When I first heard The Chi-Lites in the mid seventies, the group had been around with different lineups and under different names for over 10 years. What made them the Chi-Lites most of us think of when the name comes up, is without any doubt the voice of Eugene Record. I remember when I first heard him sing on Oh Girl, I couldn’t believe that there actually was a human voice like his possible …
Those were the times when romance and sweetness and tender feelings were still associated with being in love. Things have changed tremendously since then.
Here are two YouTube clips of the Chi-Lites with Eugene Record on lead. One glance into the audience suffices to prove that neither the group nor the songs have lost their power over the years.
My pick for today is from their Give It Away album (Brunswick, 1969).