Oliver Cheatham biography
Oliver Cheatham (February 24, 1948 – November 29, 2013) was an American singer who is best remembered for his 1983 hit "Get Down Saturday Night". Cheatham was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was encouraged to sing by his mother, and joined several local groups including The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups and Gaslight before releasing a single, "Hard Times" on the Tier record label. He then joined another group, the Sins of Satan, the group later being renamed as Roundtrip. They finally took his name and recorded two albums as Oliver.
Cheatham then signed for MCA Records as a solo singer. He worked with Al Hudson of the band One Way on his first album, The Boss. His first chart success came in 1983 with "Get Down Saturday Night", co-written by Cheatham and One Way's Kevin McCord, which reached no.37 on the Billboard R&B chart, and also reached no.38 on the UK singles chart. The album, Saturday Night, produced by Al Perkins, was released the same year. In 1986, he moved to the Critique label, and had further success in the US with the singles "S.O.S." (R&B chart no.35), and "Celebrate (Our Love)". Other Cheatham singles included "Mama Said," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," "Things to Make U Happy," and "Wish on a Star." After moving to the New York-based Warlock label, he recorded "Turn Out the Lights" and "Mindbuster" with Jocelyn Brown. He spent much of the 1990s working as a backing singer with artists including Leo Sayer, and released his final album, Stand for Love, in 2002.
He returned to the charts in 2003, when he was featured in Room 5's UK #1 single, "Make Luv", which sampled "Get Down Saturday Night", though Cheatham re-recorded his vocal parts for later releases. The track was featured on a commercial for Lynx deodorant on British TV. Its success in the UK led Cheatham to relocate to Surrey, England, and he recorded in London for the Native Soul record label.
Elements of "Get Down Saturday Night" were also used in Michael Gray's 2004 hit, "The Weekend", and the track was sampled for Daft Punk's song "Voyager." It also featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Cheatham died on November 29, 2013, at the age of 65, following a heart attack in his sleep.