Sweet Sensation is an American female Freestyle-Dance music trio from The Bronx, New York, United States. The members are Betty LeBron, Margie Fernandez, Marie Fernandez and Sheila Vega(replaced Marie in 1989). It was formed in 1986 and released albums until 1992. All their albums/singles were featured on top billboard songs. "If Wishes Came True" was their biggest hit, it topped "Billboard Hot 100" list for a week.
Formed in 1985 after a suggestion by her friend, Margie Fernandez, led Betty Lebron to a meeting with David Sanchez, who was co-managing a group called Sly Fox with Cherrie Shepherd. One afternoon, David came by to meet Betty at Margie's house in Manhattan armed with a boombox. He recorded Betty singing a capella and took the cassette to Ms. Shepherd and a few weeks later, on March 15th, 1985, Margie and Betty found themselves at Intergalactic studios to meet Cherrie Shepherd. Coincidentally, the act of recording in the studio that day was a rap group called The Boogie Boys. One of the members of the group, Romeo J.D, would later become one of Sweet Sensation's main songwriters, penning several songs on their debut album, Take it While it's Hot.
Romeo's first song after meeting Margie and Betty was a demo called Could it Be. The demo of the song was recorded in Romeo's home studio by Betty. It was re-recorded at Unique Recording in NYC with Ted Currier of Platinum Vibe Productions as producer. It was at this time a new chorus was added and the song was re-titled Hooked On You. Once the song was completed, unsure of what to do with a petite Latina teenager and it was decided that a girl group should be formed and Margie and her sister Mari were added to the group. Sweet Sensation was signed to a production deal with Platinum Vibe Productions and recording started on their first album with Betty Lebron on lead vocals. Using Hooked on You as an introduction, the trio was signed to Next Plateau Records. Hooked on You was released under the Next Plateau Label along with their second single, Victim of Love. In 1987, they were picked up by Atco, and their debut album Take It While It's Hot was released. The album peaked at #63 on the Billboard pop albums chart and spawned five singles: "Hooked on You" (#23), "Victim of Love (Goodbye Baby)," "Take It While It's Hot," "Never Let You Go" (which reached #1 on the U.S. Dance chart), and "Sincerely Yours" (#14).
In late 1988, Mari left the group and was replaced by Sheila Vega. The artwork of their debut album was altered to reflect the staff change.
In 1990, their second album Love Child was released, with what would turn out to be their biggest hit, the ballad "If Wishes Came True", which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1991, a remix album was released "Time to Jam (The Remix Album)", which turned out to be their last. That year, Margie and Sheila left the group and were replaced by three new members—Belle, Maya, and Jenae, making them a quartet. They performed as Sweet Sensation for the next few years until Betty LeBron decided on a solo career.
In 2004, Sweet Sensation ranked #391 on the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
In 2005, the dance single "My Body Tu Cuerpo," credited as Dynamix Presents Sweet Sensation, was released on Kult Records (with Betty LeBron on lead vocals, billed as Betty Dee) and produced by Eddie Cumana and Beppe Savoni of Dynamix.
For a brief period, the previous members, Margie, Sheila, and Mari reunited to form their own version of Sweet Sensation without lead singer Betty Lebron after sisters Margie and Mari applied and then obtained the trademark rights to the name, Sweet Sensation. This led to a case in the trial and appeals board of the US Trademark Patent Office that later canceled the original Trademark obtained by the Fernandez sisters and gave the rights to Ms. Lebron and Ms.Shepherd after evidence showed that first use and current use rights belonged to Ms. Lebron. The group consisting of Margie, Mari and Sheila disbanded after performing only a few shows. Today, Sweet Sensation is composed of Betty, Belle, and Jenae and are currently performing throughout the West Coast, Midwest, Northeast, and Florida. The Sweet Sensation catalog is currently owned by Atco/Atlantic Records.
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