What I think...
The BB&Q Band name
was an abbreviation of The Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Band, in recognition of the three famous "other" boroughs of New York
City (the most famous one of course being Manhattan).
The BB&Q Band was a very similar project to all other Jacques
Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi projects, in that most tracks were written, recorded and produced in Italy. The vocals were added later in New York.
The band first reached prominence in 1981 via their single and 12" release "On the
beat". This track was also featured on their first album simply called "Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band" (Capitol). It featured six excellent other tracks,
most notably "Starlette".
Lead singer were Ike Floyd and Gordon Crody. The latter singer also featured on Change releases.
Luther Vandross featured as back-up singer, and further backing vocalists such as Fonzi Thornton and Diva Gray (both also
worked with Chic) and others completing the line up.
first album was succeeded in 1982 by the 7" and 12" single "Imagination". This track came from the second album "All night
long" also released on Capitol. This album had far less impact than their first, with the songs becoming edgier even compared
to the previous release (punk was rearing its ugly head...). Some of the tracks even included a rock influenced guitar solo.
line-up of BB&Q Band changed to include Kevin Robinson as singer and guitarist. The back-up singers again comprised the
finest of the session musicians and included Alyson Williams (who was part of High Fashion), Leroy Burgess (who sang with the Peter Jacques Band) and others.
In 1983 the "Six Million Times" album was released. It did not produce
any hits and was the last album on Capitol. The sound was still "edgy", with vocals and instrumentation somewhat remeniscent
of Prince's 1999. The line-up of the band had changed yet again, with only Kevin Robinson as lead vocalist consistent. Background
vocals came from Timmy Allen (Change) and Eric McClinton (High Fashion).
Album number four "Genie" did not appear
until 1985, bringing The BB&Q Band back to dance prominence. It featured the singles/maxi-singles "Genie" and "Ricochet".
"Ricochet" was remixed on 12" by Dutchman Ben Liebrand. Other remixes were done by Shep Pettibone.
Although the band
name was still the same, the line-up had changed with Kay Williams taking writing credits. The tracks shared a similar sound
as made popular by The SOS Band and Change under the direction of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Finally, BB&Q Band received the credit
they were due through little known Italoheat Music Productions, who released a Best Of CD, containing two versions of "On
The Beat" (the original as well as the '87 Bronx Mix), "Starlette", "Genie", "Main Attraction", "Ricochet" and the "88 Break
Out Mega Mix".
And as it should be, the timeless classics
of BB&Q Band still have fans today. Catering to demand, the three Capitol released albums have been reissued in 2004 on
CD through Masterpiece Classics from Holland (http://www.vinyl-masterpiece.com/).