First Choice

 

First Choice is an American girl group vocal music trio from Philadelphia. The group produced the Soul/disco hits "Armed and Extremely Dangerous", "Smarty Pants", "The Player", "Love Thang", "Let No Man Put Asunder" and "Doctor Love". They were signed to soul label Philly Groove Records and to disco label Salsoul Records.

Members

Rochelle Fleming was the founder and lead singer of the group. Annette Guest was second lead. She and Fleming stayed with the group throughout its run. Other members Joyce Jones, Ursula Herring and Debbie Martin were later additions. Wardell Piper was an original member yet never photographed with the group. After their first album, Wardell left for a solo career.

Legacy and re-union

The group was influential to early house and techno music, because of sampling by many artists, including Todd Terry and The Jungle Brothers, mostly from First Choice's 1977 track, "Let No Man Put Asunder". "Let No Man Put Asunder" was also covered by Mary J. Blige on her 1999 album Mary.

On August 6, 2014, First Choice performed a reunion concert at East River Bandshell, New York City, with original members: Rochelle Fleming, Annette Guest, Wardell Piper and Ursula Herring. The concert featured many of the group's ex-label mates from Salsoul records. The group is still performing, but without Rochelle Fleming.

Members timeline

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • The Best of the First Choice (1976, Kory)
  • Greatest Hits (1992, Salsoul)
  • Philly Golden Classics (1994, Collectables)
  • The Best of First Choice (1994, Southbound)
  • Greatest Hits (1996, The Right Stuff)
  • The Best of First Choice (1997, Charly)
  • The Best of First Choice: Armed & Extremely Dangerous (1999, Philly Groove)
  • The Anthology (2005, Suss'd)
  • The Greatest Hits: It's Not Over (2006, Koch)
  • The Best of First Choice (2007, Metro Doubles)

Singles

References

External links

  • First Choice at AllMusic
  • First Choice discography at the Soulwalking Web Site
  • First Choice discography at Discogs

Top Tracks

Let No Man Put Asunder 1

Let No Man Put Asunder

Armed And Extremely Dangerous 2

Armed And Extremely Dangerous

Love And Happiness 3

Love And Happiness

Double Cross 4

Double Cross

Love Thang 5

Love Thang

The Player 6

The Player

Smarty Pants 7

Smarty Pants

Doctor Love 8

Doctor Love

Dr. Love 9

Dr. Love

Love Freeze 10

Love Freeze

Top Albums

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
tracks
Philly Golden Classics
Philly Golden Classics
14 tracks
The Best of First Choice
The Best of First Choice
tracks

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