Club Nouveau is an American R&B group formed by record producer/performer Jay King in 1986 in Sacramento, California following the breakup of the Timex Social Club. The group’s name (French for “New Club”) was changed from its original incarnation, “Jet Set”, to capitalize on the breakup. The group was signed by Warner Bros. Records, on which Club Nouveau released its first three albums. Club Nouveau’s version of Bill Withers’ song “Lean on Me” won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song in 1987.
The R&B group Club Nouveau covered the song and took it to number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in March 1987. It also reached number one on the dance charts, and number two on the Black Singles charts, kept out of the top spot by Jody Watley’s “Looking for a New Love”. It won a Grammy award in 1987 for Bill Withers, as the writer, for Best R&B Song. This version of “Lean on Me” is known for the addition of the faux-reggae refrain “We be jammin’! We be jammin’!”, which was highly acclaimed as ingenious and revolutionary at the time.
The song ranked at number 94 in VH1’s 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of the 80s