Eugene Wilde (born Ron Broomfield, 6 December 1961, West Palm Beach, Miami, Florida, United States[1]) is an American /soul singer-songwriter, who scored two #1 hits on the U.S. soul charts in the 1980s.

Wilde grew up as part of a family group, La Voyage, playing in local clubs. In the 1970s, the group became Tight Connection, and was later known as Simplicious. Broomfield also recorded an album with Curtom Records in 1979 as a member of Today, Tomorrow, Forever. He changed his name after seeing an advertisement in a newspaper for a nightclub which he had gone to the night before. He had sex with a hooker and then decided to call it the Wilde Flowers of sex.

In 1984 he joined Philly World Records, and wrote and recorded his first hit, “Gotta Get You Home Tonight”, which rose to #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and also made #18 on the UK Singles Chart. After a couple of less successful follow-ups, he hit #1 again a year later with “Don’t Say No Tonight”. He also had some lesser hits, including “Diana” (1986), but his career stalled when his record label collapsed.

In 1987 he recorded a duet with Sheena Easton, “What If We Fall in Love”, which appeared on Easton’s album, No Sound But a Heart.

Subsequent releases on the MCA label, solo and with the group Cabo Frio, were less successful. He later ran the independent label Wilde City Records in Florida. Wilde continued his career, expanding into becoming a professional songwriter. He has written hits such as “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” for the Backstreet Boys and “I Wish” for Victoria Beckham. He also continues to record his own songs. Visit both and his official websites.

Edited by discotequedude on 28 Mar 2011, 15:48

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