Throwback: Jenny Burton-Bad Habits


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Jenny Burton’s 1985 single “Bad Habits” from her second album was one of four successful dance tracks the New York native had in the ’80’s. She recorded “One More Shot” with John Robie in 1983 as the studio group C-Bank. Robie had worked with Planet Patrol on “Play At Your Own Risk” and The Jonzun Crew’s “Lost In Space.” The success of “One More Shot” lead to a solo recording contract for Burton. Robie produced her debut solo album Black and White and they had another influential club hit with “I Remember What You Like.” “Rock Steady” also came from this album and made an impact in the clubs. The electro sound of her music at this time fared well on the dance charts as well as b-boys and b-girls. Burton would enter the hip-hop world directly when she contributed “Strangers In A Strange World” and “It’s Alright By Me” to the Beat Street soundtrack. She also had the song “People Have Got To Move” on the White Nights soundtrack. Souvenirs was the last album Burton recorded for Atlantic before she later reinvented herself as an inspirational singer in the ’90’s. The Jenny Burton Experience was a troupe of gospel singers lead by Burton and they performed regularly in New York City and she released an album of the same name in ’96. Burton independently released the album I Think On These Things in 2007 and her most recent output is this year’s 3-song EP Reaching Out From The Inside.