On this day in music history: May 14, 1983 – “Candy Girl” by New Edition hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #46 on the Hot 100 on June 25, 1983. Written and produced by Maurice Starr, it is the first chart topping single for the Boston-based R&B vocal quintet. Songwriter and musician Maurice Starr, then a member of the electrofunk band The Jonzun Crew (“Pack Jam”, “Space Cowboy”), discover New Edition when he sees them perform at a talent contest in their hometown of Boston, MA. Impressed with their stage presence and convinced they have the potential to become a “modern day Jackson 5”, he immediately begins working with them. The producer secures the group a deal with New York based dance label Streetwise Records (formerly owned by dance music remixer/producer Arthur Baker). The Jackson 5 influenced single is also a huge hit internationally (licensed to London Records), going to number one on the UK singles chart. In spite of the success New Edition has under Starr’s tutelage, they part company with him in 1984 when they receive virtually no royalties from the sales of their first album or the major tour in support of it. Starr claims that the tour budget and other expenses (subtracted from the group’s earnings) have left no surplus monies to pay them. For their efforts, the group members receive only an advance of $500 each, a VCR and a “royalty check” totaling only $1.87 a piece. New Edition have to sue Maurice Starr and Streetwise Records to get out of their management and recording contracts.
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