Crown Heights Affair are an American R&B / funk / disco group from New York, founded in the early 1970s.

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Originally known as Ben Iverson and the Nue Dey Express on Britne Records, founded by then bassist Donnie Linton, the group took their new name from a neighborhood in their nativeBrooklyn, and consisted of Phillip Thomas, William Anderson, Howard Young, Bert Reid, James Baynard, Raymond Reid, Arnold 'Muki' Wilson, Julius Dilligard Jr., and Raymond Rock. Signed by RCA they recorded a self-titled debut album in 1974.

Personnel changes followed, along with a shift in 1975 to De-Lite Records, the then home of Kool and the Gang. The record label's subsequent liaison with Polygram Records saw the group gain worldwide audiences for singles such as "Dreaming A Dream", "Every Beat of My Heart", "Foxy Lady" and "Dancin'".

"Dreaming A Dream" reached Number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1975, (plus Billboard Hot 100 #43); and they topped out at #2 on the Dance chart later that year with "Every Beat Of My Heart" (Billboard Hot 100 #83). In the UK they made the Top 40 in 1978 with "Galaxy Of Love", and #10 in 1980 with "You Gave Me Love".[1]

In the 1980s they were successful record producers for some Prelude Records acts like France Joli ("Gonna Get Over You"), and they produced two songs for Amii Stewart in 1981.

On the 22nd June 2013 they reunited to play at the Coronet in London as part of the Street Sounds Summer Ball.

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Bert Reid died of lung cancer on December 12, 2004, at the age of 48.[2] Thomas joined The Flamingos in 2007.

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