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Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent d'Arby emerged in 1987 amid a storm of publicity. Claiming his debut record was the best since Sgt. Pepper, his brash arrogance captured headlines throughout the U.K., eventually winding their way back to America -- which, ironically, is the exact opposite of how d'Arby conducted his career.

During the early '80s, d'Arby was a soldier for the United States Army. While posted in Germany, he joined a funk band called Touch, which marked the beginning of his musical career. After leaving the Army, he moved to London, where he recorded the demo tape that led to his record contract with CBS. D'Arby's first single, "If You Let Me Stay," rocketed into the U.K. Top Ten upon its release. Its accompanying album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent d'Arby, was also a massive success, hitting number one and spending over a year in the top half of the chart.

D'Arby didn't have a major hit in the U.S. until 1988, when the sparse funk of "Wishing Well" hit number one. The ballad "Sign Your Name" followed it into the Top Five and Introducing ended up selling over two million copies.

All of the success -- both commercial and critical -- had d'Arby poised as a major act, artistically and popularly. D'Arby's mix of soul, rock, pop, and R&B recalled Prince in its scope and sound, yet his sensibility was grittier and earthier. At least they were at first. By the time of his second album, 1989's Neither Fish nor Flesh, his ambitions were more nakedly pretentious. The record carried the weighty subtitle "A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction" and attacked many self-consciously important themes, including homophobia and environmental destruction. In addition to the self import of the lyrics, the music added a variety of new textures, from Indian drones to straight-ahead '50s R&B.

All of the added baggage was too much for his audience and Neither Fish nor Flesh dropped off the charts quickly, without so much as one hit single. It took d'Arby a full four years to record a new album. When Terence Trent d'Arby's Symphony or Damn -- an album containing many of the same ideas as Neither Fish nor Flesh, only better executed -- was released in 1993, it received favorable reviews, as well as some airplay on modern rock radio stations and MTV. It was enough for d'Arby to regain some credibility, yet it wasn't enough to make the album a hit. Two years later, he released TTD's Vibrator, which received the same fate as Symphony or Damn.

