Five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts, joined together to create one of the most memorable soul groups of the 70s and 80s. 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' signed them. Their debut album, Check It Out, was issued in early 1974. The title track "Slow Jam " went to No. 5 R&B on Billboard's charts in the summer 1973. The next single, the ballad "That's the Sound That Lonely Makes", hit number ten R&B in early 1974.
Capitol teamed the group next with Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, hot producers and writers who worked with the Four Tops, among others. This led to two successful Tavares LPs, "Hard Core Poetry" and "In The City". A cover of Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" gave the group their first No. 1 on the R&B charts, and "It Only Takes A Minute" was their first top 10 pop hit.
"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "Don't Take Away the Music" were huge hits from their next release, Sky High, (produced by Motown veteran writer and producer Freddie Perren). Perren moved the group to a hotter beat and heavy sound just as the disco boom was about to explode. The group teamed with Perren again for their "Love Storm" and "Future Bound" LPs in 1977 and 1978. The Bee Gees wrote "More Than A Woman" for Tavares for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, giving the group its greatest exposure ever, as well as a Grammy award.
In 1979, the brothers released the ballad-drenched Madam Butterfly LP. Produced by Philly veteran Bobby Martin, this disc highlighted the group's Soul foundation, especially on the hit "Never Had A Love Like This Before" and three Sam Dees' ballads (including the incredible "Let Me Heal The Bruises"). Chubby, Butch and Pooch continue to tour as Tavares, also appearing on occasional television specials. They still enjoy seeing their many loyal fans around the world and making new fans wherever they appear singing their timeless hits.