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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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I can Hear Babyface in this song. Go Kenny Edmonds.
There's nothing like the 80s
thomaslacres h a
I only think of you on two occasions, that's day and night. Deep in thought. Great song.
I love mellow soft romantic old school songs have so much meaning
I LOVE ME SOME BABY FACE BACK THEN AND NOW. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SMILE...
yeahhhh old hits stil sound so romantic
The olny music that u can feel in ur heart and know that's how it be...
ssparks55
I never heard this, but I surely heard Baby face, what a great voice,
Old school ; )
Kiss your hand five times and post this on 2 other songs and then look under your pillow
Music has lost its meaning of love now. The essence of love is in this song.OOOO
Should have more songs like this one that means something.
I was in the military when this song came out, this is one of the most beautiful, soulful songs EVER!
any lovers in the house? there playing your song..
Great song
Love it makes me think of the old days
At the "House" or VFW with my aunt Jan good fun memories. My fav great aunt
The deele invitation to love is nowhere to be found
Ohhhhh yessssss
jkeppel5
Love it!
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!
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