So begins the biography of SKYY to announce the release of their fourth album, “SKYYLINE” recorded by the hit R&B group under the Salsoul Records label.

The epic tale of the Brooklyn, New York-based band SKYY had its humble beginnings when the sister trio vocalists, Denise, Dolores and Bonne Dunning, met Solomon Roberts, Jr., in 1973. In 1976, the Dunning Sisters, along with Solomon (vocals and rhythm guitar), Anibal “Booche” Sierra (lead guitar), and Gerald Lebon (bass) officially formed the group. Tom McConnell (drums) joined the group a short time later. Larry Greenberg, Wayne Wilentz, and Vinnie DiPaolo (keyboards) worked with SKYY over their 13-year performance history.

In 1979, SKYY signed their first record deal with Salsoul Records, a New York-based record label that operated from 1974 to 1985.

 

EVENTS

Friday April 7, 2006

The Ladies of SKYY
@ the VUDU Lounge
1487 1st Avenue
(between 77th & 78th St.) in Manhattan. 

Doors open @ 6:00 pm
Showtime 8:30 PM

LINKS

98.7 Kiss FM

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Flashbacks

 

Salsoul Records was best known for being the first label to release the commercial twelve-inch record. “First Time Around” was the first of many successful singles. The singles “High,” “Here's To You,” and “Skyyzoo” raised the group’s profile over the next few years and solidified their successful relationship with Salsoul Records. That relationship propelled the group to their all-time Number One best-selling album, “SKYYLINE” (Certified RIAA Gold Album) and their Number One smash hit record “Call Me” (Certified RIAA Gold Single).

SKYY moved to Capital Records in 1986 and recorded the album “From the Left Side.” The video for the single of the same name was one of the first to be shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, Queens, New York. SKYY re-emerged in 1989 on Atlantic Records, where they recorded two albums. “Start of a Romance” contained their comeback singles “Start of a Romance” and “Real Love.” Both singles reached Number One status on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. The last album recorded for Atlantic Records, “Nearer to You,” best showcased the vocal talents of the Dunning Sisters.

For twelve years, the phenomenal success of SKYY’S music afforded them the opportunity to perform on major tours across the United States, the Bahamas, Germany, Italy, Holland, England, Japan, and Africa. In 1991, the Group decided to give the road life a much-needed rest.

SKYY’s music is still being heard on old school R&B radio stations and Cable TV Smooth R&B stations across the country. The hit record “Call Me” continues to be a favorite of old school R&B radio almost 25 years after its release. With the addition of the song “Call Me” to the soundtrack of the just released movie “Beauty Shop,” the epic tale of SKYY continues…..


Another chapter of the epic tale of SKYY is being written. With the continuous popularity of SKYY’s songs over the years and the demand to hear them perform live, the vocalists of the group - sisters Denise, Dolores, and Bonné Dunning - have been prompted to “band” together again. In 1998, to the delight of SKYY fans, the LADIES OF SKYY returned to the stage to bring back the flavor of the SKYY era.

The LADIES OF SKYY have performed at the International African Arts Festival in Jamaica, Queens, the LAB in Brooklyn, New York, Brokers in East Orange, New Jersey, and After Five in Queens, New York. They also have headlined two fashion shows sponsored by Austin Kwame Wilkinson Enterprises and were taped by “KC the Prince of Soul,” for the cable television show “The Total Package of New York City.” A special on the LADIES OF SKYY is in the planning stages for the show “Flashbacks,” produced by John Adams for Brooklyn Cable Access Television. The LADIES OF SKYY performed to a standing-room only crowd in June 2005 at the Vudu Lounge, New York, New York. That performance is the first in their “Back to the Planet” concert series, and was chronicled by John for the special. The LADIES OF SKYY also will be featured in a chapter of the book “Flashbacks to Happiness - 80s Music Revisited,” by Randolph Michaels.

Some of the performance credits for the LADIES OF SKYY include:

“NYC Legends of Funk” concert at Tramps in New York City. They were reunited with the Brooklyn-based groups Brass Construction, Crown Heights Affair, BT Express, Fatback Band, and First Circle.

Windows on the World’s Greatest Bar on Earth at the World Trade Center. The Greatest Bar featured groups of the 70’s and 80’s for its summertime entertainment roster, which included Loleata Holloway, Brass Construction, and Crown Heights Affair.

The annual Juneteenth festival held in Syracuse, New York.
∑ Two yacht party performances, one for New York City Radio Station 98.7 KISS FM’s Classic Soul Series, and the other for Elmo “The Magic” Christian’s yearly summer yacht party extravaganza.

A Funk Fest concert sponsored by 94.5K Soul Radio station in Trinity Park, Dallas, Texas, where they were reunited with former road companions SOS Band, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, Slave, and Lakeside, among others.

The kick-off event for the annual National Black Theatre Alliance Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The legend of SKYY continues ………with the LADIES OF SKYY.


Television Show Appearances

Soul Train (twice), American Bandstand, the Merv Griffin Show, Showtime at the Apollo, Solid Gold, BET with Donny Simpson, Disco Ring (RAI Television, Italy), Soap Factory, Joe Franklin's Memory Lane, The Total Package of New York City, Flashbacks.

Commercials and Soundtracks

Commercial for Schlitz Malt Liquor with the Drifters “Lover’s Celebration”:
“Action Jackson” soundtrack
starring Carl Weathers

“Call Me”:
“Beauty Shop” soundtrack
starring Queen Latifah



Lady SKYY Productions was formed in 2000 by Denise Dunning-Wilkinson to administrate and coordinate activities for the Ladies of SKYY. LadySKYY Productions works closely with Ominous B. Lurkin of the talented production team Government Beats to bring a new school flavor to the musical tracks used in the Ladies of SKYY performances. LadySKYY Productions works in conjunction with Austin Kwame Wilkinson Enterprises to co-produce fashion shows, events, and weekend trips that feature the Ladies of SKYY and other well-known R&B performers. LadySKYY Productions also provides consulting services to new, unsigned performing artists.