Led by Eugene Record who also managed to have a career on his own, Chicago, Il-based The Chi-Lites came to the forefront of the Soul R&B scene in the early 70’s, scoring their biggest hits – ‘Have You Seen Her’ and ‘Oh Girl’ – respectively in 1971 and 1972.
Opening their 1977 released ‘The Fantastic Chi-Lites’ album which would be their last for Mercury, the evergreen ‘My First Mistake’ made its place as one of the fav cuts of Larry Levan at The Paradise Garage, with its strings and horns arrangements under the direction of Don Renaldo (The Stylistics, The Spinners, Barbara Mason, MFSB and many Salsoul Records artists). A monsterjam given a reedit by Danny Krivit getting rid of the 1:56 Quiet Storm Boogie/Funk to turn it into a straight floorfiller.
First released on unoffical US label T.D.Records Inc. before being licensed by UK label Strut Records back in 2001, David Morales sampled a short vocal riff of it on ‘Needin’ U’…
Eugene sadly died aged 64 on Jul. 22, 2005 in his hometown after a long battle with cancer.