TKA

Tony Ortiz, Louis Ramon Sharpe, Ralph Cruz, Angel Vasquez, George Garcia

Also known as TAK, Tee-Kay-A, TKA Disciples, The, TRA

Profile of the performer TKA: Tony Ortiz (aka "O"), Louis Ramon Sharpe (aka [a=Kayel] or [a=K7]), Ralph Cruz (aka "Aby"), Angel Vasquez (aka Angel "Love"), George LaMond (real name: [a=George Garcia]).



TKA stands for Tony, Kayel and Aby (later, Angel).



In early 1985, Latino vocalist Louis Sharpe (aka Kayel) submitted a rap demo to producer [a=Joey Gardner] at [l=Tommy Boy Music]. Gardner rejected it, but agreed to hear Kayel –along with friends Tony, Aby, and "Spider"– sing Kayel's ballad "[m=70651]" over rap instrumentals at a birthday party in an East Harlem church basement. Gardner was impressed, and also happened to meet [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Latin+Rascals,+The]The Latin Rascals[/url] –members [a=Tony Moran] and [a=Albert Cabrera]– at the same party.

Envisioning a possible Latin disco version of [a=Planet Patrol], Gardner brought all six musicians into the studio to record a rough demo of "[m=70651]", and encouraged the group to generate a buzz by playing various free shows in the summer of 1985. Soon after, they were signed to Tommy Boy, and released "[m=70650]" as their first single. One month later, Spider was voted out of the group. For a short time, female singer [a=India] was a member of the group, and at some point, Aby departed and was replaced by Angel Vasquez.



Under pressure from Warner Brothers to record only relatively accessible pop songs, and unsure of what direction to take as a group, TKA decided to split up in late 1991, but continue performing until October 1992. Kayel began recording as [a=K7], Tony created the artist management and production company TPR Productions, and Vasquez cofounded R'n'B trio [a=Goodfellaz], which released an album in 1997 called "[m=79539]".



Following a reunion concert in 2000, TKA reformed and released an album of new material in 2001, "[r=798867]". In 2003, Angel was replaced by [a=George LaMond], and the trio of Tony, Kayel and LaMond made themselves available to tour, performing TKA and George LaMond hits, under the name TKG. In 2005, former member Ralph Cruz, under the name Aby, released an album of new versions of TKA hits.

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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 Crash (Have Some Fun) 6 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
2 One Way Love 3 mp3, CD 1986 Tommy Boy
3 TKA - Come Get My Love Come Get My Love 4 mp3, CD 1986 Tommy Boy
4 TKA - Scars Of Love Scars Of Love 5 mp3, CD 1987 Tommy Boy
5 TKA - Tears May Fall Tears May Fall 6 mp3, CD 1987 Tommy Boy
6 Don't Be Afraid 6 mp3, CD 1988 Tommy Boy
7 TKA - One Way Love One Way Love 2 mp3, CD 1986 Tommy Boy
8 TKA - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits 14 mp3, CD 1992 ISBA Music Entertainment Inc.
9 I Won't Give Up On You 4 mp3, CD 1990
10 You Are The One 4 mp3, CD 1989 Tommy Boy
11 TKA - X-Ray Vision X-Ray Vision 3 mp3, CD 1988 Tommy Boy
12 Greatest Hits 14 mp3, CD 1992 Tommy Boy
13 Louder Than Love 10 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
14 Give Your Love To Me 5 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
15 You Are The One 3 mp3, CD 1989 Warner Bros. Records
16 TKA - Louder Than Love / Is It Love Louder Than Love / Is It Love 2 mp3, CD 1991 Anais Records
17 TKA - Maria Maria 4 mp3, CD 1992 Tommy Boy
18 I Won't Give Up On You 5 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
19 Louder Than Love 10 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
20 Come Get My Love 4 mp3, CD 1986 Tommy Boy
21 Crash (Have Some Fun) 3 mp3, CD 1990
22 TKA - Forever Forever 13 mp3, CD 2001-12-23 Tommy Boy
23 TKA - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits 14 mp3, CD 1992 Tommy Boy
24 You Are The One 2 mp3, CD 1989 Warner Bros. Records
25 One Way Love 3 mp3, CD 1986-00-00 WEA Musik GmbH
26 TKA - Come Get My Love Come Get My Love 4 mp3, CD 1986 CBS/Sony
27 Scars Of Love 8 mp3, CD 1987 Tommy Boy
28 Come Get My Love 4 mp3, CD 1986 Phonogram
29 TKA - I Won't Give Up On You I Won't Give Up On You 5 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
30 TKA - Crash (Have Some Fun) Crash (Have Some Fun) 3 mp3, CD 1990
31 TKA - Louder Than Love Louder Than Love 10 mp3, CD 1990
32 One Way Love 3 mp3, CD 1986 Phonogram
33 I Won't Give Up On You 4 mp3, CD 1990 ARS Records
34 You Are The One 3 mp3, CD 1989 Warner Bros. Records
35 Crash (Have Some Fun) 6 mp3, CD 1990 Tommy Boy
36 TKA - Maria Maria 4 mp3, CD 1992 Tommy Boy
37 TKA - X-Ray Vision X-Ray Vision 3 mp3, CD 1988 Tommy Boy
38 Scars Of Love 9 mp3, CD 1989-04-21
39 I Won't Give Up On You 2 mp3, CD 1990
40 Scars Of Love 8 mp3, CD 1987 Tommy Boy
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