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Amber
, two girls and a guy combining the racial make up of Tony Orlando & Dawn with the smooth vocal harmonies of Abba, graced the disco charts in Europe in 1979-1981 with tracks released on EMI and the London Label. Their Abba-ish vocal sound was reinforced somewhat by their producer Carson Whitsett, who wrote and arranged all their material.

Amber’s European flair added occasional confusion about their origins during their short career together, as they appeared on various popular music television shows across Europe, such as Britain’s Top of The Pops. Actually, they were from Jackson, Mississippi.

Cheryl Bundy and Val Kashimura  came to Jackson by way of Detroit. At the time, Carson Whitsett was the keyboardist in the Malaco Records session band, as well as a co-producer for a number of Malaco Artists. One of the first recordings Val, Cheryl, and Carson worked together on was “Ring My Bell”, by Anita Ward, which became a worldwide jillion-selling summer disco anthem. In 1980, one of Carson’s co-producers (Tommy Couch) came across a song recorded in London. It was called “Together We Are Beautiful,” written by a Londoner, Ken LeRay. They produced it on Malaco artist Fern Kenny. In America, the label released a disco version of Fern grinding her way through “Groove Me,” a record that got great reception in the US Disco markets. But Malaco’s distribution in England was handled by Warner Brothers, who decided to turn the  record over and promote “Together We’re Beautiful”. The decision was justified; within weeks, the record was number one throughout Great Britain.

Enter Mike Mullen. Mike had also been a background singer at Malaco; he was also Hollywood handsome. To Carson, It really seemed an obvious idea to combine Mike with the girls and then pursue recording fame and glory. In retrospect, it still seems like it was a good idea. But by 1982, Carson had moved to Nashville, Mike was traveling full time for an Oil company, Val was living in Japan, and Amber’s balloon was out of air.

 
 

 


 

LOVE ATTACK

DANCING PLACE

I DON’T WANT TO LOOK FOR LOVE AGAIN featuring Terri Anderson

OUTSIDE OF YOUR LOVING ME
featuring Terri Anderson

MAN ABOUT TOWN

THERE’LL NEVER BE ANOTHER NIGHT LIKE THIS featuring Richard Orange

YOU NEVER EVEN NOTICED
featuring Richard Orange

TAKE YOUR TIME

HEAD OVER HEELS
- featuring Terri Anderson

ARE WE COMING APART AT THE SEAMS
featuring Ruth Wentland

I’LL PAY THE PRICE
featuring Ruth Wentland

DIXIE DISCO

 

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