The late 1980s brought another girl group to the charts with the song Seasons Change by Expose.
Formed originally in 1984 by Miami DJ Lewis Martinee, the girl group was Sandra Casanas, Alejandra Lorenzo and Laurie Miller.
The trio recorded two successful singles, Point of No Return and Exposed to Love, both successes on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
But when it came time to go further, conflicting reports claimed the singers quit, were fired, were not wanted by big label Arista Records or were replaced by Martinee.
In came three new singers in 1986 – Jeanette Jurado, Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless, who recorded the band’s debut album Exposure.
The first single was Come Dance With Me, which went to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Point of No Return was released again, this time with the new trio, and hit number five on the Billboard Hot 100, while the next single, Let Me Be The One went to number seven.
But it was the song Seasons Change that propelled Expose into heavy rotation on radio, MTV, dance clubs and to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1988.
Written by Martinee, the song was a blend of pop and R&B, with a Latin flavour and also went to number one on the Adult Contemporary charts.
Their popularity soared, with appearances on Solid Gold and Showtime at the Apollo TV shows, receiving a nomination as the Soul Train Best New Artist Award and tapped to be the opening act for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s national tour in 1988.
The album did well on the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified double platinum by May 1990, as well as achieved four singles in the Billboard Hot 100.
But behind the scenes, there were many issues, with band members claiming to be paid only $200 per appearance and suing the producers for a better contract. After the lawsuit was settled, Expose continued its success with more pop hits as the decade came to an end.