Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters' biggest song, "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" became an instant dance hit after it was released on April 3, 1991. "Gypsy Woman" was also known as the la da da dee la da da song. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and earned Waters three American Music Awards nominations.

"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" was written by Waters and Nathaniel S. Hardy and was included on her debut album Surprise. Ms. Waters later said she wrote the song after observing a homeless woman in full makeup singing to herself in front of the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC.

    She wakes up early every morning
    Just to do her hair now
    Because she cares yeah
    Her day oh wouldn't be right
    Without her make up
    She's never without her makeup


    She's just like you and me
    But she's homeless, she's homeless
    As she stands there, singing for money
    La da dee la dee da, la da dee la dee da

 

Waters, who was born in Philadelphia, also had pop success with "100% Pure Love" (1994). She grew up in Washington, DC, where she majored in computer science at Howard University.

As a young girl, Waters was surrounded by music. Her father, Junior Waters, was a famed jazz musician; and her great aunt is jazz vocalist Ethel Waters.

Crystal took up poetry writing at age 11. She became the youngest person inducted into the Poetry Society of America at age 14.
 

  • Victorious82

    Ooooook.

  • Dowoop

    Well this was random.

  • Seldomseen

    Is this an open post?

  • KcoolMuziq

    I was absolutely OBSESSED with Crystal's hit song "100% Pure Love". Which still stays on my exclusive playlist. Me & Crystal have something in common I majored in computer science in college myself.

  • isaiit

    Didnt like the song then and I dont like it now

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Started dancing and singing the song when I saw the picture

  • NewNew

    I hope so because i'm wondering if Wendy Williams has really been replaced on her talk show or not. ?

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes definitely a throw back for sure. Back when music made sense and singers could actually sing. Oh the days!

  • Trey

    sooooo..where is she at now?

  • JustMyThoughts

    She was in my Calc class HU You know

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Say what? What are the streets saying?

  • Coy little wink

    Me too boo?

  • Kanyade

    I used to LOVE this song

  • Coy little wink

    Not really...Dubb was singing this the other day I know Auntie gets inspiration for posts from our comments ?

  • Ni Ni

    Omg, i hated this song! Interesting background info though. One thing i loved about back then was that people were more artistic: they wrote, played instruments. The songs were about various topics (life), not just sex all the time.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile when In living color did this skit chile ...... lololol love da song though

  • red headed hussy

    This song is representative of my years in college. Spending countless nights at the clubs in NY dancing until 4am singing 'la da da dee la da da'. Can't believe I graduated.

  • Rayne
  • Ni Ni

    I fear it's going to be stuck in my head all day. ?

  • tintin

    You bringing back memories auntie.
    give us an update, what she look like now? is she married, what she doing??

  • Renee26

    That was the jam!

  • Renee26

    ? cause she's shole dragging her feet returning

  • Rayne

    Clean up ? your house with it on blast!! You gon lose it!!

  • Chicagowise

    My Crystal Waters jams are 100% Pure Love and Daddy Do!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Chicagowise

    Hold on! I forgot Making Happy and What I Need! Crystal was and still is the shyt!

  • Dowoop

    That's what I thought by reading the damn title too.

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    Top Flight Informat paid about 250k to sample this plus a couple of points off the album sells.

  • Chicagowise

    Okay... this just opened a floodgate of memories! Took me back to Club LaRay's, where I partied with Phyllis Hyman, Chico Debarge, and Jermaine Stewart. Oooooh! Those were the days!

  • Renee Bee

    LA da dee LA da daaaa! ????

  • Renee Bee

    Ma'am! Too early to be cuttin' up. ?

  • Renee Bee

    Ha ha! Chile I went to an album and autograph session with her while in college. She was nice.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Exactly lolololol !!!!!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol I'm still singing it

  • FukkFolks2019

    I said Lil Wayne homeless looking ass on Monday night reminded me of this song on Tuesday here... and then today...BAM! You can gone head and admit I influence you Sandra. You influence me too. *hugs ya*

  • FukkFolks2019

    JINX.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    Every time I hear this song I am reminded of the Kim Wayans version on In Living Color ???

  • FukkFolks2019

    Loved Jermaine. The word is out...thatchu and EYE are lovers thatchu and EYE are getting it on...it on...THE WOOOOOOOORDD is outtttttttt

  • ?jessica?

    I love this woman. I loved both CD's.

  • tintin
  • Coy little wink

    Lolololol yo name I am WEAK

  • HotInCleveland

    Yes! ??????

  • HotInCleveland

    Lolololololkl

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Nunya Business

    Yes!! Kim Wayans is an underrated comedienne.

