Shannon - Let The Music Play (Official Music Video)

  • Published: 23 October 2010
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    Shannon (born Brenda Shannon Greene,May 2, 1958) is an American singer. She is best known for her 1983 million-selling record, "Let the Music Play". The record re-defined the electro-funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced "I.O.U" by Freeez) developed in 1982, which would eventually be called freestyle music.

    In the spring of 1983, Greene was enrolled at York College and toured with the New York Jazz Ensemble. Quintin Hicks, an associate of the production team of Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa, later saw Shannon singing with a live band in her cousin's recording studio. Shannon auditioned for Liggett and Barbosa with the song "She Can't Love You Like I Do". They introduced her to the track "Fire and Ice", which would later evolve into Shannon's signature song, "Let the Music Play". This title would also be applied to Shannon's debut album.

    In July 1983, the "Let the Music Play" single was released and Shannon was invited back to record more songs with Liggett and Barbosa. The single reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard"s United States R&B and Hot Dance and Club Play Chart chart. Today, it is ranked #23 among Billboard's best dance songs of all time.

    Her debut album, Let the Music Play, was released in February 1984. The follow-up single from the album was "Give Me Tonight", which hit the top spot on the Hot Dance, Club Play and R&B chart. It also became a significant hit on Urban radio. It was one of Billboard's top 30 dance songs for the year 1985. In the U.S., the third single was "My Heart's Divided", another Latin freestyle track, featuring Jimmy Choo as one of the back up vocalists. "Sweet Somebody", a mid-tempo soul effort, made the Top 20 in Europe.

    Let the Music Play went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. Shannon was nominated for a Grammy and received numerous other awards, including the Dianah Washington (Jack the Rapper) Award, the Hall of Fame Award, the Gold Ampex Reel Award, a certified gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Best Billboard Top 10 female R&B vocalist.

    In 1985, Shannon released her second album, Do You Wanna Get Away, which sported a sound similar to that of her debut album. The title track became her third #1 on the Dance charts and became her third hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She scored three more dance hits from the album, including "Stronger Together", a cover of "Urgent" by Foreigner, and "Stop the Noise", with a video sponsored by Pepsi and Black Angus. Her third album was 1986's Love Goes All the Way. This album was not as successful as her previous LPs. Shannon was Executive Producer against all odds.

    Shannon asked to be released from her recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1987. She recorded soundtracks and jingles, Criminal", for the movie Fatal Beauty and budweiser . While touring the world, Shannon attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

    In the late 1990s interest in Shannon rekindled, when VH1 spotlighted her on their One Hit Wonders series. Entertainment Tonight also taped a special about her life. In 1998, she co-wrote and sang on multi tracks produced by Todd Terri, Tony Moran, Germany's Sash Les Rythmes Digitales Les Rythmes Digitales

    In 1999, Shannon released her fourth studio album, The Best Is Yet to Come, on which she is credited as 50% writer of the album (contracted by BMG). Chris Barbosa was invited back as a producer, along with Andy "Panda" Tripoli and Tony Moran. A greatest hits album was released in November 2004 without Shannon's knowledge and agreement.

    On April 20, 2006, Shannon participated in the Freestyle Extranvaganza concert along with Judy Torres, George Lamond, Cynthia, Lisette Melendez, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, The Cover Girls, Hanson and Davis, Coro, and Stevie B.. The event was sponsored by WKTU, WSKQ, and WCAA in New York.

    A fifth studio album, "A Beauty Returns", was released in 2007 without the knowledge and agreement of Shannon.

    Today Shannon is a voting member of the Grammy's (Recording Academy) touring the world (Kuwait, Badghdad and Iraq) with the US Soldiers. She is also in the studio working on new hits for the year 2010.
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Comments • 4 545

  • Robertson Tirado
    Robertson Tirado  17 hours back

    Go to HELL who hit the dislike button. Lol

    • James Lehr
      James Lehr  22 hours back

      And not even by Madonna? VVovv. Should be getting more radioplay on the "oldies" stations out there. Very energizing!

      • Miss Dee
        Miss Dee  1 days back

        Man,I LOVE this playlist of yours Dani!!!😻😻😻

        • Linda Alff
          Linda Alff  1 days back

          The vocal on the chorus is sung by session guitarist/vocalist, Jimi Tunnell, who was uncredited.
          Shannon sings the answering line but it is Tunnell who sings the "let the music play" hook.

          • ChromerSatanas
            ChromerSatanas  1 days back

            I was selling some serious cocaine when this song came out. I remember my beeper would buzz 24-7 and I would deliver to the clubs and this song would be jamming. Pussy was even better in the 80s haha

            • Juan Camaney
              Juan Camaney  1 days back

              Any body dislike , I will personally punch you in the face

              • Juan Camaney
                Juan Camaney  1 days back

                This is back in my early teens in LA

                • VeryRare
                  VeryRare  2 days back


                  • Dee Bee
                    Dee Bee  2 days back

                    If this song came out now it would be a smash hit!!

                    • Rob Sato
                      Rob Sato  2 days back

                      KICK AZZ!

                      • Emanuel R
                        Emanuel R  3 days back

                        Chiraq muzik🔥

                        • William R
                          William R  3 days back

                          Then compared to now if u feel me u know wat I mean 🤘😉😎😆👍

                          • TheDallasbear101
                            TheDallasbear101  3 days back

                            Iconic dance song from the 80's.

