The Valentine Brothers were an American recording act in the late 1970s and 1980s, comprising brothers John and William “Billy” Valentine. One of their biggest hits, as singers and songwriters, was “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”, which reached no. 41 in the R&B chart in 1982 and was later recorded with greater worldwide success by Simply Red.
The brothers were born in Columbus, Ohio. Billy Valentine performed as a singer with Young-Holt Unlimited in the mid-1970s, before joining with his brother John to begin performing as The Valentine Brothers in 1975. Starting in 1977, they began a three-year stint as part of the touring company of The Wiz musical.Their first self-titled album was issued by Source Records in 1979, and their second album, First Take in 1982, featured the single “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”, written by the duo and produced by Bobby Lyle.The record spent 14 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching no. 41.
After the success of the Simply Red version of “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)” in 1985, the Valentine Brothers version was revived in 1988 with a new remix and the original 1982 mix on the flip side.
Money’s Too Tight To Mention (88 Dollar Mix) 6:09
Money’s Too Tight To Mention (Original Mix) 5:59