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First Choice

Band, 1971-1984 US, Philadelphia
R&B/Soul and Dance

Female vocal trio originating from Philadelphia. Their first big breakthrough was "Armed and Extremely Dangerous". Rochelle Fleming, Joyce Jones, and Chester, PA, native Annette Guest and a fourth member were originally known as the Debonettes and performed around Philadelphia. Lead singer Rochelle Fleming and Annette Guest were part of a vocal quintet when both were students at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. Rehearsing in Guest's mother's house, the group began making the rounds of talent shows and public events. After contacting WDAS Radio DJ Georgie Woods, introduced them to Philly soul guitarist, songwriter, producer and The Delfonics' manager Norman Harris. By the time the group went into the recording studio, the lineup was Fleming, Guest, Wardell Piper, and Mulaney Star. The group's first release was a song written by Harris and Allan Felder, the pumping "This Is the House Where Love Died," which was leased to New York's Sceptor Records and issued on their Wand imprint in 1972, but failed to chart nationally. Soon after Mulaney Star left the group. In 1973, the group signed to the Philly Groove label which was distributed by Bell Records. Their next single "Armed and Extremely Dangerous," was their first big hit, going to number 11 R&B on Billboard's charts in early 1973. The track was also a Top 20 U.K. hit. Around this time, Wardell Piper exited the group and was replaced by Joyce Jones. Armed and Extremely Dangerous was released in fall 1973. The single "Smarty Pants," a cautionary tale about unwanted pregnancy, reached number 25 on the R&B charts. The album included a cover of the Al Green classic "Love and Happiness." The trio's next single, the pumping "Newsy Neighbors," peaked at number 35 R&B in early 1974. Around 1977, Joyce Jones left the group and was replaced by Ursula Herring. Delusions, released in fall 1977 is generally regarded as the trio's best LP, it featured lyrically rich dance tunes as well as luscious ballads and gave Philadelphia native Fleming her best showcase, displaying one of the most distinctive lead vocalists in soul/dance/pop music. Fleming's vocals are also one of the most sampled, heard on countless dance records from around the world. Their next Gold Mind LP, Hold Your Horses, was released in March 1979, with the title track becoming a disco classic. That same year, Debbie Martin replaced Ursula Herring. Around 1983 the trio split. In the 80s, the disco influenced house music genre emerged new life was breathed into disco-soul groups like First Choice. "Love Thang" and "Let No Man Put Asunder" began to surface in club DJs' dance-floor mixes, and were met with loud enthusiasm from the crowd. Possibly bolstered by countless bootlegs, Salsoul issued a 12'' single remix of "Let No Man Put Asunder" by DJ Frankie Knuckles. He helped popularize the record by including it in his turntable mixes during his stints at Chicago night club The Warehouse and on his lunchtime "hot mixes" on local radio station WBMX-FM. Delusions was reissued on CD by U.K. label Charly in December 1994. In 1987, Fleming reformed a version of First Choice with her cousin Laconya Fleming and Lawrence Cottel, who recorded a single for Prelude Records, "Love Itch." In the '90s, Rochelle Fleming continued to record in the U.S. and Europe.

Popular Tracks   
Love and Happiness on Philly Groove Records Presents: The Early Years, Vol. 2 by First Choice
Let No Man Put Asunder - Dam Swindle Remix on Dam Swindle x Salsoul Reworks Vol. 1 by First Choice, Kebekelektrik & Dam Swindle
Let No Man Put Asunder - Shep Pettibone 12" Mix on Delusions by First Choice
Love Thang on Grandmaster Flash Presents: Salsoul Jam 2000 by Grandmaster Flash
Armed and Extremely Dangerous on Philly Groove Records Presents: The Early Years, Vol. 1 by First Choice
Doctor Love on 12" Master Series Vol. 1 by Various Artists
Smarty Pants on Philly Groove Records Presents: The Early Years, Vol. 3 by First Choice
Dr. Love on Salsoul Classics Vol. 1 by Various Artists
Doctor Love - Tom Moulton 12" Mix on Delusions by First Choice
The Player (He'll Shoot You Down) on The Player by Funkstar De Luxe, TOOMANYLEFTHANDS & First Choice

