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David Peaston

David Peaston's inability to gain a foothold on the urban contemporary scene is one of the mysteries of the late '80s and early '90s. His huge, bombastic voice reflects great family roots; his mother Martha Bass was one of the Clara Ward Singers and a great gospel performer, while his sister Fontella Bass has equally distinguished gospel and soul credentials. He started out as a teacher and after being laid off in 1981, Peaston moved from St. Louis to New York. He began doing session work and auditioned for a role in the gospel musical Don't Get God Started. He also auditioned for a spot in the Apollo's famous Amateur Night competition. He became a featured attraction on the syndicated Showtime at the Apollo in 1988 and eventually landed a deal with Geffen. His 1989 LP Introducing...David Peaston was among that year's hottest and most soulful releases, and he also toured with Gladys Knight in America and Gerald Alston in England. Peaston moved to MCA for the 1991 release Mixed Emotions, but failed to get the vital crossover exposure or breakout urban hit he needed to get the recognition he deserved. ~ Ron Wynn
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rhonda59coko
Much love. Hear one hit last night. Just ask what n where. Omg. Love you Rhonda out of Baltimore's.
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No mystery why he never gained a foothold. He would have needed a superhuman marketing effort to get the recognition that Luther, Freddie, Frankie and other crooners during that time already had. He was like the 6th man on a basketball team full of stars (Think dream team 92 Olympics). Too bad because he had that voice that when people heard him sing, the first response was Who is THAT? Geffen just didn't have the bucks to marketing him like Epic and the major labels. Dang shame too.
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Reminds me Luther. I bet he would have killed it!
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Can I, my darling, lose myself in this powerful emotional feeling called love, Can I, hold you in my arms, allow me to kiss your full lovely lips, delivering kisses that take your breathe away, Can I love you from the time the stars gather in the night, till the sun comes up over the hills to start another day, my darling, Can I
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Karen54
You are truly a gifted person with a special voice. Rip David Peaston
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wnstanley
His songs make me want to fall in love. I'm an author and when I write, I get so much inspiration just listening to him.
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delrobinson5 4
a great talent who never got his just do........ .too bad
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I didn't know you passed away I know. Your entertaining every one in heaven with all the great artists love David peaston
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demann1589
R.I.P DP gone but never be forgotten .
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Magic moments lost are found...
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after all of these years it still sounds fresh. R.I.P my brother!!
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All of the feelings that were pushed aside, you touched me and they came alive.
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schoberg1
I never post comments about anything. I do listen to more different kinds of music than anyone I have met. David had the best voice I have ever heard or might ever hear. I get chills and my hair stands on end when he sings and I didn't mention the tears of emotion that well up. A golden voice from God.
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Alphonzo Williams, II

I was first introduced to the 'voice' of Mr. David Peaston while attending Syracuse University by a friend. The first song I heard from him was tonight. My first thought was what a voice from above. The next song was give peace to me tonight. When I hear his voice I am in a place of peace and harmony. Thank you Mr. David Peaston you will be truly missed and ALWAYS REMEMBERED!! ! You are truly home now... Smile
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Did not know he was gone Love him still and his music
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One of the very best ever did it! Rest in peace...
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It's 5am in the morning in New Orleans and I NEVER cried over another man but DAM the brother can sing God Bless u my man woke me up out of my sleep David Peaston I remember u my brother :-} !!!
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This man is tough...voic e s like this is rare!!!
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U still doing your thing in just a better place
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aboddie2
Awesome vocalist! Wow, his talent will be truly missed. RIP!
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brownshariff
Sing David RIP
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I was just trying to find the song !Can I ! Beautiful .
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WOW just learned of his goins home to be with the Lord......Re s t in the Beauty of Hs Holiness David.....
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RJG_MEOW
I can't believe he's gone. His voice just send chills up and down my spine. It never gets old.
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I just learned of his passing today. I so loved Can I and never understood why his career didn't take off the way it should have. RIP David. Those of us who knew of you loved your voice!!!
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s.dortch2
I was absolutely devastated when I heard of David's passing this week. I followed his career after Showtime at the Apollo and didn't understand why he was so underrated. I loved his strong voice and his sweet personality. I know he's singing with the angels. My favorite was his rendition of Can I? Rest in peace, David. You will be missed.
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bjwms55
I have always loved David Peaston and am very sad that he has left us. Thank God for the lovely music that he left us. May you rest in peace David.
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RIP my heart aches....lis t e n to that voice...OMG, God wanted David for his heavenly choir... THAT IS NOTHING BUT A GIFT FROM ABOVE...
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My God this man was born to sing. I never heard anyone like him. He died a day after Don Cornelius. My heart is soooooo heavy. Sing to God David.
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R.I.P.
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Sorry but today he past away
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Very soulful singer. I have him in all of my music libraries. I sure do miss this talent. Where is he now?
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meposey
One of my all time favorites. Back when love songs were love songs...
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I will always remember Mr. Peaston, he was my twin son's teacher,(PS 184) my husband (at the time) saw him on the Apollo TV show and kept saying this guy could sing he looks so familiar but I cannot place him. Omc day we took our boys to school and my husband that is the guy from the Apollo. The rest is history-last time I saw him was at BAM for MLK day. Best to you Mr. Peaston, where ever you are.
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adrienne.l.o u t e n
did he ever do a cover of Aretha Franklin's "Oh me oh my"?
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it seems like good music like this is just not heard of anymore good love songs. the music thats out now is like a sex guide or border line porn
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robin.lattin
Yes@Mike...H e was one of the standouts on the Apollo amatuer night...He won for sooooooooooo many weeks!!!
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jamesbradley
When I heard "Can I" the first time I just knew he was going to be a star and have a long career. I'm still very surprised that it never happened for him. I'm a big fan of Mr. Peaston.
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dwillis230
I love his soulful sound.
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I remember back when he was on the Apollo's amateur night, He tore it up!!! He's a bad man!!!
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p.mondaine
Mr. Peaston has got to be one of the greatest male vocalist of all times... His seemingly effortless way of delivering a lyric is timeless.
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There are many mysteries in life and Mr. Peaston seemingly not"making it" is one of them. The man can "blow". Has a big time voice. Great lp.
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I HAVE AND WILL ALWAYS BE A HUGE FANNNNNNNNN OF DAVID HE IS A MAZZZZZZZZZZ Z I N G OMG
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this is one of the best male vocalist i,v heared my entire life.i think i hear nine octaves.HOLL A
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THE MAN CAN SANG!!
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kennethtamar a
I know what you mean man. I LOVE his voice, and his jazz sensibilitie s . I still get chills when I listen to this cd
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ALTHOUGH THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN OUT FOR YEARS, IT IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. DAVID IS A BAD BOY!!!!!

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