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DeBarge

Groomed to be the heirs to the Jackson 5 throne in the early '80s, DeBarge mirrored the Jacksons early success with a string of hits, but were unable to sustain their winning streak beyond the mid-'80s. Formed in 1978, the Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet was comprised of four brothers and one sister: Eldra, Mark, James, Randy, and Bunny. The group signed with the same label that the Jacksons started with, Motown (via the Gordy subsidiary), courtesy of older brothers Tommy and Bobby (who were members of another Gordy act, Switch). Led by the soft and sweet vocals of Eldra (or El, for short), DeBarge issued a debut album in 1981, The DeBarges, which showed that the group had yet to hone their hit-making style. But the quintet soon found the formula, as their sophomore effort, 1982's All This Love, would go on to become DeBarge's first gold-certified success, and spawn such hit singles as "I Like It," "Time Will Reveal," and the title track.

1983's In a Special Way was another gold-certified smash, spawning another hit single with "Love Me in a Special Way," and landing an opening slot on a sold-out U.S. tour with Luther Vandross. For their fourth release overall, 1985's Rhythm of the Night, DeBarge enlisted the aid of songwriter Diane Warren plus respected producers David Foster, Richard Perry, Giorgio Moroder, and Glen Ballard, which resulted in the group's third gold album in a row. The biggest hit single of their career, the uptempo title track nearly topped the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured in the movie The Last Dragon. Further hit singles were plucked from the album ("Who's Holding Donna Now?" and "You Wear It Well"), but not all was well behind the scenes.

While 1986 saw the release of the group's first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits, it also signaled El DeBarge's exit from the group. He scored a considerable hit right off the bat with a self-titled debut but struggled with substance abuse and a sporadically active, if occasionally brilliant, recording career. The El-less version of the group managed to issue just one more release, 1987's Back on Track, before splitting up two years later. (During the same time, another DeBarge brother, Chico, launched a recording career.) Further DeBarge compilations saw the light of day, including 1997's Ultimate Collection, 2000's 20th Masters: The Millennium Collection, and 2011's comprehensive Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Again!- Someone might tell me A " Bad Investment!" ! - I cant say that!""
I always loved Debarge. They were my favorites when I was growing up.
Ladys be selling dreams nowdays but i would love to re live that dream wit one special lady she know who she it she a lost soul fukin wit fake love when my fire and desire for her love far greater than anyone wit her dats facts i was the greatest.... . . . . u blew it kid i still got it for ya my doors stay open for ya tinkerbell
"I like it" was their first song I heard. The others a classic !
OMG!!! SEEN ONE OF HIS VALENTINE'S DAY SHOW!!!- HE SONG THIS SONG!!!- SOUNDS THE SAME!!!-SEXY AS EVER!!!
LOOVE!!! EL!!!
Don't think he realize the contribution he's made to RNB!! POP! CULTURE!!!
MY FANTASY!! (LOVE EL!)! Beautiful Voice! Personality! All of us are living one day at a time!!!!
El! You're "The King Of My Heart!"!- Don't make them like this anymore!-LOV E IT!!!
Too Beautiful!!!
Love Love Love this song RIP Bra James memories see you later.
Love this classic
arethaallen1 9 7 1
always loved this song!
B
Stay With Me... is my ABSOLUTE JAM!!!! I ♥ this song!!
HELL! SNOW STORM!!!
El! SEE YOU ON THE 15TH!!!- Cant Wait!- Beautiful Man (SEXY AS HELL!!! )with a Beautiful Voice!!!!
Love the DeBarge family... Very talented singers...
I can say I remember seeing them in American bandstand lol, i'm glad I came up when I did, shout out to the 1977 babies, you remember this for sure
Still My BABIES!- THE BEST!!!
tomman30
what memories...
Great song
Ned23
They was great
They was great
My song as an awkward teenager. Lol."I have some problems but noone can seem to solve them.But you found an answer...".. . N o words can be truer to alot of us...This music reflected our lives in so many ways.Real soul music never dies.....Ble s s the Debarges....
Love this group. Would like to c them in concert. Chicago Illinois
tomman30
remid me of the days past.... so smooth...ref r e a s h i n g and true in a world of deceit, hurt and pain.
love all of their songs, always
TIIIIMMMELES S S ! ! - B E A U T F U L ! ! !
Gonna meet him one day!!!- Hope I dont pass out!!!- LOVE YOU EL!!!
I AINT MAD AT CHA
Just Great!!!
Still give me chills!!!!-A f t e r all these years!!!!!
Queen of my heart the best
Beautiful song!!!!
Great group luv them
mwoods94578
Going to see them tonite....
TTTTTIIIIIMM M M E E E E L L L L E E E E E S S S S S ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Blue basement parties late '83-'84. What else do you do when you're 16?!!!! Great memories!
tomman30
so true today....sti l l have the record!!!!!
10th grade
Stay With Me... is still the song after all these years!! They don't make R&B Groups like DeBarge anymore, why? :-(
The slow jam at the rink!!! Still the cut!!!...... l o l
PLAIN WONDERFUL!!!
Debarge legends
Stay With Me... is still my song in 2013!!!
Love this song
This is my JAM!!!
this is my first time hearing this song......ha v e i been under a rock?
specialgemin i 5
Way before my time and love it! 80's baby!
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