Though d'Arby didn't make his commercial return until the early 2000s with Wildcard!, he remained active during the intervening years. He extracted himself from Sony and signed on with Glen Ballard's Java; an album titled Terence Trent d'Arby's Soular Return was recorded but never released. In 1999, he fronted INXS for the group's performance at the opening of Sydney's Olympic Stadium; later that year, he could be seen on TV as Jackie Wilson in the mini-series Shake, Rattle and Roll. After obtaining the rights to his Java album, he went about starting his Sananda label and eventually issued Wildcard! through the Internet. D'Arby had his name legally changed to Sananda Maitreya and, by the end of 2003, Wildcard! had received official release in most territories. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Sign your name across my heart.....lo v e this song!!!!
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I Love this song.
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walter.azuce n a
Good song for me
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Sign Your Name....this song is timeless. Love Terrence Trent D'Arby's voice!
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Terrence Trent D'Arby
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His first ablum is AMAZING its a must have classic for REAL music lover's. ...from beginning to end....maste r piece
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Still making great music. Goes by Sananda Maitreya nowadaya...
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.It's sad his career ended because of Beatles comment. Had he been a artist today, he'd get so much praise
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Just Gifted!!!- Beauriful Voice!!!!
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cant do without him too long!!- Voice is just mind-blowing ! Makes your whole body shake!
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Best voice, amazing talent, beautiful person, very handsome too:)
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I just learned of the name change (as I read the bio in its entirety). I have always been a fan of Sananda Maitreya (TTD)! I had the biggest crush on him as a child...most l y because of the defiance of his music but also his rebellious style, cool arrogance and out-and-out sexy hotness!!! He is an old soul who delivers soul stirs, romance and artistic grit through his music! Damn the naysayers who only appreciate garbage! I hope to become as accomplished as he while maintaining my INDEPENDENCE ! L
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I love TTD he is brilliant.
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royamfadina
Sananda Maitreya still performs and puts out music. He can be found on Facebook...h e ' s a fantastic artist, and a great person...; )
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marlasmartwi n d o w s
onekooldude1 9 6 1 , the song is called WISHING Well, NOT KISSING Well. Just wanted to point that out. :-)
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I'd rather be with you in hell than cool heaven . Wow
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This song sticks with you! Been jamming to it since the 90's
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I Love Terence! Sign Your Name Across MY Heart! . Miss Him. Where is He? needs to surface. Please T.T.!
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STILL PLAY THIS CD!!!- JUST GREAT!- LOVED EVERY SONG!!!!
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This my dude 1 album and it was strong this the cat that needs to come back like rite tha f**k now!!!!
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While I Love TTD as a songwriter lyrcist and musician I mostly love his stand during his struggle for independant success. Id say James Brown Prince and Sam Cooke were the artist who he most reminds me of you see the infuences in his music and performance. Such an underrated Artist I understand that he lives in Italy now with a beautiful wife. Man his kids will have a lot to love up to.
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Who the f**k is this? Never heard of him and he is not better then jackson never or prince
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leslieg516
Totally underrated . . .
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underrated musician
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txbigtymer76
this guy can play every instrument on stage and nail the vocals crossing all genres into timeless pieces. one of my top 5 albums of all time!
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leslieg516
TTD may be arrogant but I absolutely think he's BETTER than Michael Jackson and BETTER than Prince. This guy just oozes raw talent out of every pore. Also, best sex music ever. Michael Jackson will NEVER hold THAT title!
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Hey T, your album still knocks till this day. I would like to see you come out with another album or do unplugedMTV
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M_reigns
Incomparable VOICE and Delivery!!! All the power of Prince, a Truly masculine MichaelJacks o n ernergy, passionate to the hilt, yet too kewl for school air. Open vulnerable but strong as steel! Personable and sweet, yet arrogant like Jimi Hendrix.
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Hey!!! What ever happened to him???? He was a PRINCE/MICHE A L JACKSON Mix!! He was GOOD!
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This album is still one my all time favorites. I was in stationed overseas and his music keep me going!
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I loved his music, even more so I loved to watch him dance! Great moves!!!
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Introducing the Hardline...i s one of the greatest albums ever recorded!!!
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zoomcycles
There is no similar artist...... . . . . . Y o u r a legend in my heart. Your voice sang me onward in my life. Yeap showing my age.
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He's the truth!
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touchnexhale
I Love love Sananda..... f o r m e l y TTD. His voice is soo Angelic. You feel his passion in every note in every lyric this song caresses my soul! Sign your name across my heart!
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I really love this song...this song brings me back to the days (8-10yrs old)of sitting in the back seat my dad's old station wagon with my 4 siblings, and fighting all the way to the beach...this song was/still is, an awesome sountrack to our activities.. .
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wHEN i FIRST HEARD THIS SONG MANY YEARS AGO, i HOPPED ON THE TRAIN THAT THOUGHT THIS GUY WAS GOING TO BE A BIG STAR, AND THEN NOTHING. sometimes I have been wrong, but I was right with Tom Petty...can' t win em all.
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Find TTD, now named Sananda Maitreya at sanandamaitr e y a . c o m
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im_godsgift2
when he is coming back with a new album...thos e damn green eyes are hypotizing
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bookbunnie
his soulful voice has helped me explore the great loves of my life. he is how a love song can be blue and hopeful at the same time.
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i just recently listened to his vibrator album. he is one talented dude.
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He's great! seems like a 3 year pattern,hope he sheds some more good memorable music soon!!
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My first crush! I love his voice! He's so talented!
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This song is so beautiful!
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His '87 album was fantastic.. I lived in England at the time and it was huge. He has been a "whatever happened to...?" for a long time. Now I know.
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yep, he's still making music. i've heard some of it (under the name Sananda Maitreya, of course) and it is pretty good. some of it is a bit "out there", but i appreciate the man's creativity.
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onekooldude1 9 6 1
Back in the 80's I use to love one of his hits "Kissing Well"
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The hottie could really really sing.
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I love this man. He is a true artist! You can feel his soul in every song.
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He's a excellent artist twisted yes, but excellent!
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