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El DeBarge

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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.


Top Songs

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    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 try to understand because I'm people too
    Who's Johnny  -  61,334 plays
    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  -  10,603 plays
    When it feels like
    The world is on your shoulders
    And all of the madness
    Has got you goin' crazy
    It's time to get out
    Rhythm of the Night  -  12,221 plays
  4. I Like It  -  13,196 plays
    Oh baby!
    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  -  11,498 plays
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