Five brothers from New Bedford, MA joined together to create one of the most memorable soul groups of the 70's and 80's. Many of their instantly recognizable international hits, such as "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "More Than A Woman" have become classics.
The brothers, – Ralph, Tiny, Chubby, Butch and Pooch Tavares – originally called themselves "Chubby and the Turnpikes". Working the clubs in their native New England beginning in the late 60s, the brothers honed their harmonies, alternating lead vocals, when Capitol Records’ then-new black music division signed them.
Their debut album "Check It Out", was issued in early 1974. The title track slow jam single went to No. 5 R&B on Billboard's charts in summer 1973.
The next single "That's the Sound That Lonely Makes," hit No.10 R&B in early 1974.
"Check It Out" was followed by "Hard Core Poetry" in summer '74, helmed by songwriting & production duo Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter. It listed the number one hit "She's Gone," and "Remember What I Told You to Forget," which hit No.4 in 1975. Lambert & Potter produced "In the City" (summer '75), which yielded the driving No.1 hit "It Only Takes a Minute."
Tavares' album "Sky High" (spring '76) was the group's first collaboration with producer Freddie Perren. Sky High boasted the sparkling No.3 R&B hit "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" in summer 1976.
Their fifth LP, "Love Storm" was issued in spring 1977 and included the clever number one R&B hit "Whodunit"
"More Than a Woman" was specifically written for Tavares by the Bee Gees and was issued as a single from the 11-million-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. "More Than a Woman" was also on their Future Bound LP released in spring 1978.
A greatest hits set, "The Best of Tavares," was released in fall 1977. On 1979's "Madame Butterfly" LP, the group worked with Philly soul arranger/producer Bobby Martin (the Manhattans, LTD). The sweet ballad "Never Had a Love Like This Before" went to No.5 R&B in early 1979.
In 1994, Canadian label Unidisc released "The Best of Tavares Revisited," which had re-recordings by the group of their past hits.