The Beck Family

Dancin' on the Ceiling

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Philadelphia-based group the Beck Family was in the best tradition of other R&B/soul family groups -- in their case, the Sylvers. They were a fairly large group that consisted of one sister, three brothers, and two cousins. Producer T.Life (Evelyn Champagne King's "Shame") launched the act with the kinetic disco track "Can't Shake the Feeling," which featured background vocals by Phyllis Hyman. It was a disco hit and landed on the R&B Top 50 in spring 1979. Despite its title, "Dancin' on the Ceiling" is a laid-back slow jam that floats along while bringing back memories of high school dances. The ebullient "Falling in Love Again" has shimmering lead vocals and effusive horns. George Andrews comes through with great string and horn arrangements. Lead singer Nick Mundy went on to have successful career as a producer/songwriter/session musician whose resumé lists such names as Color Me Badd, Kashif (on his 1989 Kashif LP), Sheena Easton, DeBarge, New Edition, and Jeremy Jordan.