• CHICAS, Roy Ayers mid 70s vocalist. Where is she?

    From marving.2310@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jan 10 08:12:48 2016
    Listening to her now on Mystic Voyage. ...she was born ready!! A lost talent

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  • From skeetmoses@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 16 10:22:38 2017
    On Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, MrStep2me wrote:
    I thought this girl was fantastic, but she seems to have disapeared off the face of the earth. Roy never sticks with one female vocalist for long, but will
    usually go back to ones he has used previously on different projects (Carla Vaughn, Dee Dee Bridgewater). Yet after the 3 albums he did with her (Mystic Voyage, Sunshine and Vibrations, he never used her again, and I havent seen evidence of her working with anyone else either.


    I met them years ago when they came to my town. Me and Chicas hung out. The entire band was so nice

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  • From mail@denniskeesmaat.nl@21:1/5 to All on Tue Jun 20 05:57:49 2017
    Debbie Darby:

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/19/how-we-made-roy-ayers-everybody-loves-the-sunshine

    I remember when she was with a band in Baltimore called Man's Theory. Her real first name is Debbie. I forgot her last name. Beautiful person!

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  • From georgevjohnsonjr@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 16 13:07:48 2017
    Her name is Deborah Darby from Washington DC we graduated from Spingarn High class of 1968. I havent heard from her since high school. Was googling trying tp find her. Thanks for the post.

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  • From georgevjohnsonjr@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 16 13:06:12 2017
    Her name is Deborah Darby from Washington DC we graduated from Spingarn High class of 1968. I havent heard from her since high school. Was googling trying tp find her. Thanks for the post.

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  • From georgevjohnsonjr@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 16 13:06:43 2017
    Her name is Deborah Darby from Washington DC we graduated from Spingarn High class of 1968. I havent heard from her since high school. Was googling trying tp find her. Thanks for the post.

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  • From ellierui@gmail.com@21:1/5 to mico...@gmail.com on Thu Sep 21 17:55:45 2017
    On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:33:59 PM UTC-4, mico...@gmail.com wrote:
    On Saturday, June 19, 1999 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, MrStep2me wrote:
    I thought this girl was fantastic, but she seems to have disapeared off the face of the earth. Roy never sticks with one female vocalist for long, but will
    usually go back to ones he has used previously on different projects (Carla Vaughn, Dee Dee Bridgewater). Yet after the 3 albums he did with her (Mystic
    Voyage, Sunshine and Vibrations, he never used her again, and I havent seen evidence of her working with anyone else either.

    I listened to her tonight and have always wondered the same thing. I thought to myself many times in the past why did she not go onto to do so much more. I mean, she may not be the best vocalist he ever had, and she is definitely not a Dee Dee
    Bridgewater level jazz singer but she is the one that definitely stands out the most of any of his vocalist. Aside from Everybody loves the sunshine, searching and VIBRATIONS she has other excellent songs on the Everybody loves the sunshine album AND IN
    MY MIND SHE IS THE MOST UNIQUE SINGER HE EVER HAD... Unfortunately, her story is not a good one with no happy ending. I was following Roy quite a bit in the early 2000's through 2008 and had the pleasure of spending sometime with Roy and especially
    Dennis Davis. I got the answer to two of my questions and was not pleased with BOTH answers. Lets start with Rick "Remo" Lawson. To my knowledge I'm pretty sure his first professional recording was with Roy on the Mystic Voyage album and to date is one
    of his best recordings ever yet he never mentioned that recording once during all of his years being interviewed by Modern Drummer magazine and in his video interviews. If he did I never had the pleasure to witness that. Byron Miller the bass player on
    Mystic voyage spoke of playing with Ricky on Mystic Voyage but little else has been documented about this. When I asked Roy about Ricky and Chicas he seemed a little annoyed... Dennis told me that Roy was annoyed because a lot of people started with Roy
    and went on to become very successful but never gave Roy his props. THEN the extra sad news. Dennis told me that Chicas wanted to leave Roy before she was MAYBE ready to do a solo album and at some point around that time, or before she got to do a solo
    album she got stabbed and couldn't sing anymore. Apparently she lived but for some reason was unable to sing the same way or maybe her spirits were down and never pulled out of it. Regardless, I didn't ask much about her afterwards but still wonder what
    her solo career could of been and how nice it would of been to have more of her to listen to. Her best moment vocally is Take all the time that you need, if you don't know of that track it is on Mystic Voyage, the album before Everybody loves the
    sunshine. LOVE CHICAS AND CHICAS IF YOUR STILL OUT THERE AND GET A CHANCE TO READ THIS YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND MISSED!!!!!

    Wow! I feel like crying. This lady's voice was so dynamic and passionate, i was sure she was still performing in the industry under another band or group. I truly believe had she gone solo she would have really made it big. This is so sad.

