A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fameis scheduled to be unveiled honoring The Chi-Lites, a vocal quartet that had 11top 10 singles on the Billboard R&B charts between 1969 and 1974. Some fansmight say it’s coming not a moment too soon, given that the classic R&Bband rose to fame a full five decades ago.
Led by lead singer-songwriter EugeneRecord, the group delivered two of the label’s biggest hits, “Have You SeenHer” and “Oh Girl” in 1971 and 1972, respectively, as well as 25 more Top 40R&B hits.
The younger generation might say “Whoare the Chi-Lites?” The answer that may help them understand the timelessnessof the group’s recordings is the melody and hook of their “Are You My Woman(Tell Me So)” is known by a new generation as Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.”
The group's 1972 song about a relationship on the verge of break-up "Oh Girl" was 36th on the list of the 20th century's most played songs on American radio and television compiled by the music rights organization BMI. It was also the group's only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Chi-Lites were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame in 2000 and the followed by the Vocal Groups Hall Of Fame in 2004.