Club Nouveau
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Sacramento-based Club Nouveau, formed in 1986, featured members Jay King, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Pratter, and Valerie Watson. Spearheaded by King, known for the hit "Rumours" by Timex Social Club, the group, signed to King Jay Records, crafted disco and funk tunes. Their peak in 1986-87 brought four consecutive hits: "Jealousy," "Situation #9," a rendition of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," and "Why You Treat Me So Bad," with the latter two hitting number two on R&B charts. 

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Lean On Me

Why You Treat Me So Bad

Situation #9


  • Lean on Me" continues to be the group's most celebrated hit, leaving an enduring legacy.
  • Numerous nominations and wins, including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Bammy Award, BRE Drummer Award, Bay Area Star Award, and NARM Awards.
  • Notable hits include "Jealousy," "Situation #9," "Lean on Me," and "Why You Treat Me So Bad."
  • "Lean on Me" reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1987.
  • Nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 1987.
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