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The Deele are best-known as the group that brought Babyface (b. Kenny Edmonds) and L.A. Reid (b. Mark Rooney) to prominence. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bobby G. Summers and L.A. Reid formed the Deele in the early '80s with lead vocalist Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley Burke, and Kevin Roberson. Prior to joining the Deele, Babyface had been a member of Manchild, who had a minor R&B hit with "Especially for You" in 1977. The Deele, signed to Dick Griffey's Solar label, had their first hit in late 1983, when "Body Talk" entered Billboard's Black Singles chart. Though the song reached only number 77 on the Hot 100, it reached number three on Black Singles, which helped the group's debut album Street Beat crack the upper half of the Billboard 200. Two subsequent singles from the album, "Just My Luck" and "Surrender," dented Black Singles, but the group's second album, 1985's Material Thangz, was a disappointment, as it launched only one hit R&B single with the number 14 title track. Between the release of Material Thangz and 1987's Eyes of a Stranger, Babyface and L.A. Reid began making a name for themselves as producers and songwriters, with their work for Pebbles ("Girlfriend") and the Whispers ("Rock Steady"), among others, becoming hits. In the wake of Babyface and Reid's success, Eyes of a Stranger became a hit, went gold, and launched the Top Ten pop and R&B hit, "Two Occasions," as well as the number ten R&B hit "Shoot 'Em Up Movies." Following the release of Eyes of a Stranger, the group went on hiatus, and Babyface and L.A. Reid continued their successful production and songwriting work. In 1993, the group reunited -- minus Babyface, Reid, and Roberson -- and released Invitation to Love, which failed to chart. Over a decade later, the group resumed once more and featured original members Greene, Bristol, Roberson, and Burke. The singles "The Only 1" and "All I Want for Christmas" were released in 2007, and performances continued well into the 2010s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Al Campbell
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Albums by
The Deele

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    3 songs

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    The Only 1

    16 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    7 songs

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    Material Thangz

    8 songs

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    Material Thangz

    8 songs

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    Street Beat

    9 songs

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    Eyes of a Stranger


Top Songs by
The Deele

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  2.   Two Occasions
  3.   Sweet November
  4.   Shoot 'Em up Movies
  5.   Body Talk
  6.   I'll Send You Roses
  7.   Dry Your Eyes
  8.   Crazy 'Bout 'Cha
  9.   Suspicious
  10.   The Only 1 by J-Bezy
  11.   Video Villain
  12.   Material Thangz
  13.   I Surrender
  14.   Can-U-Dance
  15.   Let No One Separate Us
  16.   Digits
  17.   Eyes of a Stranger
  18.   Just My Luck
  19.   Hip Chic
  20.   All I Want for Christmas
  21.   Let's Work Tonight
  22.   Stimulate
  23.   You're All I've Ever Known
  24.   Sweet Nothingz
  25.   She Wanted
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Deele

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    His & Hers Radio

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    '80s Hits


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