|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||soul, R&B, disco|
|Past members||Rudy Gay, Elliot Isaac, Aubrey Johnson, Henry Zant|
Ace Spectrum was an R&B/soul/disco musical group most popular in the mid 1970s.
Based in New York City the group consisted of Rudy Gay, Elliot Isaac, Aubrey "Troy" Johnson, Frederick G. Duff, and Henry "Red" Zant (also known as Edward "Easy" Zant) who led the group and provided management. These four began collaboration as a group in 1966. Don't Send Nobody Else, written by Ashford & Simpson, was their biggest single. From their Tony Sylvester-produced debut album, it peaked at number 57 on Billboard's Hot 100 while finding its way to the top 20 on the R&B Singles chart. The b-side to their single Without You was released as a 12-inch single, and heavily promoted by their record label at disco clubs. Another single Live And Learn with lead vocals by Frederick, reached position 35 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. Their first two albums saw chart action. Inner Spectrum attained position 28 on the R&B Albums chart, and Low Rent Rendezvous saw action on the Billboard 200 (#138), as well as on R&B Albums (#35). Patrick Adams produced and arranged the group's 1976 recordings, but consequential success eluded them.
Style and influence
Ace Spectrum never developed into a huge hitmaker, although Allmusic considers it a "decent soul ensemble." Their recordings have generated considerable interest among Northern Soul collectors. The 1975 release "Keep Holding On" was one of the very first 12-inch singles. Musically, the group employed a mix of up-tempo and down-tempo songs. The group eschewed the "high-voice technique" that was common for the era. Backing strings were important to the group's sound. Billboard commented positively about group, stating it deserved "as much exposure as possible."
|Year||Title||Label/Catalog #||Billboard Albums||R&B Albums|
|1974||Inner Spectrum||Atlantic SD 7299||-||28|
|1975||Low Rent Rendezvous||Atlantic SD 18143||138||35|
|1976||Just Like In The Movies||Atlantic SD 18185||-||-|
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