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Honey Cone is an American female R&B group that rose to prominence during the 1970s. Honey Cone was formed by Edna Wright, Carolyn Willis and Shelly Clark in 1969. They were the first group signed to Hot Wax Records. Each member had previous experience, with Willis having been a member of Girlfriends, Clark a former member of the Ikettes, and Wright a member of the gospel group Cogics. Wright and Willis were also members of The Blossoms. They had been singing together for a short time when they were spotted by producer Eddie Holland, who had left Motown Records along with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier to form their own organization Holland-Dozier-Holland. Holland named the group Honey Cone for his favorite flavor of ice cream. Although the the group was based in Los Angeles, their material was recorded in Detroit. Their debut single, “While You’re Out Looking For Sugar”, reached #25 on the Billboard R&B chart, while the follow up, “Girls, It Ain’t Easy”,  reached #8. Their third single, “Want Ads”, was their most commercially successful, topping both the R&B and pop charts. The single sold over one million copies and was certified gold in May 1971. That same year, Honey Cone had another number one pop and R&B hit with “Stick Up”, which also sold one million units. The group also had chart success with the singles “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” and “The Day I Found Myself.” However, none of the three Honey Cone albums of 1973 sold well. Honey Cone disbanded in 1973.

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