Ready for the World is an American R&B band from Flint, Michigan, who scored several moderate pop, soul and dance hits in the mid-to-late 1980s.
The group originally consisted of frontman Melvin Riley, Gordon Strozier (lead guitar), Gregory Potts (keyboards), Willie Triplett (percussion/keyboards), John Eaton (bass guitar), and Gerald Valentine (drums). They had performed throughout Flint at high school talent shows and were discovered by WJLB Detroit Radio personality The Electrifying Mojo in 1982. They gained regional fame with their first release “Tonight” in 1983. “Tonight” was an underground hit in Flint and Detroit which helped garner them national prominence shortly after their signing under the MCA label. Ready for the World recorded their album, Ready for the World, during 1984 with producer Bernard Terry and engineer Charles Brown, Jr.
In 1985, the band signed to the Steven Machat-Rick Smith management company AMI, the agreement with MCA was redrawn and promotion and marketing dollars were committed to break the group. This proved successful as the group was steered to #1 on the US pop charts as well as top five in all the Western European countries and Australia, with their best-known hit “Oh Sheila,”. This song in the US went to #1 on the R&B, Pop Charts, and the Hot Dance Club Play charts that year, becoming the first ever single to hold the #1 spot on all three of these charts simultaneously.
The UK and Germany were treated to John Morales remixes for the 12″ single release.
Oh Sheila (Extended M&M Mix) 6:36
Oh Sheila (Extended M&M Dub) 4:20
Oh Sheila (Luis Mix) 4:00
I’m The One Who Loves You 3:44