The Ritchie Family - Arabian Nights

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  The Ritchie Family, an American vocal group based in Philadelphia, achieved several hits during the disco era.

The four original members were not related; the group was a creation of Jacques Morali who also formed the Village People. The group took its name from record producer Richie Rome, who added a T to the name; it originally consisted of four singers: Jean Davis, Cassandra Wooten, Gwen Oliver (who eventually married musician Fred Wesley), and Nadine Felder originally known as Honey & The Bees. Their manager was Jimmy Bishop, a successful Philadelphia radio personality who also managed Barbara Mason. Morali remembered Felder and Wooten had done some session work for him, and he called them a few years later when he wanted to form a group and the Ritchie Family was born.

Their first hit single, a reworking of the 1930s song "Brazil" reached the Top 20 in the United States in 1975, and the album, also titled Brazil, sold well. The following year they released the album "Arabian Nights", and with it the single "The Best Disco in Town". The song was a medley of recent disco songs linked together with an original chorus and it became a worldwide hit.



Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
1975 Brazil 53 26 36   20th Century
1976 Arabian Nights 30 23 3 7 13 17 44
  • CAN: Gold
1977 Life Is Music 100 23 49 35  
African Queens 164 57 66  
1978 American Generation 148 78  
1979 Bad Reputation 76   Cacablanca
1980 Give Me a Break  
1981 I'll Do My Best 203 36   RCA Victor
1983 All Night All Right  
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



The Ritchie Family - Arabian Nights

U.K. Polydor 2383416 stereo (1976)

Album produced by Jacques Morali and Ritchie Rome.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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