champaign

R&B with touch of west coast…

Champaign took its name from its home city of Champaign, IL. The group was an interracial septet comprising singers Pauli Carman and Rena Jones, guitarist Howard Reeder, keyboardists Michael Day and Dana Walden, bassist Michael Reed, and percussionist Rocky Maffitt.

They hit a commercial peak with their 1981 debut album, How ‘Bout Us, whose title track was a hit single (Top Five in the U.K. and on the U.S. R&B chart). Follow-ups included Modern Heart (1983) (which includes the Top Ten R&B hit “Try Again”) and Woman in Flames (1984), featuring the R&B Top Ten hit “Off and On Love.”

Selected Discography

How ´Bout Us – Best Of Champaign

Collectables Records 2003

Tracks: How´Bout Us, Party People, Spinnin´, Let Your Body Rock, Walkin´, Love Games, Off And On Love, Woman In Flames, Be Mine Tonight & This Time.

Musicians on the How ´Bout Us album: Paulie Carman, Rena Jones, Howard Reeder, Michael Reed, Michael Day, Dana Walden & Rocky Maffit.

How ´Bout Us

Sony Music 2000

Tracks: Can You Find The Time, Party People, Whiplash, I’m On Fire, How’ Bout Us, Spinnin’, Dancin’ Together Again, Lighten Up & If One More Morning.

Musicians on the How ´Bout Us album: Paulie Carman, Rena Jones, Howard Reeder, Michael Reed, Michael Day, Dana Walden & Rocky Maffit.

How ´Bout Us

Columbia Records 1981

Tracks: Can You Find The Time, Party People, Whiplash, I’m On Fire, How’ Bout Us, Spinnin’, Dancin’ Together Again, Lighten Up & If One More Morning.

Musicians on the How ´Bout Us album: Paulie Carman, Rena Jones, Howard Reeder, Michael Reed, Michael Day, Dana Walden & Rocky Maffit.

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