Music video by Surface performing Lately. (C) 1986 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Surface was an American R&B and pop music group, active from from 1983 to 1994, and best known for its #1 pop and R&B hit "The First Time."
Bernard Jackson moved from Stamford, Connecticut to New York to pursue a music career. While in New York, his godfather said Jackson should contact his nephew David Townsend who had been a guitarist with The Isley Brothers. Meanwhile, Townsend was in Port Authority, a 1970s band, and met David Conley. Conley and Townsend started writing and when they met Jackson, then they formed a band.
They then became resident songwriters for EMI and wrote New Edition's "Let's Be Friends" and Sister Sledge's "You're So Fine."] Encouraged by this success, the group called themselves Surface and began recording their own material, releasing several Post-disco/early-80s-style tracks under the name.
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