100 Proof (Aged in Soul)

100 Proof (Aged in Soul) was an American funk/soul group, who formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1969. They were put together by former Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, signing the group to their new Hot Wax Records label. The group went on to release several hit singles between 1969 and 1972. The biggest of these was "Somebody's Been Sleeping", which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold more than one million copies, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1]

The group's first LP, Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed, was released by Hot Wax in 1970. Reviewing it in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "The unidentified lead singer admires (or envies) David Ruffin, and not since early Smokey have so many proverbs and idioms—too many cooks, Johnny comes marching home, love is sweeter the second time around—squeezed onto one album. Plus the complete text of a 'sincere' champagne dinner seduction."[2]

The group broke up in 1973, although the name was re-used for a totally different line-up of musicians for a short period in 1977.[3]

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Discography[]

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Singles[]

Year Title Chart Positions[8]
U.S. Pop Singles U.S. R&B
1969 "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)" 94 24
"Somebody's Been Sleeping" 8 6
1971 "One Man's Leftovers (Is Another Man's Feast)" 96 37
"Driveway" - 33
"90 Day Freeze (On Her Love)" - 34
1972 "Everything Good Is Bad" 45 15

References[]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 280. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: O". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ 2011 January to June. The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  5. ^ The Dead Rock Stars Club 1998 - 1999. Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ The Dead Rock Stars Club 2009 January to June. Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  7. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  8. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.