  • Nunya Business

    Yabba dabba doo Scooby Doo...lol!!

  • Chicagowise

    Those were such fun times and Chicago's black club scene was going strong.

    https://youtu.be/6WkU3bAdo60

  • Trace da Ace

    dang this song took me all the way back!!!!! Love it!

  • fRAktal Reality

    I remember Club LaRey's on Belmont and Halsted back in the day. Those non-heterosexuals always had the club jumping. That was the after-hours spot that househeads went to after the other clubs closed for the evening--The Warehouse, The Generator, DeJoie's, AKA, Coconuts, Club Riviera, Playground, Power Plant. Music Box on lower Wacker was jumping til the next morning, too. Yessss, those were the days...

  • Reenaface

    Sandra, you forgot to mention that TI sampled this song for his " Why you wanna" song. He just slowed down the beat.

  • leapyearpisces

    Pulls up me a mink fur chaise lounge and lays back so you can tell me ALL about it. LOVE ALL 3. I want to hear about Phyllis, Chico and Jermaine in that order. I love me some Phyllis Hyman and Angela Bofill.

  • Lionesslady

    I used to work with her daughter years ago at a debt collection law firm. Nice girl.

  • CookieMobster

    Aunt Sandie can we get a throw back with some 8 Ball and MJG? Sings "comin out haurd, oooaaa oooa a a"

  • NewNew

    Every time I start feeling bad for Wendy (no one deserves this treatment from their husband) I remember how Judge Mathis went all the way in on her a few years back. There's gossip and then there's guttersnipe gossip.

  • NewNew

    I saw something on YouTube (didn't watch the video) saying she's being replaced. I went to her website and it says that she postponed her return by another week and that a panel of "Hot Talkers" will be running the show next week.

    You know what they say - the longer you're away from work and it's business as usual, the closer they are to realizing that they might not need you after all. She better get back to work soon is all I'm saying.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    This is the JAM ? ??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    As long as you're throwing back...where's Karyn White??
    What's she doing these days?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Luv the hair Jermaine.

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    Yep, you shole did?

  • reddfoxxy16

    My jam????????

  • reddfoxxy16

    LOL????????

  • reddfoxxy16

    Do some throw back CeCe Peniston 2..????????????????

  • Anji

    Got me dancing in my wheelchair!! LOL

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??? is name

  • Sweetness

    I was in a VERY VERY good headspace and place when this came out. Thank you for the song Ms. Waters. And thanks for the post Ms. ?.

  • Solstice

    ???????!!!

  • MsPam

    I’m so slow I thought article was about Crystal being homeless. ?????

  • free

    yes, that was my jam!

  • free

    lemme go listen to some jermaine!

  • free

    yaaasssssss!!!

  • CookieMobster

    YUP you replied to me that you were singing this!!! ?

  • fRAktal Reality
  • IAmLegend
  • TheOwley

    The irony. She's a one hit wonder whose career went nowhere. That's when you get a job in the real world. Her degree should have helped her out or do something else. Being homeless is no excuse unless there is mental illness or some other disability.

  • TheOwley

    The irony. She's a one hit wonder whose career went nowhere. That's when you get a job in the real world. Her degree should have helped her out or do something else. Being homeless is no excuse unless there is mental illness or some other disability.

  • Chicagowise

    Bouncing and behaving, honey!

    https://youtu.be/ZOEE1_C3z-8

  • Chicagowise

    I was too young to be in this club, but I always got in. I learned a hell of a lot about the real world in that place.

  • KcoolMuziq

    LIES!

    She had TWO WORLDWIDE hits. Which she both wrote. She can live off of them the rest of her life.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Chicagowise

    Phyllis was a cut up and she could curse her @$$ off. I was used to seeing her sophisticated image in videos; so, that side of her personality caught me off guard.

    She was there with a small entourage. They were sitting in the balcony. Despite the volume of the music, you could still hear Phyllis' laughter.

    In person, Jermaine Stewart was quiet and shy, but he came alive on the dancefloor... whipping that hair. A friend danced with him and tried to get his number.

  • Chicagowise

    So many young, talented people were wiped out by AIDS.

  • Michelle

    She’s not homeless thatsbthe name of the song ?

  • TheOwley

    Yes I got it. See my edit, lol.

  • TheOwley

    Yes, I've been thoroughly schooled.

  • Chicagowise

    Chico showed up one night with two women and another guy. They mostly stayed in the shadows, sipping on cocktails. He didn't look comfortable being there.

