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
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:
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.
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.
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.
event for the annual National Black Theatre Alliance Festival in Winston-Salem,
The legend of SKYY continues ………with the LADIES
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
“Action Jackson” soundtrack
starring Carl Weathers
“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.