Blue Note Hawaii ~ Tony! Toni! Toné!
What makes a music legend? Perhaps it’s the ability to leave an inimitable, lasting imprint on the world. By that definition, Tony! Toni! Toné!’s contribution to music is most certainly legendary: a group regarded the world over as a talented, authentic group of musicians who made some of the best R&B music of the ’80s and ’90s. From fun, upbeat, smash hits like “Feels Good,” to blues-leaning classics like “The Blues” to their signature love ballads like “Anniversary,” the sound of Tony! Toni! Toné! is soulful, organic, classic and instantly recognizable. Their ability to create songs that perfectly married the stylings of the soul and funk gods of the ’70s with the technology and hip-hop infused R&B of the ’90s made them icons of their generation.
The group released five albums in all, including “Who?” (1988), “The Revival” (1990), “Sons of Soul” (1993), “House of Music” (1996) and “Hits” (1997). After their debut album, the trio quickly expanded their roles as singers and musicians to songwriters and producers of their music, leading to their distinctive sound and timeless songs that remain in rotation on radio stations today.
The Tony’s stats are impressive by any music industry standards, past or present: 14 Billboard-charting R&B singles; including five number one hits, and three top ten pop singles, one gold album, two platinum albums and one double platinum album, and over six million albums sold.
Tony! Toni! Toné! also enjoyed success from song placements on several movie soundtracks during the ’80s and ’90s, including, Boyz in the Hood, House Party II, Jason’s Lyric, The Mask, Panther and Poetic Justice. They’ve also amassed an impressive number of awards, including a 1991 NAACP Image Award for “Vocal Group of The Year,” a 1991 American Music Award for “Favorite R&B/Soul Group,” and an ASCAP Award for their single, “Feels Good.”
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