    Now, Cat, Prince's dancer from the Sign of the Times era, was a wild one. I never saw her at LaRays, but she often partied at the other dance bars in the area. She stole that Housequake "shake dance" from the gay children. When she joined Prince, she introduced him to Chicago's house music. If you listen to Prince's Lovesexy album, he mentions Frankie Knuckles.

  • Chicagowise

    The atmosphere in those places was otherworldly! The energy was amazing.

    There used to be a little hole in the wall called, The Rialto on State and Van Buren. DJ Tyrone was the best. One night, he played a remix of Lady Marmalade that blew the roof off the place. Tyrone later deejayed at Stop and Drink. That's where I encountered serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

  • leapyearpisces

    OMG! I love Phyllis I could tell she could and would curse a sailor under the table!

  • Chicagowise

    She was definitely the life of the party!

    I will never forget the summer when she died. It was hotter than hell in Chicago and several people died from the heat. I was headed to a friend's house when I heard the news on the radio.

  • leapyearpisces

    Frankie Knuckles so you back on the scene during like the house of Xtravagaaanza, house of Ninja and dem?????

  • Chicagowise

    Paris is Burning is like a snapshot of my life in the 80s.

  • leapyearpisces

    So may I ask you a question, I am assuming you are a gay man, if not please correct me, and I am also assuming you are older, so what was it like in the community when this unknown virus came about and started wiping people out? Was there panic? Or were people non-chalant? I know in the beginning, the information was changing daily about it, but I just wonder what was it like back then. I think Billy Porter's character said it on Pose or either he said it in an interview, that a lot of people who got diagnosed POZ got depressed and sometimes would commit suicide because they expected to die immediately, but found it hard and didn't know how they would LIVE with the disease.

  • leapyearpisces

    OMG! Stop it because I will bug the ENTIRE mess out of you. I already asked you another question below, but if too personal don't answer, soooo...what did you think about Pose? Did you watch it?

  • Chicagowise

    Yes. I'm gay and I'm 50.

    The AIDS epidemic seemed to start in New York and California. That's where most of the first known cases were reported.

    Before it took its toll on Chicago, an older gay man sat me down and warned me about a "sickness" that was killing gay men. He got the info from him friends in California.

    Needless to say, the black gay community was the last to be informed. When health officials were places warning ads in white gay bars, bathhouses, and magazines... they completely ignored the black community.

    I remember a friend saying, you couldn't catch AIDS if you took a bath after having sex.

  • Chicagowise

    I've never seen Pose. I'll try to watch it this evening, if I can find it online

  • Chicagowise

    Listen, I can identify with all the characters in Paris is Burning. That's what it was like in the 80s. I had homeless friends who stole outfits to wear to the clubs. Friends who tricked for a living. Divas who entertained the children. That was the life.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    ...I don't know what made me watch that wh0le commercial...smh...I must need a nap...

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO!

  • Li-Wright

    Is she dead? I'm confused.

  • Li-Wright

    I thought it was about her being homeless and then I thought she died.

  • BorgQueen

    What? Xtravanganza... They gonna have a ball soon. Ninja.. love me some Willie Ninja. RIP.

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Kim Wayans did it better ?lol jk....but all jokes aside...is she still with us?? This post was random

  • kennedy220

    She had more than one hit and still tours. She's not working a 9-5 and doing what she loVes. She must put out four number one hits 2015-2018 on the dance charts... i see your edit though. Just saying. i just saw an old interview when she decided she was gonna quite get job and take a chance with the music thing. Remember this though. Some of these one hit wonders are able to live off that one hit. I'm looking for mine lol

  • leapyearpisces

    I didn't know Hector passed December 30th. I am TOTALLY enarmored with the ballroom scene. I love the ABSURD GLAMOUR of it all. So many designers and dancers, and musical artists ripped off from that underground ballroom scene something terrible (cough, Madonna ) for starters.

  • leapyearpisces

    Wow. So there is a "white" gay, and "black" gay. Well, thanks for sharing.

  • Chicagowise

    Yes. Chicago is a very segregated city. There are predominantly black areas and there are predominantly white areas. Those same color lines apply to the white and black gay communities.

  • Allihave2say

    Very random.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You must be new here? Click the tag "Throwback Thursdays." It is not random. It's a Throwback post. ?

  • Allihave2say

    You know I ain't new here. Stop playing Auntie!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was just wondering...

  • Allihave2say

    ——I want pout abt this but the fact that you interact with us online keeps me coming back! The other person said it before me. She was very random. LOL

  • fRAktal Reality

    Yes, the partying back in the day was awesome.

    D-d-d-did you say Jeffrey Dahmer? *clutches pearls*

  • Chicagowise

    The one and only. It took a while before I made the connection between the man in the bar and the man on the news.