Monday, April 19, 2010

Deon Estus

Deon Estus (born Jeffrey Deon Estus in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer\bassist who was well-known for being the bassist in Wham! and for George Michael.

As a teen, Deon recorded two albums with the band, Brainstorm. In 1974, he graduated from Northwestern High School where he sang second tenor in the school choir. He toured in China with Wham! and on George Michael's "Faith" tour.

Deon has worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Aaron Neville and Elton John.

In 1989, he released his debut solo album, "Spell" which peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200 and #44 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Me or the Rumours" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single and Deon's biggest hit, "Heaven Help Me" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The title song managed to peak at #11 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary and #74 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

These days, Deon continues to be active in the music biz, recently producing and co-writing songs for Julie Anne, an aspiring singer.

To see the music video for "Heaven Help Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeSKdSKrmrA

To see a fan-made video for "Spell," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlZ8VhhClI

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