Shannon Brenda Greene (born May 2, 1958), better known by her stage name Shannon, is an American recording artist and singer/songwriter. She is best known for her 1983 million-selling record single “Let the Music Play”,as well as the hits “Give Me Tonight” and “Do You Wanna Get Away”.
In 1983, Shannon was enrolled at York College and toured with the New York Jazz Ensemble. Quintin Hicks, an associate of the production team of Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa, later saw Shannon singing with a live band in her cousin’s recording studio. Shannon auditioned for Liggett and Barbosa with the song “She Can’t Love You Like I Do”. They introduced her to the track “Fire and Ice”, which would later evolve into Shannon’s signature song, “Let the Music Play”. This would also be the name of Shannon’s debut album.
In September 1983, the “Let the Music Play” single was released and Shannon was invited back to record more songs with Liggett and Barbosa. The single reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B and Hot Dance Club Play charts. It was later ranked #23 among Billboard’s best dance songs of all time.
Her debut album, Let the Music Play, was released in February 1984. The follow-up single from the album was “Give Me Tonight” which, although not a major pop hit, reached the number-one spot on the R&B and Hot Dance Club Play charts. It was one of Billboard’s top 30 dance songs for the year 1984.
Give Me Tonight (Special Extended Version) 7:42
Give Me Tonight (Original Long Version) 6:03
Give Me Tonight (Dub Version) 6:11