Undisputed Truth

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The Undisputed Truth
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Background Information

Hometown

Detroit

Genre

R&B, Soul, Motown

Years Active

1970 - 1981
1990 - Present

Website

therealundisputedtruth.com

Current Members

Joe "Pep" Harris
Brenda Joyce Evans
DaZee Luv
Jaki G Fondren

Former Members

Billie Rae Calvin, Virginia "Vee" McDonald, Tyrone "Big Ty" Douglas, Tyrone "Lil Ty" Barkley and Calvin "Dhaak" Stephenson, Belita Woods, Carl Smalls

About

The Undisputed Truth was a 1970s Motown recording act, assembled by record producer Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. In 1970, Motown producer Norman Whitfield - partly as a response to criticism from Temptations fans that he was using the group as his personal plaything - put together Joe Harris, Billie Calvin and Brenda Evans to create his own recording act, The Undisputed Truth. in the 1960's Billie Calvin and Brenda Evans had been part of a group called The Delicates. In 1971 their single Top 40 hit in the United States was the ominous "Smiling Faces Sometimes," originally recorded by The Temptations, which hit #3 on the US Pop Charts. Although they could never recreate the success of "Smiling Faces" they continued to make chart appearances throughout the early 1970s. They found some success with songs like "What It Is" (1972) and "Law of the Land" (1973) becoming modest hits on the US R&B Charts. In 1973, nevertheless, dissatisfied with the lack of major success, Brenda Evans left. She was briefly replaced by singer Diane Evans, but both she and Billie Calvin then left. Norman Whitfield subsequently took the opportunity to expand the group, and Joe Harris was joined by Virginia "Vee" McDonald, Tyrone "Big Ty" Douglas, Tyrone "Lil Ty" Barkley and Calvin "Dhaak" Stephenson. The latter four were all members of The Magic Tones, a Detroit soul group with similarities to George Clinton's pre-Funkadelic Parliament. The Undisputed Truth, followed Whitfield during his exodus from Motown to set up Whitfield Records in 1975. Both Virginia McDonald and Tyrone Douglas then left. The group went through many personnel changes thereafter, although original member Joe Harris remained with the group throughout.

The group had relatively little success at their new label, and faded into obscurity after two more albums. They did make their only ever entry into the UK Singles Chart in January 1977 (#43) with the disco single "You + Me = Love" from the album Method to the Madness. The song reached #48 on the American Billboard Hot 100, their second highest position ever on the chart. The Undisputed Truth nevertheless disbanded in 1982 following the collapse of Whitfield Records.

The New Undisputed Truth L-R
BJ Brenda Joyce Evans, Jaki G Fondren, Joe Pep Harris and DaZee Luv

In 1990, Joe Harris and Brenda Evans revived the group with singer Belita Woods, and recorded for Ian Levine's Motown revival label Motorcity Records. They recorded a new version of their 1973 song "Law of the Land", which was released as a 12" single (the original group's last ever single)





Discography

CD's/Digital downloads:

Discography on Discogs

Singles:

  • You Can't Run (2018) cdbaby
  • Law of the Land (1990)


Videos

1971 Original

External Links

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