Cheryl Lynn tunes

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Cheryl has strong connections with Toto and Luther Vandross!

Best known for her debut smash hit Got To Be Real, Cheryl Lynn became instantly famous in 1978.

This was the height of the Disco era, which unfortunately soon took a hit following the “Disco sucks” movement appearing just a year after her debut when she was still releasing singles from it.

Her third single was within a week of the famous Disco Demolition night on the 12th of July 1979.

Her next big tune would be with David Paich, the keyboard player from Toto, who had helped her write Got to Be Real.

This hit was singing BVs (background vocals) on their awesome tune Georgy Porgy, which came out in early 1979.

Following this first great year for Cheryl, things took a turn for the worse, but not for lack of trying.

After her debut and BVs on that Toto hit, she released seven albums up until 1989. Her last came in 1995, titled Good Time.

Out of these, her best-performing album was the Luther Vandross-produced Instant Love (1982).

Here we find her second biggest hit, a duet with Luther called If This World Were Mine. This was a tune Marvin Gaye had previously recorded with Tammi Terrell (who famously did Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as well).

Being such a mind-blowingly great singer, Cheryl attracted the best studio musicians the world has ever seen. How about this impressive list:

  • Michael Brecker
  • James Gadson
  • Marcus Miller
  • Steve Lukather
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Wah Wah Watson

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Got To Be Real

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You can learn how to play Got To Be Real by Cheryl Lynn using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, TAB, and the original recording.

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