chart History – If I’m Not In Love and Still A Thrill

The venerable Jody Watley. Queen of Cool.

On June 27, 1998 Jody Watley “If I’m Not In Love” The Remixes were released and would eventually reach the 2 spot on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. Dance music has always been a part of the Jody Watley music journey and discography. The original recording was a very melancholy ballad from the album “Flower” very much fumbled by Atlantic Records at the time. The remixes of “Off The Hook” would also be a Billboard Dance Club Play topping the chart at Number 1.

June 27- 11 years prior was also significant in that the subsequent Jody Watley classic “Still A Thrill” would peak at 3 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1987.

Jody Watley – “Still A Thrill” Goes Top 5 Billboard R&B, Watley’s 2 single from multi-platinum debut.

Full Jody Watley Music Discography and Chart History

Lady In Red. Jody Watley 1989 Wiltern Theatre – Classic Images Of The Day.

Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles 1989
Making an entrance from House of Watley.All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley Signature Hoops In Full Effect. All Rights Reserved. Photo Subject To Copyright Restrictions
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.

Photos from Act 1 of the concert – more wardrobe changes followed from a high energy and visually cutting edge (of the time) show! Within a month or so, I was able to bring this concert to another sold-out experience at Universal Amphitheater – some of that footage is captured in my “Everything” video. It was a who’s who of celebrities, artists, and a diverse audience white, latino, asian, black and beyond in the house that night.

Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.

Pre-cell phones and social media – you had to be there.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Drops Still A Thrill, Takes Us To Paris On This Day in 1987

Released #OTD April 27, 1987

“Still A Thrill” 

Written by: Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone, David Z.

Billboard Charts #3 Hot R&B, #8 Dance, #56 Hot 100

The first artist or entity allowed to film a music video in the Paris Opera House, thank you to director Brian Grant.

“I wanted to showcase my power register in the vocal range, initially a concept to present to Grace Jones as a possible duet that didn’t come to fruition. Andre slayed this groove and then I came up with the title, theme melody and lyrics, it was magic and an instant if not underrated funk jam. It was a hit but faltered somewhat on the pop side because it was so different from ‘Looking For A N ew Love’. It was important to me at this time to showcase as well that black girls could be different, edgy, and international.I loved those Duran Duran videos shot on location.

The theme of the video was ‘Paris By Night, it always makes me smile when people tell me they have made it a point to travel to Paris and go to the Opera House and take photo’s on the grand entrance staircase. There is no choreography or choreographer to show me what to do, no stylist to tell me what was cool to wear. All the dancing is freestyle and created in the moment with Tyrone Proctor who I’d known from my Soul Train days as a teenager. Another fact that distinguishes me from other artists at that time – no team of dancers, high style and singular focus. I didn’t want to be like anyone else and was clear of my vision of who I am.”




Watch Jody Watley ‘Still A Thrill” Full Video on Youtube: Here

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Jody Watley Appreciation Day Is Coming On Social Media

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Social media is celebrating iconic singer Jody Watley with #JodyWatleyAppreciation Day on February 28, 2022!

For fans in the States and across the globe, Watley set the standard as a trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion, and style. She is one of the architects of 21st-century pop, and one of music’s most versatile song stylists.

Telling her story in her own words whether, in interviews, social media, or her sold-out concerts, the iconic singer always remains true to herself. The appreciation day offers an opportunity for fans to share their favorite Jody Watley songs and videos from her incredible body of work like I’m Looking for a New Love, Still A Thrill, Don’t You Want Me, Some Kind of Lover, Real Love, and more!

As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards, and Soul Train Awards.

The cultural music iconic singer in Pop/Soul/R&B continues to amass chart-toppers!

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PopMusicMatters – How Jody Watley Created A Dance Pop Classic With Self-Titled Solo Debut 35 Years Ago

Jody Watley. Photography by Victoria Pearson

Written by Peter Piakowski

Thirty-five years ago, Jody Watley’s debut album kickstarted the career of one of dance-pop’s most entertaining and consistent performers.

In the mid-1980s, MTV largely defined pop music, so the charts were ruled by telegenic singers who often acted as spokesmodels for their albums. So the charts were ruled by telegenic singers who often acted as spokesmodels for their albums. Dance hits were churned out like products on an assembly line, many quickly forgotten after their fleeting moments in the spotlight. But there were also real stars who made their mark (primarily due to a combination of charm, talent, and charisma). 

One of the most significant figures to emerge from this period was Jody Watley, who inarguably announced her reign as a dance-pop queen with 1987’s self-titled first record. Her smokey yet supple voice, unerring pop instincts, and supermodel looks made her the perfect pop star, and Jody Watley was a fantastic introduction to .. Read full feature on PopMatters

Jody Watley – “Looking For A New Love” and “Real Love” Provide a Festive Finale To Anniversary Show

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Jody Watley celebrated the 35th anniversary of her massive blockbuster self-titled album in true festive style coupled with a birthday balloon drop into the audience on Friday, January 28th at Sycuan Casino and Resort in San Diego.

The sold-out concert began with a standing ovation from her fans when the Grammy award-winning iconic singer appeared on stage. Watley’s 90-minute set did not disappoint! She delivered a high-energy performance from beginning to end. To the surprise of the audience, she introduced musician, songwriter, and producer Andre Cymone who joined Watley for the first time onstage in celebration of her 35th Anniversary Solo Debut Concert.

