Raw Silk

Raw Silk was an American dance band, originated in New York.

Raw Silk
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresDance, boogie, R&B
Years active1979–1983
LabelsWest End Records, Arista Records
Past membersJessica Cleaves, Sybil Thomas, Tenita Jordan


First Raw Silk signed to West End Records, which was once a popular garage label, where they recorded moderate hits "Do It to the Music" and "Just in Time". Their songs were remixed by post-disco/R&B production duo Nick Martinelli and David Todd.[citation needed]

Raw Silk is best known for their garage-boogie song "Do It to the Music" (1982). The group consists of two Crown Heights Affair members, Ron Dean Miller and Bert Reid, and three female vocalists Jessica Cleaves, Sybil Thomas, Tenita Jordan. Their production was somewhat successful, "Do It to the Music" reached number 5 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts, "Just in Time" (1983) peaked lower, at number 40 on the same chart.[1] The single was more successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at No.18.[2][3]

Chart performanceEdit

Year Song Label Peak chart positions[2][1]
Dance R&B UK Singles Chart
1982 "Do It to the Music" West End #5 #65 #18
1983 "Just in Time" West End #40 #49



"Do It to the Music"
12" / WES 22148
  1. "Do It to the Music" (Vocal) – 6:36
  2. "Do It to the Music" (Dub Mix) – 5:10
  3. "Do It to the Music" (Radio Mix) – 5:10
  • Label: West End (US), KR (UK)
"Just in Time"
12" / WES 22159
  1. "Just in Time" (Vocal) – 6:36
  2. "Just in Time & Space" (Dub) – 5:10
  • Label: West End (US), Arista (UK)


  1. ^ a b "Raw Silk Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved December 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Raw Silk - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ McAleer, Dave; Gregory, Andy; White, Matthew (November 15, 2010). The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles, Volume 2. Random House. p. 387. ISBN 9780753522455.

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