Toby (album)

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Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released June 1974
Genre R&B, soul
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
Half a Love
Professional ratings
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Toby is the seventh studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1974 on the Brunswick label.

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By 1974, Brunswick had started to struggle financially so Toby was less heavily-promoted than the group's previous albums and fared less well commercially. It was the first Chi-Lites album since 1970 to stall outside the R&B top 10 (peaking at #12) and to miss the top 100 on the Pop listings. Three singles from the album were top 20 R&B hits. In the UK however, where the Chi-Lites had previously established themselves as a successful singles group, none of the issued singles made any impact on the national chart.

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Track listing

Side one
1."Toby" Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin 3:44
2."You Got to Be the One"Eugene Record, Marshall Arrington3:54
3."The Sound of Lonely"Eugene Record, Stan McKenney5:01
4."The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)" Chesley McCaull 5:26
5."There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)"Eugene Record5:12
Side two
6."That's How Long"Archie Powell, Tony Boyd5:03
7."Happiness Is Your Middle Name"Eugene Record3:33
8."I Lied"Eugene Record5:40
9."I Like to Live the Love (That I Sing About)" Dave Crawford, Charles Mann 4:00
10."Gettin' on Outta Town"Eugene Record, Sandra Drayton2:50


Chart (1974)Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 181
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 12
YearSinglePeak chart positions

1974"There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)"638
"You Got to Be the One"8315
"That's How Long"

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