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Joseph Stephen "Stevie" Woods, Jr. (July 2, 1951 – January 28, 2014) was an American R&B musician and recording artist.

Biography[edit]

Born in Chatham, Virginia[1] to Rusty Bryant,[2] Woods saw brief stateside success as a singer in the early 1980s, scoring two Top 40 hits in the United States: "Steal the Night" and "Just Can't Win 'Em All." In the 1970s and 1980s Stevie was married to Hollywood actress/entrepreneur Cheri (Lewis) Woods. In 1985 they had a daughter, Tiana Woods, now an L.A. based singer/songwriter and front woman for the band "Varna." Cheri later chronicled their life together in her book "Death Row Madam: Exposing sex and drugs in the entertainment industry." After his brief U.S. fame fizzled, Woods relocated to Germany, where he successfully relaunched his career with such projects as the single "Rock Me Baby" and a starring role in the hit musical Starlight Express.[1][3][4] In 2010, all three of Woods' early-1980s albums were reissued on CD by Wounded Bird Records.[3] The following year, the singer released an album entitled Quiet Storm.[5]

According to Cheri Woods' 2001 memoir Death Row Madam, Stevie Woods was a cousin of American actor Philip Michael Thomas.[1] He was also a former Marine and a graduate of Austin Community College.[6]

Woods died in Berlin, Germany of diabetes-related complications on January 28, 2014.[7][8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Take Me to Your Heaven (Cotillion Records, 1981) U.S. #153, U.S. R&B #44[9]
  • The Woman in My Life (Cotillion, 1982)
  • Attitude (Cotillion, 1983)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[10]
Billboard Hot 100 US R&B US A/C
1981 "Steal the Night" 25 36 14
1982 "Just Can't Win 'Em All" 38 57 15
"Fly Away" 84 23
"The Woman in My Life" 42
1983 "Ain't That Peculiar" 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Woods, Cheri. Death Row Madam: Exposing Sex and Drugs in the Entertainment Industry. Taking Care of Business, 2001.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  3. ^ a b "Stevie Woods | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Take Me To Your Heaven (Reissue) (2011) | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Stevie Woods | Quiet Storm | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ von N. Schulze. "B.Z. Berlin - ‘Stars in Concert’-Star tot im Estrel gefunden". Bz-berlin.de. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  8. ^ ""Steal the Night" singer Stevie Woods dies at age 62 | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  9. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  10. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.

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