Monday, February 16, 2009

Starpoint


Starpoint was an R&B\dance group from Maryland consisting of lead singer/keyboardist/bass guitarist Kayode Adeymo, brothers George (who played keyboards), Orlando (who played bass guitar, keyboards and saxophone) & Gregory Phillips (who played drums and percussion), and lead singer Renee Diggs.

The group's original name was "Licyndiana" in 1969, but by the end of the 70s, they changed it to Starpoint.
In 1980, Starpoint released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #62 on Billboard's Black Albums chart.
The only single that charted from the album, "I Just Wanna Dance With You" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #19 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1981, the group released their second album, "Keep On It" which peaked at #138 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and #31 on Billboard's Black Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The follow-up single, "I Want You Closer" peaked at #67 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart in , staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1982, Starpoint released their third album "Wanting You" which didn't appear to make the charts at all.

The title song peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Angel" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart in February of 1982, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

The last single from the album, "Do What You Wanna Do" peaked at #56 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1982, Starpoint released their fourth album, "All Night Long" which peaked at #52 on Billboard's Black Albums chart.
The first single, "Get Your Body Up" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

The title song peaked at #69 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1983, Starpoint released their fifth album, "It's So Delicious" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Black Albums chart.
The first single, "Don't Be So Serious" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #14 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The title song managed to peak at #79 on Billboard's Black Singles chart in October of 1983, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
In 1984, the group released their sixth album, "It's All Yours" which didn't chart at all. The first single, the title song, peaked at #17 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Breakout" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

The last single, "Am I Still the One" peaked at #59 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1985, Starpoint released their seventh and most successful album to date, "Restless" which peaked at #60 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their hit single, "Object of My Desire" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The second single from the album, "What You Been Missing" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The third single, "Restless" peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Till The End of Time" peaked at #64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

During 1985 (while Starpoint was on tour), Renee Diggs was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which made touring quite a challenge for her, but she managed to stay with the band and live up to her potential.
In 1987, Starpoint released their eighth album, "Sensational" which peaked at #95 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "He Wants My Body" peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100, #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The second single, "D.Y.O.B." peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The last single from the album, "The More We Love" peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1988, Starpoint released their ninth album, "Hot To The Touch" which peaked at #75 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Say You Will" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Tough Act to Follow" peaked at #81 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
By their 1990 and final album, "Have You Got What It Takes" which flopped, failing to make to the charts at all.
The first single from the album, "I Want You-You Want Me" peaked at #32 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Midnight Love" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, the title song peaked at #93 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

Starpoint's popularity began to wane and the group broke up. Shortly after Starpoint broke up, Renee Diggs released a solo album, "Oasis" which was only released in Europe.

She also started "The Renee Diggs Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis." The other members of the group went on to do session work for other R&B artists.

After that, it seemed that the group faded into obscurity.

On March 25, 2004, Ernesto Phillips died of a stroke and "The Ernesto Phillips Scholarship For Talented Youth" was established in his memory to help young children realize their ambitions to become musicians.

On March 18, 2005, Renee Diggs died of a heart condition at the age of 50, just a week shy of the one-year anniversary death of Ernesto Phillips (who was her longtime companion). Her solo album "Oasis" was released in the US posthumously.

These days, Orlando Phillips performs music from the Carribean such as reggae, soca, and calypso. Greg Phillips has toured and recorded with a few major recording artists.

George Phillips has gone on to be a music producer. Kayode Adeyemo is still continuing with his songwriter and is a large part of the music industry.

To see Starpoint's official website, go to:
http://www.starpointmusic.com

To see the music video for "Object of My Desire," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAaWPcKoYI

To see the music video for "Restless," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nrcykq9fBk

To see the music video for "He Wants My Body," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJPldthytTo

To see the music video for "Say You Will," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkB6Jbzodpw

To see the music video for "I Want You-You Want Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryA4Gb9eeDY




[updated on 05\13\12]

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