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The group consists of vocalist Melvin Riley with Gordon Strozier, David Sparks, Gregory Potts, Willie Triplett, John Eaton, and Gerald Valentine. Here is some background information on Ready For The World from the Oh Sheila Songfacts. Ready for the World hails from Flint, Michigan - setting of Roger & Me - and the Minneapolis sound was all the rage. Named after a lyric from a song from their debut album called “Ceramic Girl,” They had a modest underground hit in Detroit and Flint with their first single “Tonight,” which was helped by airplay on the Detroit radio station WJLB, where the song was championed by a DJ called The Electrifying Mojo. This got them signed to MCA Records, who released “Tonight,” followed by “Deep Inside Your Love,” which both went Top 10 on the R&B charts. It was the third single, “Oh Sheila,” that was the breakout hit, going to #1 on the Dance, R&B, and Hot 100 charts. The song “Digital Display” followed and hit #21, and the group returned to the Top 10 in 1987 when “Love You Down” climbed to #9.

When the band later separated, lead singer Melvin Riley went on to record solo albums, one in 1994 and one in 2000. A Ready For The World reunion album followed in 2004 featuring mostly urban sexy slow jams, that opened doors for ” Marcus Cole “, Of ((Multi-Platinum Gospel All-Stars ” Commisioned “,)) and many more young artist
and new writers and producers. Stoneage Entertainment Recording Artist “DAWAN” was also another Allstar Discovered on this voyage RFTW


The group originally consisted of frontman Melvin Riley, Gordon Strozier (lead guitar), Gregory Potts (keyboards), Willie Triplett (percussion/keyboards), John Eaton (bass guitar), and Gerald Valentine (drums). They had performed throughout Flint at high school talent shows and were discovered by WJLB Detroit Radio personality The Electrifying Mojo in 1982. They gained regional fame with their first release, "Tonight," in 1983. "Tonight" was an underground hit in Flint and Detroit which helped garner them national prominence shortly after their signing under the MCA label. They recorded their debut album, Ready for the World, during 1984 with producer Bernard Terry and engineer Charles Brown, Jr.

In 1985, the band signed to the Steven Machat-Rick Smith management company, AMI. The agreement with MCA was redrawn, and promotion and marketing dollars were committed to promote the group. This proved successful as the group was steered to #1 on the US pop charts as well as top five in all the Western European countries and Australia, with their best-known hit "Oh Sheila." In the US, this song went to #1 on the R&B, Pop Charts, and the Hot Dance Club Play charts that year, becoming the first ever single to hold the #1 spot on all three of these charts simultaneously. The song "Digital Display" followed and hit #21.

In 1986, the band released their second album, Long Time Coming, produced by: Gary Spaniola which returned them to the Top 10 on the pop charts with the slow jam, "Love You Down," which peaked at #3.

Ready for the World went on to release several more albums that failed to capture the success of the group's first two releases, and as a result, they disbanded in 1991.

Ready for the World is a R&B / funk / dance band from Flint, Michigan who scored several moderate pop, soul, and dance hits in the mid to late 1980s.
Founded by Melvin Riley and Gordon Strozier in Flint, Michigan.
They had performed throughout Flint at high school talent shows and were discovered by WJLB Detroit Radio personality The Electrifying Mojo in 1982. They gained regional fame with their first release "Tonight" in 1983. "Tonight" was an underground hit in Flint and Detroit which helped garner them national prominence shortly after their signing under the MCA label.
"Oh Sheila" is according to legend written about Sheila E.

 

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