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RNB Legend El Debarge

Post from @Eldebargepics 7/16/18

On July 16, 1983 – DeBarge went to No.1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with ‘All This Love’. The song was released as the third and final single from their second studio album of the same title on the Gordy label. The single reached number 5 on the Billboard R&B chart, number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1982, having released one album that did not go anywhere, DeBarge went into recording their follow-up with their own songs, chiefly handled by El DeBarge, who was also the main lead singer and focal point of the group, including the song, “All This Love”, in which DeBarge sung in a high tenor and had written it in a year earlier in hopes then-label mate and longtime idol Marvin Gaye would record it.

Gaye had served as El’s inspiration for the song, hinted in the group’s vocal harmonizing in the final part of the song, which was similar to Gaye’s “I Want You” vocal style period. By the following year, Gaye had left the label and DeBarge ended up recording it themselves. Producing this song with Berry Gordy’s niece Iris Gordy. José Feliciano, who was a Motown artist at the time, played the acoustic guitar solo on the record.

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