Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real (Columbia Records 1978)



“Got to Be Real” is a 1978 disco song by Cheryl Lynn from her self-titled album. The song, which was Lynn’s debut single, was penned by David Paich, David Foster, and Lynn, and has since been called one of the defining moments in disco. Along with the tracks, “Star Love” and “You Saved My Day”, “Got to Be Real” peaked at number eleven on the disco chart. For the recording, David Paich played keyboards, James Gadson played drums and Ray Parker Jr. was the session guitarist. The song peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number one on the R&B chart in early-1979. On September 19, 2005, “Got to Be Real” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Lynda Cheryl Smith known better by her professional name Cheryl Lynn, is a female African-American disco, R&B and soul singer known best for her 1978 disco song, “Got to Be Real”.

Prior to her appearance on The Wiz, Cheryl taped an episode of the Gong Show during the early part of 1976. She scored a perfect 30 singing Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful”, a previous act (a singing juggler) had also scored 30 and in the audience applause tie-break the juggler was deemed the winner. After the episode was broadcast, during the autumn of 1976, record industry executives were calling to contract her.

After her performance on The Gong Show, Ahmed Ertegun of Atlantic Records company couldn’t come to an initial meeting with Lynn, with the result that she was contracted with Columbia Records company. Lynn released her first and best-known song, “Got to Be Real,” which was composed by keyboardist David Paich (of the band Toto), David Foster and Lynn. The song scored #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 on the Rhythm & Blues chart. The success of the single album prompted a full scale debut album. Named Cheryl Lynn, it was produced by Paich. The album sold more than a million copies and scored #5 on Billboard magazine’s R&B albums chart and #23 on Billboard’s top 200 album charts. The next single album, “Star Love”‘, also became a success.

During this time, members of the rock music group Toto were producing their debut album. During the production Lynn was asked to provided the female backing vocal for the single album, “Georgy Porgy,”. The single scored #48 on Billboard’s popular music charts. Although Toto would go on to chart more than a dozen popular music successes throughout the years, it was Lynn’s vocal for “Georgy Porgy” that aided the group in charting their only R&B (#18) and Dance (#80) on the Billboard charts.

During 1981, Ray Parker, Jr. produced “Shake It Up Tonight”, a major dance & R&B success from Lynn’s third album, In the Night. The next year, Luther Vandross was asked to produced Lynn’s fourth album, Instant Love. The 2nd single from the album, “If This World Were Mine” – a 1982 duet with Luther Vandross that cover-versioned a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell song, has become a classic. For her fifth album, Preppie, Lynn produced most of the tracks with the exception of the single “Encore” (#1 R&B ) – which was written and produced by the Minneapolis funk music duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It became Lynn’s second #1 single . During 1989, Lynn released the top 10 single, “Every Time I Try To Say Goodbye”, from her eighth album, Whatever It Takes. Cheryl Lynn’s hit “Gots to be real” is also the official song of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

What you think
What you feel now
What you know
To be real

What you think (I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now (I feel I love you, baby)
What you know (Ho…ho…oh…)
To be real

Ooh…your loves for real now
You know that your love is my love
My love is your love
Our love is here to stay

What you think (I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now (I feel I love you, baby)
What you know (Ho…ho…oh…)
To be real

Ooh…your loves for real now
You know that your love is my love
My love is your love
Our love is here to stay

What you think (I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now (I feel I love you, baby)
What you know (Ho…ho…oh…)
To be real

Ooh…your loves for real now
You know that your love is my love
And my love is your love
Our love is here to stay

What you think (I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now (I feel I love you)
What you know (Ho…ho…oh…)
To be real

What you think (I think I love you)
What you feel now (I feel I need you)
What you know (Oh, oh, yeah)
To be real (Its got to be real)
To be real (Its got to be real)
To be real

What you think
What you feel now
What you know
To be real

What you think (Oh, ho, ho, what you feel now)
What you feel now (Oh, ho, ho, what you know now)
What you know (Whoa, whoa, whoa)
To be real (Got to be real, its got to be real)
To be real (Its got to be real, its got to be real)
To be real (Its got to be real, its got to be real)
To be real (Its got to be real, its got to be real)
To be real (Oh, real, real, real, real)
To be real (Real, real, real, real)

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