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El DeBarge

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Biography

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Eldra Patrick DeBarge was born the fifth of eight brothers and sixth of ten DeBarge family members. In 1972, newly divorced from her abusive husband, El's mother Etterlene moved her children from Detroit to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like his siblings, El participated in the local church choir and was labeled a child prodigy thanks to his skills as a vocalist and a keyboardist and years of private study with music educator Ricky Callier. Later, he, Mark, Randy and Bunny formed DeBarge in 1979 (James joined three years later just before his high school graduation). In 1981 DeBarge released their album The DeBarges, which produced one single, "What's Your Name." The album was not considered a success and quickly fell into obscurity. El was a natural in the role of lead singer for the group.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    There she goes and knows I'm dying when she says "Who is Johnny?"
    Games with names that girl is playing, all she says is "Who is Johnny?"
    I tried to understand because I'm people too
    And playing games is part of human nature
    My heart's in overdrive, it's great to be alive
    Who's Johnny  -  61,568 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    I got a secret for you
    Can't believe myself
    But ever since you've been gone
    I think of no one else
    I've even tried to forget
    Love Always  -  10,681 plays
  3.  
    Lyrics
    When it feels like the world is on your shoulders,
    and all of the madness has got you going crazy.
    It's time to get out, step out into the street,
    Where all of the action is right there at your feet,
    well, I know a place where we can dance all night away
    Rhythm of the Night  -  12,291 plays
  4. I Like It  -  13,233 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    Oh baby! Ahhh baby oh yeah
    Just wanna lay right here with you
    Baby I just wanna lay with you!
    I know you have work,
    But I would love for you to stay with me,
    Lay With You  -  11,536 plays
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