LeVert was an R&B/pop singing group, formed in Ohio in 1984, composed of Sean and Gerald Levert—sons of Eddie Levert, founder of the O’Jays—and Marc Gordon.
The group released their first single, “I’m Still”, for Harry Coombes’s Tempre label. In 1985, they released their debut album, I Get Hot, which included tracks whose vocals drew strong comparisons to Sean and Gerald Levert’s father Eddie. Bloodline followed in 1986, and this album included the band’s first big R&B hit “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind”, a track that went all the way to Number One. However, the band’s next album, 1987’s The Big Throwdown became an even bigger success, on the strength of the Number One R&B hit “Casanova”, which gave them a crossover onto the pop chart (number 5) and also the UK Top 10.
“Casanova” is a 1987 single by LeVert, written and produced by Reggie Calloway. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number nine on the UK Singles Chart, LeVert’s only Top Ten on either chart. It was Number One on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart for two weeks, becoming the group’s second Number One. It has become a standard number for New Orleans brass bands following its popularization by the Rebirth Brass Band. The song is featured in 1987’s The Pick-Up Artist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, and appears on the soundtrack album of the Whoopi Goldberg movie Fatal Beauty, released the same year.
“Casanova” has been covered by Ultimate KAOS, whose version peaked at number 24 in 1997 in the UK.
The remixes on this US 12″ are by Reggie Calloway, Steve Beltran, and Vincent Calloway.
Casanova (Vocal / Extended Mix) 7:56
Casanova (Dance Mix) 5:00
Casanova (Dub Mix) 8:22
Casanova (A Capella) 5:46