The Chi-Lites

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 17, 2005

I would like to know what the Chi-Lites are doing now. Where can I write Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites?
—Brenda V., North Carolina

The Chi-Lites have been performing since the 1960s, with various members coming and going. Two founding members—Marshall Thompson and Robert "Squirrel" Lester—are still with the group, along with Tara Thompson and Frank Reed. Tour dates and a live 2004 CD and DVD are available at In 2000, the Chi-Lites were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, at which former leader and songwriter Eugene Record performed with the group for the first time in 14 years. Record, 64, left the Chi-Lites in the late 1980s, citing business reasons. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jacki, with whom he has a daughter, Gena, 30. He also has four other children from a previous marriage. Record has not performed recently due to illness, but his gospel CD (recorded in 2000) can be ordered through You also can hear his song Are You My Woman sampled as part of singer Beyonce Knowles' music for Crazy in Love, and recently his There Will Never Be Any Peace tune was used to create Fantasia Barrino's Baby Mama. You can write to Record: c/o Evergreen Records, 1507 East 53rd Street, Suite 148, Chicago, IL 60615. "He spends a lot of time with his grandchildren," his wife explains, "and being at home and being involved in church."