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One Of Sam Tumblin Favorite Artist "GUY" Masters Of The New Jack Swing

Updated on July 18, 2015

One Of Sam Tumblin Favorite Artist

One Of Sam Tumblin Favorite Artist "GUY"! "YEP...YEP"

One Of Sam Tumblin Favorite "GUY

From R&B, Country, Rock, Rap, Alternative I’ve always been a big fan of music. In other words I do not care about the genre as long as it has a tune to keep me bobbing my head and some good or decent lyrics.

With that being said one of my favorite groups that accomplished quenching my wide flavored musical quest when I was growing up as a teenager and still enjoy today as an adult was the group named GUY.

This was not some fly by night group they had in their arsenal hip hop, rhythm & blues but was known or got popular at that time or era for its new jack swing style that was real popular in the late 1980’s.

I thought it was very interesting how this band came together. The group GUY got its start in Harlem, New York in 1987 that paired childhood friends and Rhythm & Blues singer/songwriters Teddy Riley and Timmy Gatling with Aaron Hall being recruited to join.

During this stint in 1987 the group stayed very busy as artist writing songs for themselves as well songwriting and collaborating on other musical production projects. Some of these individuals’ very popular projects was Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid” and Bobby Browns “My Prerogative”.

In 1988 the group managed by Gene Griffin was signed to Uptown Records and in June released their self-titled debut album “GUY”. With this release came the release also of Timmy Gatling who left the group and was replaced by Aaron Hall’s younger brother Damion Hall.

Five singles were released at that time none that fared well on the main US Billboard Hot 100 chart where only one release charted. That may have been a major disappointment to say the least it still did not matter because four of the singles became R & B hits:

  1. “Teddy’s Jam” #2 U.S.

  2. “Groove Me” #4 U.S.

  3. “Spend The Night” #15 U.S.

  4. “Round and Round/Merry-Go-Round” #24 U.S.,

These four songs help propel GUY’s album to double platinum status!

You would think what was next for this trio? Well the group followed that maiden successful album up with a soundtrack entitled “My Fantasy” on Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing” in 1989, and also an R&B hit single with Boy George “Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip”. Despite this group new found success GUY split from Gene Griffin with Riley still working with other artist as the main man behind “New Jack Swing”.

GUY released its second album in November 1990 entitled “The Future”. Once again as with the first self-titled album it did not score in the top charts but five singles became R&B hits as follows:

1. “Do Me Right” (Feat. Heavy D) @ #2 U.S.

2. “Let’s Chill” @ #3 U.S.

3. “Wanna Get Wit U” @ #4 U.S.

4. “D-O-G Me Out” @ #8 U.S.

5. “Let’s Stay Together” @ #16 U.S.

There was more fortune for this group even with the success of these five popular R&B singles GUY performed the song “New Jack City” featured in Mario Van Peebles film of also named “New Jack City”.

Turmoil struck this very talented and full of promise group again with another split with after the run of “Future”. There were some stints over the years of performances and songs from this group but not nearly back to what I once knew as GUY.

Much respect and love for GUY! This was and still is one of my favorite groups from that era, they had a funk and swag about them. One of my favorite songs that I like from GUY is “Groove Me” to me that what they sound was all about…

Stay tuned for more of my favorite artist past and present.

Sam Tumblin©



GUY (Band)

Teddy Riley

Timmy Gatling

Aaron Hall

Damion Hall

Gene Griffin

Uptown Records

U.S. Billboard 100 Chart


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    • Sam Tumblin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Tumblin 

      3 years ago from Eunice, La.

      Thanks Mr. Rankin for comment on hub.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great artist profile.


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