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  • From eugeniaboone04@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jun 27 20:07:11 2018
    She is a very talented and powerful singer.I've been following and listening to Roy Ayers Ubiquity since "Everybody loves the Sunshine "in high school. Wish she would start singing again. She has a talent that is well missed.

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  • From pitts.lakeshia@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 22 10:58:55 2019
    This her daughter. She’s still around!! She resides in NC now.

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  • From cyhenson10@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 22 20:05:13 2019
    Omg....Pitts. I met ur mom, Dee, when I worked at Target. Pls tell her it's Charrisse and I had a young daughter at the time attending elemtary school by her house when we met in NC. I'm back in DMV now, but am considering moving back when my daughter
    graduates next yr. Lost contact, but was live to see her again. I'll actually be back down her way this wknd!

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  • From music4me54@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 24 18:45:52 2019
    Hello everyone I ‘m still here! No I’m not dead nor got
    Stabbed!! Living in NC, still got the pipes and singing
    For the Lord (gospel) studying ministry and my music ministry is great.
    My contact information: music4me54@gmail.com
    If you like me to do a concert or just hang out!

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  • From music4me54@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 24 18:37:52 2019
    Hello everyone I ‘m still here!!!! No I didn’t get stabbed or out of circulation!
    Just found out that everyone has been “searching “
    Just took sometime out to find myself BUT never gave up singing.As a matter of Fact I‘ve been singing for the Lord for the past several years and studying to become a Minister !!!
    God has been soooooo good to me and my music Minisrty.
    My contact info is music4me54@gmail.com
    As one of the old Temptations would say I still got the pipes❤️

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  • From music4me54@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 24 18:50:01 2019
    I still here and living in NC and singing for the Lord
    (Gospel) and still got the pipes 😍
    My contact info: music4me54@gmail.com

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  • From onyarosa@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jul 25 19:52:17 2019
    Wow I just stumbled on this thread because I was looking for the group of back up singers that formed a group separately from Roy Ayers. I got scared when I read you’d been stabbed. I’m glad to hear that you are doing well and still using your
    talents for something positive. Take care 😁

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  • From mrstep2me@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Fri Oct 25 10:37:27 2019
    On Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, MrStep2me wrote:
    I thought this girl was fantastic, but she seems to have disapeared off the face of the earth. Roy never sticks with one female vocalist for long, but will
    usually go back to ones he has used previously on different projects (Carla Vaughn, Dee Dee Bridgewater). Yet after the 3 albums he did with her (Mystic Voyage, Sunshine and Vibrations, he never used her again, and I havent seen evidence of her working with anyone else either.

    WOW! I posted this question 20 years ago, and I've finally gotten an answer. I didn't know Chicas was Debbie Darby. Debbie worked with Roy under her real name on Tear To A Smile. It's great to know that she is alive, well, and still has that voice. I don'
    t think she realizes the buzz there was around her. Everyone I knew expected her to be the next big thing, a la Chaka Khan. This is the only video of her that seems to be out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc7DAOH-58E If you have anything new
    or old, please share it with us Debbie! Your fans are out here, and there are more of us than you know.

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  • From ajazzfantoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Nov 24 14:19:25 2019
    Trying to contact Debbie Darby aka Chicas for a story. I’m a reporter in NC, born and raised in Baltimore who also played Roy’s music when I was on the radio. If you’re still checking this thread, please contact me at Anthony.Wilson@abc.com. I
    look forward to hearing from you!

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  • From cowanr4@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed May 6 16:22:06 2020
    Listening to Chicas on "Take All The Time You Need",blew my mind,excellent singing performance!

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  • From phiferd@gmail.com@21:1/5 to pitts....@gmail.com on Thu Jul 2 18:41:45 2020
    On Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:58:57 PM UTC-4, pitts....@gmail.com wrote:
    This her daughter. She’s still around!! She resides in NC now.

    This is great to know! I would love to interview your mother.

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  • From Evelyn Johnson@21:1/5 to cow...@gmail.com on Sun Oct 11 13:09:29 2020
    On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:22:07 PM UTC-4, cow...@gmail.com wrote:
    Listening to Chicas on "Take All The Time You Need",blew my mind,excellent singing performance!
    Me tooI love myself some Chicas!!!!!!!!! Did anyone attend North Carolina Central University in 1976 and went to the concert on campus at the B& Duke auditorium Roy. Ayers ubiquity and Chicas? It was amazing.

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  • From rico WEST@21:1/5 to Evelyn Johnson on Tue Jan 18 13:32:42 2022
    On Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 9:09:30 PM UTC+1, Evelyn Johnson wrote:
    On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:22:07 PM UTC-4, cow...@gmail.com wrote:
    Listening to Chicas on "Take All The Time You Need",blew my mind,excellent singing performance!
    Me tooI love myself some Chicas!!!!!!!!! Did anyone attend North Carolina Central University in 1976 and went to the concert on campus at the B& Duke auditorium Roy. Ayers ubiquity and Chicas? It was amazing.

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