1978 Foxy – Get Off
Ismael “Angel” Ledesma was born in Cuba in 1952. He moved to Miami later in the fifties, and found session work playing guitar in the early seventies.
In 1976, Angel formed the group Foxy with a combination of several other members from Cuba, Spain, and one member from New York City. KC and the Sunshine Band worked as the house band for TK Records in the mid-seventies until disco made them stars. Foxy took their place and recorded an album that yielded the hit single Get Off Your Aahh and Dance. The single failed to reach the Hot 100, but made it to #39 on the R&B chart and #2 on the US Dance Chart in 1976.
Their second album became even more successful thanks to the single Get Off. Ish sang lead vocals and wrote the song with Carl Driggs, another member of the band.
The record topped the R&B chart in 1978. It also reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #18 on the US Dance Chart. Dick Clark interviewed the group when it appeared on American Bandstand.
The band played backup instruments for Abba on the song Voulez-Vous in 1979. It was the only time the Swedish group recorded outside of Sweden, and the single peaked at only #80 on the Hot 100.
By 1980, the Foxy had released four studio albums and one live album, but with little to show from their latter efforts, the band split up.
Angel returned to session work and started producing recordings as well. In 1983, he recruited several more musicians and formed a second group, Oxo. He wrote and co-produced their first single, Whirly Girl, which reached #28 on the Hot 100 in 1983.
Internal friction within the band caused them to start breaking up almost immediately when the single came out.
In 1987, Angel formed Company B featuring his wife and two other female singers. He wrote and produced their one and only hit, Fascinated. The single peaked at #21 on the Hot 100, but topped the US Dance Chart.
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