Friday, July 4, 2008

Alexander O'Neal

Alexander O'Neal (born on November 14, 1953 in Natchez, Missisippi) is an R&B singer from the 80s and early 90s.

Alexander moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 20. He joined a music group called the Mystics and played the local cover band circuit. He spent a short time in another music group called Enterprise before being recruited into a band called Flyte Tyme, which included Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Monte Moir.

Flyte Time was later signed by Prince to Warner Bros. Records and their name was changed to the time. A disagreement with Prince led to Alexander leaving the band & being replaced as the lead singer by Morris Day.

According to Allmusic.com, he was booted from the band for "looking too black," but the real reason was because there was not enough money in it for him.
Alexander formed a rock & roll band called Alexander and recorded a 12-inch single entitled "Playroom" for an independent record label in Chicago followed by the release of the single, "Attitude" on the Rich Records label.

In 1984, he signed a record deal with Tabu Records and did backing vocals for Cherrelle and The SOS Band.
In 1985, he released his self-titled debut album, which peaked at #92 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums charts.
The first single from the album, "Innocent" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The second single, "If You Were Here Tonight" peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "A Broken Heart Can Mend" peaked at #62 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single, "What's Missing" peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #90 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)" peaked at #98 on the U.K. Singles chart. Alexander was featured on Cherrelle's single, "Saturday Love" which became successful on the pop and R&B charts
In 1987, Alexander released his second album, "Hearsay" which peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Fake" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks during the summer of 1987. In the U.K., the song peaked at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Criticize" peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The third single, "Never Knew Love Like This" featuring Cherrelle, peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #26 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single, "The Lovers" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fifth single, "(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me" peaked at #68 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Sunshine" peaked at #72 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't make the charts in the United States.
In 1988, Alexander released his third album and first holiday album, "My Gift To You" which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "The Christmas Song/Thank You For A Good Year" which peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart.
During that same year, Alexander's remix album, "Hearsay: All Mixed Up" peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums chart and released in the U.S. a year later which peaked at #185 on the Billboard 200 and #67 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
A remix version of "Fake" entitled "Fake '88" peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
A remix version of "Hearsay" entitled "Hearsay '89" peaked at #56 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1989, a single entitled "Hit Mix (Official Bootleg Mega-Mix)" peaked at #19 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1991, Alexander released his fourth studio album, "All True Man" peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "What is This Thing Called Love?" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single, "Shame on Me" peaked at #71 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only a week.
The fourth single from the album, "The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Sentimental" peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
In 1993, his first compliation album, "This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O'Neal" peaked at #89 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #4 on the U.K. Albums chart.
During that same year, Alexander released his fifth album, "Love Makes No Sense" peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #14 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #108 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #13 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single, "In the Middle" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #32 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single, "Aphrodisia" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The fourth and last single from the album, "All That Matters to Me" peaked at #67 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
In 1995, a second Alexander O'Neal compliation album, "The Best of Alexander O'Neal" peaked at #76 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
In 1996, he released his sixth album, "Lovers Again" which managed to make the charts in Germany.
The first single from the album, "Let's Get Together" which peaked at #38 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
The follow-up single, a cover version of "Baby Come to Me" featuring Cherrelle, peaked at #56 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
The title song peaked at #54 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. The last single, "Grind" peaked at #83 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
In 1998, a remix version of "Criticize" entitled "Criticize '98 Mix" peaked at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
In 2002, Alexander released his seventh album, "Saga of a Married Man" which didn't appear to make the charts at all. The album was produced by former Prince drummer, Bobby Z.
In 2004, Alexander's third compliation album, "Greatest Hits" was released. The album peaked at #71 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and in the U.K., the album peaked at #12 on the U.K. Albums chart.
In 2005, Alexander released his first live album, "Alexander O'Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo London" which is a collection of many of his songs from throughout his career.

In 2006, he appeared on the "Weakest Link All Singing All Dancing" edition and was the 5th person voted off. He also participated in the British reality singing contest show, "Just the Two of Us" 2006 and 2007.
In 2008, Alexander released his eighth album in 6 years, "Alex Loves" which peaked at #49 on the U.K. Albums chart. During that same year, he and his wife, Cynthia took part in the UK version of "Wife Swap."
In 2010, he released his latest album to date, "Five Questions: The New Journey" which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
In 2011, Alexander's fourth compilation album, "Icon" peaked at #71 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

To see the music video for "Innocent," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnvJfRkK6oI

To see the music video for "If You Were Here Tonight," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTSOKrJDEeo

To see the music video for "A Broken Heart Can Mend," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bXIgYis4V8

To see a fan-made video for "What's Missing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qibF_s31QW0

To see a fan-made video for "You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRogbfbTYnQ

To see the music video for "Fake," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZFWEZKu_w

To see the music video for "Criticize," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CySYwZNH65I

To see the music video for "Never Knew Love Like This," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuJyekv-QU8

To see a fan-made video for "The Lovers," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ws5FwJhI4o

To see a fan-made video for "What Can I Say to Make You Love Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU-2bj_1_-M

To see a fan-made video for "Aphrodisia," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1tH8P_6Q1Y

To see a fan-made video for "Sunshine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBWkpLjElMM

To see the music video for "All True Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0vtsqBzQmU

To see the music video for "What Is This Thing Called Love?," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfYfc-ve9w

To see a fan-made video for "The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oye_XWqkVDs

To see a fan-made video for "Sentimental," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NE3xi7jnJE

To see the music video for "Love Makes No Sense," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVNXsOkmM4

To see the music video for "In the Middle," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtZxdfCHhiM

To see a fan-made video for "All That Matters To Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj_i2y5XT8g

To see the music video for "Let's Get Together," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujMRmS_8ruE

To see a fan-made video for "Baby Come to Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaAkqf63A98

To see a fan-made video for "Grind," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXL7WNq2-E4

To see a fan-made video for "Lovers Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk35iwG6_vA


[updated on 02/24/13]

1 comment:

pearlie said...

I was wondering after all these years. When would he come out with another album? Because I like his music.