Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Deele

The Deele is an R&B band from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band originally consisted of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley "Stick" Burke, Kevin "Kayo" Roberson and Steve "Tuck" Tucker.

L.A., Kayo and Tuck were members of a previous band also from Cincinnati called Pure Essence. Babyface was a member of R&B group, Manchild. He joined in 1981 and Tuck left the band before their debut album was recorded.
In 1983, the Deele released their debut album "Street Beat" which peaked at #78 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "Body Talk" peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Just My Luck" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album "Surrender" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Stick left the band before the recording of the Deele's follow-up album.
In 1985, the band released their second album "Material Thangz" which peaked at #155 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single "Suspicious" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1987, the Deele released their third album, "Eyes of A Stranger" which peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Can-U-Dance" peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single "Two Occasions" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.
The last single from the album "Shoot 'Em Up Movies" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

During that time, L.A. and Babyface began working a songwriters for other artists including writing & producing R&B singer, Pebbles'  hit song, "Girlfriend." At the time, Pebbles was L.A.'s girlfriend and would later become his wife. They also wrote & produced the Whispers' hit song, "Rock Steady."

In 1988, Babyface and L.A. left the group and founded LaFace Records a year later. Babyface later began gaining success as a solo artist.
In 1993, Satin and Dee reformed as The Deele only without Babyface, L.A., or Kayo. They released the album "An Invitation to Love" which went nowhere on the charts and during that same year, the Deele disbanded.

As of 2007, Dee, Satin and Kayo have reformed the Deele with new members. Stick later rejoined the band as well along with a fifth new member, Qui. They are now signed to Dallas Based Eig/D-Town Records.

Meanwhile, Babyface and L.A. Reid have continued with their respective careers in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for "Body Talk," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JjQQtF2v54

To see a fan-made video for "Just My Luck," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTljBAAzJuw

To see a fan-made video for "Surrender," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmAEH4rEjB0

To see a fan-made video for "Material Thangz," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhLy3i3ayrw

To see a fan-made video for "Suspicious," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0M0OzVs8-g

To see a fan-made video for "Can-U-Dance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0wAbbmttCw

To see the music video for "Two Occasions," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vr9a46ZZ18

To see the music video for "Shoot 'Em Up Movies," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJHLqbsfjds


[updated on 03/24/13]

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