In the show, Watley said, “It’s a historical night.” Cymone was an early collaborator with Watley on her solo debut album, co-writing hits like Looking For A New Love, Still A Thrill, Some Kind of Lover and subsequent hits Real Love, Friends, I Want You on their work together over 4 albums. With sheer delight from the crowd, Cymone was well-received with continual applause from fans as he jammed with Watley and her band throughout the show.

Andre sat down for an interview and also recorded a message for the Grammy winner, while also giving respect and praise for her influence on other female artists. The former couple was also married.

They divorced in 1994 and have one son together, Arie. Andre Cymone has since remarried. Their son Arie was in attendance along with daughter Lauren along with Andre’s wife Katherine to join in the festive occasion. “The night was truly special, especially with Andre graciously accepting an invitation from me to play with my band on stage in celebration for my birthday and 35th anniversary of my solo debut album,” says the legendary singer.

As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. – Eurweb.

Jody Watley Kicks Off Black History Month As Guest DJ On Sirius XM The Big 80’s On 8

I had a great time as guest DJ on Sirius Xm Big 80’s on 8 February 1, playing some of my favorite artists and songs. Though my music continues and spans decades of various genres – being a part of an era of music that was so much fun, full of variety from pop, dance, r&b, rock, punk, new wave.. from the music to the clothes is truly special. I appreciate SIRIUS for having me on again having guest DJ’ed on BK Kirkland’s The Groove in 2020.

If you missed it and are a subscriber, tune in February 9 at 3 PM EST, for the rebroadcast.

Jody Watley Sells Out Concert For 35th Anniversary and Birthday Concert Featuring Surprise Guest Andre Cymone – Eurweb

Grammy Award Winning Artist Jody Watley

Jody Watley celebrated the 35th anniversary of her massive blockbuster self-titled album in true festive style coupled with a birthday balloon drop into the audience on Friday, January 28th at Sycuan Casino and Resort in San Diego.

The sold-out concert began with a standing ovation from her fans when the Grammy award-winning iconic singer appeared on stage. Watley’s 90-minute set did not disappoint! She delivered a high-energy performance from beginning to end.

To the surprise of the audience, she introduced musician, songwriter, and producer Andre Cymone who joined Watley for the first time onstage in celebration of her 35th Anniversary Solo Debut Concert. In the show, Watley said, “It’s a historical night.”

Cymone was an early collaborator with Watley on her solo debut album, co-writing hits like Looking For A New Love, Still A Thrill, Some Kind of Lover and subsequent hits Real Love, Friends, I Want You on their work together over 4 albums. With sheer delight from the crowd, Cymone was well-received with continual applause from fans as he jammed with Watley and her band throughout the show.

Andre sat down for an interview and also recorded a message for the Grammy winner, while also giving respect and praise for her influence on other female artists. The former couple was also married. They divorced in 1994 and have one son together, Arie. Andre Cymone has since remarried. Their son Arie was in attendance along with daughter Lauren along with Andre’s wife Katherine to join in the festive occasion.

“The night was truly special, especially with Andre graciously accepting an invitation from me to play with my band on stage in celebration for my birthday and 35th anniversary of my solo debut album,” says the legendary singer.

As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards.

Read the rest on EURWEB

Giving Them Their Roses. Jody Watley Appreciation Blog

Jody Watley Appreciation Blog.

Giving Them Their Roses – By Gran Varones

what a time it was to be alive and witness the brilliance of jody watley thrive at every level of pop culture. when people talk about the pop/dance divas of the 80’s and 90’s, jody watley’s legacy is often omitted, which is nothing short of criminal. jody watley is arguably one of the most influential pop/dance artists of the musical era.

born in chicago on january 30, 1959, jody was introduced to the stage by her godfather & soul music pioneer, jackie wilson. by the time she turned 17, her trendsetting fashion style and dancing made her one of the most popular dancers on the weekly TV dance show “soul train.”

by the late 1970’s and early 80’s, jody was charting hits on both sides of the pond as one third of the post-disco group, shalamar. their sound and style made them one of the most influential r&b/dance groups of the 1980’s.

after exiting the group in 1983, jody moved to london for a few years before returning to the US to slay with gurls with her 1986 monster hit, “lookin’ for a new love.” her solo debut album followed and the hits continued. she would go in to win the grammy for best new artist in 1988.

in 1990, she released her sophomore album “larger than life” which included two of the pop/dance genres most influential songs. the video for the lead single, “real love” introduced high runway fashion into the pop music esthetic. it also became one of the VMA’s most nominated videos. the follow-up single, “friends” a collaboration with hip-hop duo erik b. & rakim invented the rap/sing genre that continues to dominate contemporary pop music.

for the past 40 years, jody watley has remained one of music’s most innovative performers, writers, singers and fashion icons. in 1990, long before AIDS advocacy became the “thing” to do, she was part of one of the first global HIV/AIDS projects.

jody continues to perform all over the world and champions lgbtq rights. miss watley is a living legend who have amassed 32 top 10 singles and 13 No. 1 singles across multiple  genres over the past three decades as a solo artist. all this and she never, ever had to gay bait. why? cuz miss jody was and still is THAT gurl! – Gran Varones

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Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley Ready To Rock Live At Sycuan Resort and Casino

Grammy Winning Artist – Jody Watley.

Don’t miss this special evening of live music – classic hits and more and special celebration of 35th Anniversary of Award winning Solo Debut album and “Looking For A New Love”.

A few tickets remain : Sycuan Resort & Casino.