Carol Lynn Townes is an American soul singer from Warrenton, North Carolina.
Hailing from a family of gospel singers, she made her debut singing gospel at age three. She moved to New York in the early 1970s, joining a male soul group called Fifth Avenue. The group consisted of prominent jingle singers. With Townes as lead singer, the group recorded the single, “Wheeler Dealer”, for Buddha Records, and followed with an album on RCA Records in 1976. But it was not until nearly a decade later that Townes achieved commercial success.
Signed to Polydor in 1982 as a solo artist, she recorded a cover version of Alton McClain & Destiny’s “99 ½” for the Breakin’ soundtrack in 1984. This became a Top 10 dance club hit and made #22 on the US Billboard R&B chart, and #77 on the Hot 100. It peaked at #47 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1984.
99 1/2 (Club Mix) 5:26
99 1/2 (Dub Mix) 5:26