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Alexander O'Neal


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Alexander O’Neal (born November 14, 1953, in Natchez, Mississippi), was a member of The Time when the group first formed in 1980. However, he was dropped immediately from the group, supposedly for seeming “too black”. Three years later, he was able to get a record deal with Clearance Avant’s Tabu Records As his vocals range in the same strength as Otis Redding’s, O’Neal sings in the retro-style of soul when it comes to doing it in both the dance-pop numbers and modern, urban ballads. He is considered to be one of the very best artists that former, fellow Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had ever produced for. He did numerous duets with his labelmate singer Cherrelle, including hits “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This”. Currently, he resides in Britain where he’s been touring and set up a permanent shop there.

FYI: Originally Alexander O’Neal was supposed to be the lead singer for The Time. For whatever reason Morris Day was used instead.

The 1985 self-titled release was filled with streamlined grooves, including the funk jam “Innocent”. The song was a funky Jam/Lewis groove, featuring “The Secret”- (Monte Moir, Cherrelle, Jellybean Johnson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis). The song lasts for nearly 10 minutes, which consists of some exceptional guitar and keyboard solos, which also features the funk intermission of “Alex 9000”. Alex’s 1987 release, titled “Hearsay”, includes the smash hit “Fake”. “Fake” is arguably one of the best songs ever made to feature the “Minneapolis Funk” sound, the song was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Single of the Year (Male). In late 1990, he had a minor hit with “All True Man.”


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  • Amrabart

    smooth motherfucker

    12 Mar 3:25pm Reply
  • JNez

    i'd forgotten about the gems on Alex's fourth album Love Makes No Sense. "Change Of Heart" and "Lady" especially. Dude's voice is intoxicating.

    11 Jan 11:56pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    He makes today's music look like shit...because it is. Such classics here.

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Sputtee

    Haha. shortest tags I have seen on an artist on lastfm

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mackcee

    the jam

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    'if you were here tonight' & 'do you wanna like i do' <3 <3

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Isco91

    Dropped for being " too black"? -____- smdh.

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • aristamair

    There was some serious enjoyment with Alexander's music' back in the day' Great dancing his sound!! ♫♥♫

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • aurelchaos

    Criticize <3

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Fake!!! Love it!!! :-D

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • Timsonia

    крутой певец

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    So grooooovin'!!! :-)

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • madmanmars

    big under dog artist fi real few tunes but big and heavy , if your were here tonight & criticize

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • JJ-ackt

    Amazing stuff! First album is pure fire!

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • crawdogg69

    Will always be my FAVORITE male R&B singer.. Man... This guy right here DEFINED 80's R&B..

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • newjillswing

    V I know, the new generation is not aware of Alex's music. What a damn shame... I feel blessed that I discovered his music becouse I'm only a teenager

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JNez many don't know nothing about alexander o'neal. what a travesty. his 1985, 1987 & 1991 cd's are classic 80s r&b, courtesy of jimmy jam & terry lewis. how unfortunate for those that don't know what i'm talking about...

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • chalkolot2

    Alexander O'Neal , we just love you to pieces, here in Kalamazoo, and may God continue to bless you to do what you do, in his name. I know I will always love you., Chalkolot in the Zoo

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
  • newjillswing

    Never Knew Love Like This <3

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
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