One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1984 – Ollie & Jerry

“Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us” by Ollie & Jerry

People may forget, but there was a movie called Breakin’ before Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo came around. The theme song from the first Breakin’ movie was “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us” by the dance-pop duo Ollie & Jerry. Ollie was drummer Ollie E. Brown and Jerry was R&B singer Jerry Knight.

They never had a studio album under their own name. Ollie Brown and Jerry Knight had previously worked together as session musicians, with Knight also being a member of R&B group Raydio. The two formed Ollie & Jerry in Los Angeles, California in 1984, signing to Polydor Records.

They recorded “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us” as the title theme to the 1984 film Breakin’, and released as the first single from the film’s soundtrack album. The song became a hit, peaking at #9 on August 4, 1984.

The following year, the duo released the single “Electric Boogaloo”, the title theme to the Breakin’ sequel Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. The single did fairly well on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #57 on the chart. However, the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. After the song’s release, the duo split in mid-1985.

Ollie Brown is no longer in the music industry. He now works in real estate. Although his solo career faded, Knight continued to write and produce for acts such as The Whispers, Patrice Rushen, DeBarge, Howard Hewett and Elkie Brooks.

Here is Ollie & Jerry’s only hit song – “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us”:

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