                            • TheLizardKing1967
                              TheLizardKing1967  3 days back

                              Who the hell hits the dislike button on this?! Answer. An Idiot, that's who.

                              • Małgorzata Woroch
                                Małgorzata Woroch  3 days back

                                swietny videoclip oraz super piosenka oraz wspaniala shannon

                                • Saundra Lopez
                                  Saundra Lopez  4 days back

                                  Let the music play!

                                  • N STAR
                                    N STAR  4 days back

                                    Big tune 9019.

                                    • Duke Johnson
                                      Duke Johnson  4 days back

                                      Germany 1984

                                      • sherif aly
                                        sherif aly  5 days back

                                        Wonderful song

                                        • joan clavijo
                                          joan clavijo  6 days back

                                          Que temaso tan hp

                                          • peter bynoe
                                            peter bynoe  7 days back

                                            my child music ,2019 crack music only money making

                                            • honesteduc#
                                              honesteduc#  7 days back

                                              all i can say is wow, this was the bomb back then, no one can touch it.

                                              • Elena Camelia Roman
                                                Elena Camelia Roman  7 days back

                                                11.11.2019 😄

                                                • Zoran Petrović - Šane

                                                  If you are here, you know about the times when music was MUSIC!

                                                  • Carl Danes
                                                    Carl Danes  1 weeks back

                                                    Cannot understand why 3.5k disliked weird

                                                    • Jerrol Hale
                                                      Jerrol Hale  1 weeks back

                                                      The 80s had the best music, movies

                                                      • Ron Burgundy
                                                        Ron Burgundy  1 weeks back

                                                        I don’t care about where you were in ‘19. Just let the music play....

                                                        • Kevin Silva
                                                          Kevin Silva  1 weeks back

                                                          3.2k people need to get beat down

                                                          • Niss Rez
                                                            Niss Rez  1 weeks back

                                                            Me tooooo

                                                            • Armando Salas
                                                              Armando Salas  1 weeks back

                                                              Did anyone else here this song play in nacho daddy las vegas in the miricle mile?

                                                              • Gisele Strauch
                                                                Gisele Strauch  1 weeks back

                                                                still good for the millenium

                                                                • John Doe
                                                                  John Doe  1 weeks back

                                                                  My girl use to get hype to this back in '85! It was time to hit that dance floor!

                                                                  • Yolanda Chi-Town
                                                                    Yolanda Chi-Town  1 weeks back

                                                                    Please take me back ❤ the best music❤

                                                                    • Félix Champagne
                                                                      Félix Champagne  1 weeks back

                                                                      I LOVE YOU

                                                                      • Gary Hunting
                                                                        Gary Hunting  1 weeks back

                                                                        I fell in love with this song back in the 1980's as it was part of the music soundtrack from the movie "Breaking All the Rules" which was filmed here in Montreal at the LaRonde Amusement Park now owned by Six Flags ... and I still love the song to this day as it still makes me feel good !!!!!!!

                                                                        • WPhelan09
                                                                          WPhelan09  1 weeks back

                                                                          Loved it when it came out and still love it now

                                                                          • Lena Marialena
                                                                            Lena Marialena  1 weeks back

                                                                            November 2019

                                                                            • cpk333 cpk333
                                                                              cpk333 cpk333  1 weeks back

                                                                              80s and 90s what a time to grow up best music and movies by far. Thank you for the great times and memories!!

                                                                              • Dani Sire
                                                                                Dani Sire  1 weeks back

                                                                                Quem está aqui depois do cover do RBD. #Shannonisawesome

                                                                                • jeeturbo
                                                                                  jeeturbo  1 weeks back

                                                                                  There is no music that compares to this music AAAA ++++ of the 80's !!! hehehehe !!!

                                                                                  • strictlynorton
                                                                                    strictlynorton  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Sing it Queen.... an electro boogie classic still sounding good 35+ yrs on.

                                                                                    • LocoMenteClaraOne
                                                                                      LocoMenteClaraOne  2 weeks back

                                                                                      And just like that... Freestyle Music was born!

                                                                                      • Celso Bernal
                                                                                        Celso Bernal  2 weeks back

                                                                                        2020 and beyond. Never forget my old school

                                                                                        • Jessica Malave
                                                                                          Jessica Malave  2 weeks back

                                                                                          🙋‍♀️2019 continued

                                                                                          • Daniel Vargas
                                                                                            Daniel Vargas  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Nice music who still listens to it in 2019?

                                                                                            • Dee Bee
                                                                                              Dee Bee  2 days back


                                                                                            • Emanuel R
                                                                                              Emanuel R  3 days back

                                                                                              Real original never runs out of style🔥

                                                                                            • Jonny L
                                                                                              Jonny L  3 days back

                                                                                              Yes indeed love it

                                                                                            • cyberprompt
                                                                                              cyberprompt  1 weeks back

                                                                                              mostly your grandmom and mom and her side piece

                                                                                            • strictlynorton
                                                                                              strictlynorton  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Nov 2019 checkin' in!

                                                                                          • Davide Tigli
                                                                                            Davide Tigli  2 weeks back


                                                                                            • Jansem Gomes
                                                                                              Jansem Gomes  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Quem tá curtindo em 2019, dá um like. 👍👍

                                                                                              • Calvin Lau
                                                                                                Calvin Lau  2 weeks back