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Love Freeze (DJ Spinna Remix)First Choice2019Album
I Want To Thank You / Let No Man Put AsunderAlicia Myers / First Choice2018Album
Let No Man Put Asunder / Jingo (Moplen Remixes)First Choice / Candido2018Album
I Can Show You (Better Than I Can You) / Take Some Time Out (For Love)First Choice / The Salsoul Orchestra2018Album
The PlayerFirst Choice2017Single
Can't Play AroundFirst Choice2017Album
The Stars Of SalsoulFirst Choice2017Compil.
Are You Ready For Me?First Choice2016Album
Armed And Extremely Dangerous (Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix)First Choice2010Single
Great Expectations (Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix)First Choice2009Single
Disco FashionFirst Choice Meets David Campoy2008Album
Dreamin' / Gonna Be RichMagneto Feat. First Choice / Raul Midón2008Album
The Best Of First ChoiceFirst Choice2007Compil.
Mix Albums - Classics 1 (Remixes)First Choice2006Album
The Ultimate Club Collection 2 (Remixes)First Choice2006Album
Mix Albums - Classics 2 (Remixes)First Choice2006Album
My Imagination (DJ Prom Remixes)First Choice2006Album
Can't Take It With You / Gamble On LoveFirst Choice2005Single
The AnthologyFirst Choice2005Compil.
You Took The Words RemixesFirst Choice2005Album
The Salsoul Re-Edit Series (Stuart Patterson Re-Edits)Instant Funk / First Choice2004Album
Double Cross / The Greatest Performance Of My LifeFirst Choice / Loleatta Holloway2004Album
The Salsoul Re-Edit Series (Marshall Jefferson Re-edit's)Loleatta Holloway / First Choice2004Album
You Took The WordsFirst Choice2003Album
The Player '03Ramon Moya & Benjee Garcia Vs. First Choice2003Album
It's Not Over - The Greatest Hits OfFirst Choice2003Compil.
Ain't He BadFirst Choice2002Single
Love Is You / My Love Is Free / Let Me Down EasyCarol Williams / Double Exposure / First Choice2001Album
Philly Golden ClassicsFirst Choice2001Compil.
AcappellasFirst Choice2001Compil.
Smarty PantsFirst Choice2001Compil.
Greatest Hits And RaritiesFirst Choice2001Compil.
GuiltyFirst Choice2001Album
The Ultimate Club CollectionFirst Choice2001Compil.
The Best Of First Choice - Armed & Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1999Compil.
Let No Man Put AsunderFirst Choice Featuring Rochelle Fleming1999Album
Gotta Get AwayFirst Choice1998Album
Greatest HitsFirst Choice1998Compil.
Ten Percent / Let No Man Put AsunderDouble Exposure / First Choice1997Album
Dr. Love / The Beat Goes OnFirst Choice / Ripple1997Album
The Best Of First ChoiceFirst Choice1997Compil.
Double Cross / Let's CelebrateFirst Choice / Skyy1997Album
Love Sensation / Love & HappinessLoleatta Holloway / First Choice1997Album
Let No ManFirst Choice1997Album
Love Thang / No Stoppin' That Rockin'First Choice / Instant Funk1997Album
Greatest HitsFirst Choice1996Compil.
Armed & Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1995Compil.
Let No Man Put Asunder ('95 Remixes)First Choice Feat. Rochelle Fleming1995Single
Love & Happiness - Greatest HitsFirst Choice1994Compil.
Philly Golden ClassicsFirst Choice1994Compil.
The Best Of First ChoiceFirst Choice1994Compil.
Double Cross / Love ThangFirst Choice1994Album
Let No Man Put AsunderFirst Choice Featuring Rochelle Fleming1993Album
Let's All Chant / Hold Yours HorsesThe Michael Zager Band / First Choice1992Album
Greatest HitsFirst Choice1992Compil.
Armed And Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1990Compil.
It's Not Over (The Hithouse Mix)First Choice1990Album
Supreme Double HeaderRoyalle Delite / First Choice1990Album
Let No Man Put Asunder (Special Remixed Version)First Choice1989Album
Dr. Love / Let No Man Put AsunderFirst Choice1988Single
Let No Man Put AsunderFirst Choice1987Album
Let No Man Put Asunder / Let Me Down EasyFirst Choice Featuring Rochelle Fleming1987Single
First Choice Featuring Rochelle FlemingFirst Choice1984Compil.
Let No Man Put AsunderFirst Choice1983Single
The First Choice Medley (A Special Remixed Disconet Version)First Choice1983Single
BreakawayFirst Choice1980Album
Break Away/ I Can Show You BetterFirst Choice1980Single
BreakawayFirst Choice1980Album
Hold Your HorsesFirst Choice1979Album
Love ThangFirst Choice1979Album
Double CrossFirst Choice1979Album
Hold Your HorsesFirst Choice1978Single
Love Having You AroundFirst Choice1977Single
DelusionsFirst Choice1977Album
Doctor LoveFirst Choice1977Album
So Let Us Entertain YouFirst Choice1976Album
First Choice Theme / Ain't He BadFirst Choice1976Album
The Best Of The First ChoiceFirst Choice1976Compil.
Gotta Get Away (From You Baby) / Yes, Maybe NoFirst Choice1976Single
Let Him Go / First Choice ThemeFirst Choice1976Single
Love Freeze / A Boy Named JuniorFirst Choice1975Single
Smarty Pants / ChopperFirst Choice / Hot Rocks1974Single
Newsy NeighborsFirst Choice1974Single
The PlayerFirst Choice1974Album
The PlayerFirst Choice1974Single
Love And Happiness / The PlayerFirst Choice1974Album
Guilty / Wake Up To MeFirst Choice1974Single
Love And HappinessFirst Choice1974Single
Armed And Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1973Single
Smarty Pants / Armed And Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1973Single
Smarty Pants / One Step AwayFirst Choice1973Single
Armed And Extremely DangerousFirst Choice1973Album
This Is The House (Where Love Died)First Choice1972Single
California Style / Doctor LoveEddy Grant / First ChoiceAlbum
Guilty / Yes, Maybe NoFair Play / First ChoiceSingle
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