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The Deele

The Deele are best-known as the group that brought Babyface (b. Kenny Edmonds) and L.A. Reid (b. Mark Rooney) to prominence. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bobby G. Summers and L.A. Reid formed the Deele in the early '80s with lead vocalist Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley Burke, and Kevin Roberson. Prior to joining the Deele, Babyface had been a member of Manchild, who had a minor R&B hit with "Especially for You" in 1977.

The Deele, signed to Dick Griffey's Solar label, had their first hit in late 1983, when "Body Talk" entered Billboard's Black Singles chart. Though the song reached only number 77 on the Hot 100, it reached number three on Black Singles, which helped the group's debut album Street Beat crack the upper half of the Billboard 200. Two subsequent singles from the album, "Just My Luck" and "Surrender," dented Black Singles, but the group's second album, 1985's Material Thangz, was a disappointment, as it launched only one hit R&B single with the number 14 title track.

Between the release of Material Thangz and 1987's Eyes of a Stranger, Babyface and L.A. Reid began making a name for themselves as producers and songwriters, with their work for Pebbles ("Girlfriend") and the Whispers ("Rock Steady"), among others, becoming hits. In the wake of Babyface and Reid's success, Eyes of a Stranger became a hit, went gold, and launched the Top Ten pop and R&B hit, "Two Occasions," as well as the number ten R&B hit "Shoot 'Em Up Movies." Following the release of Eyes of a Stranger, the group went on hiatus, and Babyface and L.A. Reid continued their successful production and songwriting work. In 1993, the group reunited -- minus Babyface, Reid, and Roberson -- and released Invitation to Love, which failed to chart. Over a decade later, the group resumed once more and featured original members Greene, Bristol, Roberson, and Burke. The singles "The Only 1" and "All I Want for Christmas" were released in 2007, and performances continued well into the 2010s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Al Campbell, Rovi
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Luv this song...... HS MEMORIES.... . : )
trashytrevin o
Jam from high school!
I knew it must be Babyface even before I checked the bio. His voice is so beautiful and unique.
fishtank3252
This was the song makes me jam!
This I my kinda music
This song reminds me of dancing in someone's basement when you felt like you were the only two people out there.
Love me some Babyface ❤️❤️❤️
Good grooves
mamagravagna
Snap your fingers feel the groove with your feet and heat all while seating music....lov e it
Good Times
Brings back good ol' memories!
good singers
veronicawebb 5 4
I love this song
i love this song
da best song classic of all time!!
AND I HAD ANOTHER BABY 1988 NOW ITS ME AND MY THREE YOUNG ADULTS NOW SMILE...
IT WAS ME AND MY TWO OLDER CHILDREN THEN WHEN LISTENING TO THE DEELE LOVE YOU ALL SMILE..
This is my life right now. Real love will sweep you off your feet. Everytime I close my eyes.
LL DUBB15. Love. Those. Old. Songs.!!
mrs.asdavis
This is definitely a blast from the past!!!
Love it takes me back
House party!
After BabyFace left the group for a solo project, the group disbanded. Love this song... Two Occasions
This is a jam! Cooking my sunday dinner and two stepping in the kitchen! Lol
Sounds just as good as Babyface's version!!! This is GOOD stuff!!!
iloveyoub4li f e
Acr
Wow this song gives me such great memories
Reminds me of my high school heart....R.M .
MEMORIES.... . . BOY I WISH I COULD GO BACK.
DAT DA STUFF!
I love this song me and ex I miss her
I love this music very good station
Rap music has killed real r and b , we need more groups like this
I have this album I bet Baby face hates his look back then ...lol still sounds good
Like this one memorie lane
Love it all
Luv this song. They were so smooth.
BODYTALK TO ME !!! THE DEELE , WHERE YALL AT ?
Memories.... . . . o l school
memories
laura_parfai t e
Babyface!!!
minnieharper
I had a crush on the guy with the curl...lol
lizardpeople 1 9 8 3
learn something new...though t this was Tony Toni Tone (Sp?) AND I learn that Babyface was in a man group...wha!
funnyvalenti n e s 2
Truly a blast from the past.
I remember dancing to this at a school dance! It was crazy!
Oldschool ! Yeah :-)
DA S**T!
lovepeacenjo i
My first favorite song. I was a baby. By the time Whip Appeal came out, I had my first crush on Babyface. 16 years old- mom giving me the side-eye for liking a 33 year old man. Good thing he wasn't R. Kelly! I still love Babyface!
Body Talk.....tak i n g me back Deele
loza2004
love this song
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