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Crown Heights Affair

An eight-piece band formed in Brooklyn, New York in the early 70's, comprising:

Philip Thomas (lead vocals)

Bertram Charles Reid Jr. (saxophone / vocals) b. 25th October d. 12th December 2004, New York, U.S.A.

Raymond Reid (trombone / vocals) b. Raymond S Reid, 30th November 1952, New York, New York State, U.S.A. d. 21st May 2013, New York, New York State, U.S.A.

William Anderson (guitar / vocals)

James 'Ajax' Baynard (trumpet / flugelhorn / vocals)

Raymond Rock (vocals / drums / percussion)

Howie Young (keyboards)


'Muki' Wilson (bass, vocals)

Crown Heights Affair were signed by RCA, for whom they recorded one album and recorded the single 'Super Rod', before relocating to De-Lite Records.

The group recorded four hit singles from their first two albums, 'Dreaming A Dream', 'Every Beat Of My Heart', 'Foxy Lady' and 'Dancin'.

The second album, in 1976, at that imprint ('Do It Your Way', recorded in New York) included the popular dancer, 'Far Out', written by both of the Reid Brothers.

A collaboration with their label and Polygram saw the release of 'Galaxy Of Love' charting in the U.K. Top 30.

Other songs included 'I'm Gonna Love You Forever' (U.K. Top 50 in 1978), 'Dance Lady Dance' (U.K. Top 50 in 1979) and the double-sider, 'You Gave Me Love' & 'Use Your Body And Soul' (a Top 10 success in 1980).

The Reid brothers, Bert and Ray, along with Williarn Anderson left the group in 1986 to pursue outside production interests.

Ray Reid joined forces from time to time with William Anderson to co-produce several dance music artists, amongst them Unlimited Touch, France Joli, and Trilark.

Bert Reid, from the group, passed away on the 12th of December 2004.

He had a rare aggressive form of lung cancer that led to him developing pneumonia in his right lung.

Raymond Reid died from cancer in May 2013.

Crown Heights Affair 1975

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Crown Heights Affair (RCA Records 1974)

Foxy Lady (De-Lite Records 1975)

Do It Your Way (De-Lite Records 1976)

Dancin' (De-Lite Records 1977)

Dream World (De-Lite Records 1978)

Dance Lady Dance (De-Lite Records 1979)

Sure Shot (De-Lite Records 1980)

Think Positive (De-Lite Records 1982)

Struck Gold (De-Lite Records 1983)

I Got Somethin' For Ya (Unidisc Records 1994)

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