Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t stop the music – 1980 – Live

Yarbrough & Peoples

Yarbrough and Peoples was an American R&B duo from Dallas, Texas. Their biggest selling release was “Don’t Stop the Music,” a US Billboard R&B chart topper in 1981.
Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples both grew up in Dallas, Texas, having known each other since they were young children, as they had met taking piano lessons, after which they remained friends throughout their childhoods.

In the mid `70s Yarbrough, was on tour in the band of Leon Russell and met the Wilson Brothers who would go on to form the Gap Band. Upon returning to Dallas some months later, the twosome started the band Grand Theft, both as featured keyboardists as well as vocalists. In 1977, the Wilson Brothers had just joined Total Experience Records as the Gap Band and went down to Dallas to perform a concert. Later that night, trying to unwind after the show, the Wilsons caught the twosome’s act, and as a result, Lonnie Simmons invited the couple to Los Angeles where they began playing in clubs around Southern California.

Two years later, they signed their own recording contract with Total Experience and recorded and released their debut album, The Two Of Us. which contained “Don’t Stop the Music,” topping the US Billboard R&B chart in early 1981, knocking their label-mate’s song “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” out of the top spot. The song went on to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than any of the other songs released on the label up to that time. In addition, the corresponding album went Gold and peaked at #16 in the Billboard Hot 200 album chart. Across the pond in Europe, the UK release of the song reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart and was also certified Gold.

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The duo continued on with its R&B success throughout the 1980s, with four more Top 10 R&B hits entitled “Heartbeats” (R&B #10 in 1983), “Don’t Waste Your Time” (Pop #48, R&B #1 in 1984; #60 UK), “Guilty” (R&B #2 in 1986; #53 UK), and “I Wouldn’t Lie” (R&B #6 in 1986; #61 UK), all of which brought the band success. After Guilty, their final album for Total Experience, Yarbrough and Peoples left the label in 1986.

After leaving Total Experience, Yarbrough and Peoples married the following year, and tiring of the Southern California grind, returned to their hometown of Dallas and started their own music production company, Yarbrough & Peoples Productions. Today, they continue to write, produce and perform concerts, mentor other gifted newcomers, and otherwise continue to leave their indelible stamp on the music industry.

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