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One Way

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One Way                     

One Way was an American R&B and funk band that was popular in the late 1970s, and throughout most of the 1980s, led by singer Al Hudson. The group’s most successful record was “Cutie Pie“, which reached no.4 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and no.61 on the pop chart in 1982.

Al Hudson and the (Soul) Partners[edit]

Detroit vocalist Al Hudson, guitarist Dave Roberson and bassist Kevin McCord founded Al Hudson and the Soul Partners in the mid ’70s. Other members included keyboardists Jack Hall and Jonathan “Corky” Meadows, drummers Theodore Dudley and Gregory Green and guitarist Cortez Harris. They recorded several singles for Atco Records before joining ABC Records and made their debut with the LP Especially for You in 1977.[1] They recorded their second album Cherish that same year and released their third album Spreading Love in 1978. By that time ABC Records was in the process of being bought by MCA Records and vocalist Alicia Myers joined the group. They released the album “Happy Feet” as Al Hudson and the Partners in 1979 which contains the R&B hit “You Can Do It” which was co-penned by Myers and a top 15 hit in the UK.[2]

One Way[edit]

When the band moved to the MCA label, they subsequently changed their name to One Way featuring Al Hudson. Their next album was simply called “One Way Featuring Al Hudson” and was also released in 1979. The album included the long 12″ version of “You Can Do It”. Their 1980 album was also confusingly called “One Way Featuring Al Hudson”. By 1981 the band was simply called One Way.[1] In 1981 frontwoman Alicia Myers left the band to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Candyce Edwards, who served as female lead of the group from 1981 to 1985. Edwards’ debut was on the “Fancy Dancer” album and she remained with the group throughout their biggest successes.

They were on MCA from 1979 to 1988. They scored five Top 10 U.S. R&B chart hits, with the biggest being “Cutie Pie“, which reached number four in 1982.[3]

They had two more minor hits on the UK Singles Chart with “Music” (1979) and “Let’s Talk” (1985).[2]

They moved to Capitol Records in 1988, where they released their final album, “A New Beginning”,[3] later that same year. By this time, only Hudson, Roberson, and Meadows remained from the original line-up.

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