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.

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Details Magazine 1992

Jody Watley – DETAILS Magazine 1992, Music Issue

 “If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out…” 

8 dollar Hanes t-shirt — more importantly the attitude and sentiment are priceless and contribute to longevity.

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Jody Watley Celebrating Continued Milestones

A few April Jody Watley music milestone anniversaries.

#OTD April 15, 1989

The Platinum second Solo Album – Happy 33rd Anniversary

“Larger Than Life”

Debuted on the Billboard 200 chart.

Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits

“Real Love” written by Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

The groundbreaking “Friends” ft. Eric B. & Rakim – written by Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric Barrier

Ballad “Everything.” written by Gardner Cole, James Newton-Howard

Produced by Andre Cymone

The album cover is featured in Taschen 1000 Greatest Album Covers.

Art Direction –

Lynn Robb

Concept

Jody Watley

Inspiration – High fashion, good music and never playing yourself small – Make it ‘Larger Than Life’

The spelling error I unfortunate – the cover spectacular nevertheless.
Jody Watley. “Friends” ft Eric B & Rakim

Released #OTD April 15, 1989:

“Friends”

ft. the Legendary Eric B. & Rakim

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric B.

Billboard Charts

#3 Hot R&B,

#7 Dance,

#9 Hot 100

The first original Pop/R&B/HipHop/Rap/Dance single to crossover Top 10 on Multiple Charts.

Jody Watley-Some Kind Of Lover Vinyl 12″ Cover Art.

#OTD April 16, 1988

“Some Kind Of Lover”

Happy Anniversary

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Peaked at #10 on the @billboard Hot 100 chart

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone

Additional Chart Notes

#1 Dance,

#3 Hot R&B

Full Jody Watley Discography – https://jodywatley.net/discography/

OTD. March 27, 1989 Happy 33rd Anniversary To Jody Watley “Larger Than Life”

The second platinum solo album featured Top 10 Singles “Real Love”, the groundbreaking “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim along with the ballad “Everything.” The 4 and final single was the mid-tempo “Precious Love.”

The album featured photography by legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel and a change in the visual style and look to a more fashion forward aesthetic also incorporating designer looks with street style. T

The now classic “Real Love “ video directed by David Fincher remains one of the most nominated in MTV Awards history with 6.

“Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim is the first original song pairing a Pop / R&B artist with Rap/Hip Hop verses to crossover into the Top 10 on multiple charts.

1989

Real Love (J. Watley, A. Cymone) Jody Watley Music BMI, Ultrawave ASCAP

# 2 Hot 100

# 1 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 1 Hot Dance Club Play

Friends featuring Eric B and Rakim (J. Watley, A. Cymone, Rakim, Eric B) Jody Watley Music BMI, Ultrawave ASCAP

# 9 Hot 100

# 3 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 7 Hot Dance Club Play Singles

Everything (G. Cole, J. Newton-Howard)

# 4 Hot 100

# 3 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 11 Adult Contemporary

Happy First Day Of Spring 2022. Jody Watley Wattage Thoughts.

Jody Watley. Photography by Paul Gobel.

Welcome Spring! Wishing everyone the best of the season. May we all continue to bloom, blossom and grow.

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Photography, Paul Gobel, InFashion Magazine 1988.

I love this image taken during the promotion of my solo debt, which of course 2022 marks the 35th Anniversary of the release – this photo could have been taken today – truly timeless!

Jody Watley Classic Images Of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar 1989

JODY WATLEY. Photography Matthew Rolston

Jody Watley, Harper’s Bazaar 10 Most Beautiful Issue (Women from 21 to 48 Talk About Their Looks and Lives), September 1989

I was in great company as the ‘The Top 10’ list also featured Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster on the cover, other inclusions were Faye Dunaway, Whitney Houston, Susan Sarandon, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Roberts, Melanie Griffith, and Anjelica Houston.

Clothing – Rifat Ozbek

Photography Matthew Rolston

For me – though having a strong visual presentation and identity as an artist is important – your looks never define who you are as a person nor have anything to do with substance, character, talent, tenacity and perseverance. One must have something going on beyond what’s on the outside. Over the decades I’ve found in some ways with women physical appearance when others consider you ‘beautiful’ can work against you too, you almost have to work double to be taken seriously not to mention those that may resent what they see and some to their own personal biases, misperceptions and so on – it’s a double edged sword. That said, looking back it’s special to have broken through some of the barriers that often exist for black women and artists in the lexicon of beauty and fashion opening the door a bit wider for others that have followed. This was my second of 3 features in Harper’s Bazaar.

No matter what – don’t forget to be awesome not matter what you look like!

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OTD. Jody Watley Chart History – ‘Real Love’ Debuts On Billboard Charts.

Vintage Ad for ‘Real Love’ – Most Added. Wattage!

#OTD March 11, 1989

“Real Love”

Debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B chart – it would go on to reach #1

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone

Additional Chart History: #1 Dance, #2 Hot 100

Produced by Andre Cymone  

Photography: Steven Mesiel

One of the biggest Pop & R&B singles of 1989!

The David Fincher directed video remains one of the most nominated in MTV history with 6, another solo milestone!  Watch the Video : YouTube – Here – Walk it Out!

Jody Watley Classic Image Of The Day. People Magazine 50 Most Beautiful People Issue 1990.

Jody Watley. 1990 People Magazine. Photography Tony Costa

Along the way in my solo career, of many benchmarks and firsts that I’ve experienced – this feature was very special to be included in this issue of People Magazine. To my quote, my bottom teeth are still crooked though not as much with time.

I’ve considered getting them straightened in recent years. I think it’s ok to do whatever makes you feel better and of course I’m not opposed to procedures, though understanding that cosmetics don’t fix the inside though and perfection is impossible. Our imperfections make us all unique and we must love who we are regardless of the shell we are in.

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OTD. Jody Watley Highly Anticipated Solo Debut Single “Looking For A New Love” Released.

Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 35!

#OTD March 7, 1987

“Looking For A New Love”

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Debuted on the @billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at #2

✍️🏾 Written by: J. Watley, A. Cymone

Chart Note➡️ #1 Dance, #1 Hot R&B

Grammy and American Music Awards Nominated

👉🏾 The smash hit no one saw coming!

#JodyWatley #Icon #35thAnniversary

Jody Watley Word UP Magazine Poster. Flashback Friday Classic Image

Jody Watley – Looking For A New Love Video. Classic in personalized denim and top hat.