Turbo B


Turbo B
Turbo B
Birth name Durron Maurice Butler
Born April 30, 1967 (1967-04-30) (age 44)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres R&B, dance, Hip-Hop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1990-present
Associated acts Snap!, Centory
Website http://www.turbob.info

Turbo B (born Durron Maurice Butler, April 30, 1967, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[1] is an American musician, rapper and beatboxer, best known for his time fronting the electronic music group, Snap!.

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Early years

Butler started his music career as a drummer for a heavy metal band in his hometown. After joining the United States Army he was sent to Frankfurt in 1985 where he trained to become a bomb defusal expert.[2] After completing his service in the Army he returned to the USA but went back to Germany shortly thereafter to tour with The Fat Boys.[3] In 1990 DJ Rico Sparx discovered his rapping talents and introduced him to Snap! producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti[4] (who were using the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III); they chose him to replace Chill Rob G's vocals in their song "The Power". He chose the stage name Turbo B, which had been his nickname since childhood.

Success with Snap!

"The Power" became a major international hit, and Butler became recognisable as the frontman of the group. To promote the record he toured widely with Snap!, rapping his lyrics and also playing drums.

With the release of Snap!'s second album, Butler wanted the first single to be "Color of Love". "Rhythm Is a Dancer" was planned to be the first single, however he reportedly hated the song, especially his now infamous line "I'm serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer".[5] In December 1991 he got his wish but "Color of Love" went fairly unnoticed in the UK and US charts. Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti then insisted on releasing "Rhythm Is a Dancer" as the second single. It became the group's second major international hit. Butler left Snap! shortly after due to growing dissent with the group and its managers.[6]

In 2000 Snap! and Turbo B rejoined for a comeback, and released the single "Gimme A Thrill". The single failed to chart and their planned upcoming album 'One Day on Earth' was subsequently never released.

Solo career and Centory

After leaving Snap! Butler pursued a solo career, releasing the album Make Way For The Maniac in 1993 on Polydor Records. It featured the singles "I'm Not Dead", "Get Wild", "What You See" and "Nice & Smooth".[7]

He went on to form the band Centory in 1994 with Gary Carolla, Delgado (Kevin Estevez), and Alex Trime (Eddie Gibson). They released the album Alpha Centory which spawned four minor hits in the European charts. After touring with Centory following their success, Butler left the group and was replaced by singer Trey D. Centory went on to release another single without him. It performed poorly in the charts, and the group folded shortly thereafter.

Butler did not release any more solo material until 2005, when his single "New Day" was released under Holy Chaos Recordings.[8]

Personal life

Butler is married and has two children, a daughter named Shannon and a son named DJ.

Discography

Snap!

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK
[9]
US
[10]
GER SWE
[11]
1990 World Power
  • Label: Anzilotti & Munzing
10 30 7 20
1992 The Madman's Return
  • Label: Anzilotti & Munzing
8 121 3 21

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions
AUS
[12]
SWI
[13]
FRA
[14]
SWE
[15]
NOR
[16]
NLD
[17]
AUT
[18]
UK
[9]
US
[19]
GER
[20]
1990 "The Power" 13 1 15 3 3 1 3 1 2 2
"Ooops Up" 4 2 34 2 2 2 2 5 35 2
"Cult of Snap!" 27 5 12 5 6 2 8 3
"Mary Had a Little Boy" 18 4 7 3 9 8 4
1991 "Mega Mix" 28 5 17 5 22 10 15
"Colour of Love" 4 6 6 6 4 54 12
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" 3 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 5 1
1996 "Rhythm Is a Dancer '96" 58
2000 "Gimme a Thrill"
2003 "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" 35 46 10 17 7
"The Power (Of Banghra)" 32 27 76 36 34
"—" denotes a single that did not chart

Centory

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
[21]
AUT SWI
1994 Alpha Centory 40 50

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions
AUT
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
SWI
[25]
1994 "Point of No Return" 18 19 16 35
"Take It To The Limit" 22 28 22 37
1995 "The Spirit" 29 70
"Eye In The Sky" 48 99
"—" denotes a single that did not chart

Solo releases

Albums

Year Album details
1993 Make The Way For The Maniac

Singles

Year Title
1992 "I'm Not Dead"
1993 "Get Wild"
"Nice & Smooth"
"What You See"
2005 "New Day"

Collaborations

Year Title Peak chart positions
SWE
[26]
GER
[27]
AUS
[28]
AUT
[29]
1999 "Rocksteady Love" (Victoria Silvstedt ft. Turbo B) 10
2002 "The Power" (H-Blockx ft. Turbo B) 48 34 51
2003 "Ballet Dancer" (Master Blaster vs. Turbo B) 37
2009 "Don't cha know" (Rumanesta & Enchev ft. Turbo B and R.O.O.O.M)
2010 "We Be Hot" (Regi & Turbo B ft. Ameerah)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart

References

  1. ^ "Turbo B". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p193522. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Turbo B biography". Eurokdj.com. http://www.eurokdj.com/search/eurodb.php?page=display_bio&lang=eng&name=Turbo_B. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Snap biography". Nme.com. http://www.nme.com/artists/snap. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Snap!". Danceartistinfo.com. http://www.danceartistinfo.com/snapbiog.htm. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ James Masterton (January 15, 1993). "Uk Top 40 Analysis - Week Ending 16/1/93". http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.misc/browse_thread/thread/9fa4a10d24891bf/df7e1f2eae37718a?lnk=st&q=snap+exterminate#df7e1f2eae37718a. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Turbo B". Discogs. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Turbo+B.. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Polydor". Discogs. http://www.discogs.com/label/Polydor. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ "New Day". Trackitdown.net. http://www.trackitdown.net/genre/house/track/165462.html. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 511. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ Snap! Albums US Charting
  11. ^ Swedish Album Charting
  12. ^ ARIA Charts - Snap!
  13. ^ Swiss Charts - Snap!
  14. ^ French Charts - Snap!
  15. ^ Swedish Charts - Snap!
  16. ^ Norway Charts - Snap!
  17. ^ Dutch Charts - Snap!
  18. ^ Austrian Charts - Snap!
  19. ^ US Charts - Snap!
  20. ^ German Charts - Snap!
  21. ^ Alpha Centory Charting
  22. ^ Austrian Charts - Centory
  23. ^ French Charts - Centory
  24. ^ German Charts - Centory
  25. ^ Swiss Charts - Centory
  26. ^ Swedish Charts - Turbo B
  27. ^ German Charts - H-blockx ft Turbo B
  28. ^ Australian Charts - Turbo B
  29. ^ Austrian Charts - Turbo B

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