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1) Perri Reid (formerly known as Pebbles, born Perri Alette McKissack on August 29, 1964) is an American dance-pop and urban contemporary singer.

Reid was raised in Oakland, California. Nicknamed “Pebbles” as a toddler (after the cartoon character Pebbles Flintstone, whom she somewhat resembled), Pebbles is the cousin of R&B singer Cherrelle. A natural R&B soubrette, Pebbles began her career as a backup singer and song writer for groups like Con Funk Shun and Sister Sledge. In 1988 the singer’s self-titled Platinum selling debut album on MCA produced the #1 hit “Mercedes Boy” (for the Corey Haim movie License to Drive) and top ten hit “Girlfriend”, as well as the Top Five R&B hit “Take Your Time” and moderate hit “Do Me Right.” Two years later in 1990, her sophomore album Always went Gold. The album brought the top ten hits “Giving You the Benefit”, and “Backyard”, featuring Salt-N-Pepa. The album featured more of a New Jack Swing edge. She was married to George Smith who mentored her and orchestrated her early career.

She married famed producer (and LaFace Records founder) Antonio Reid in 1990, and put aside her solo career to found her own production company, Pebbitone, in 1991. Pebbitone produced the Grammy Award winning group TLC. Although the group initially saw Pebbles as a maternal figure, the lack of financial success in contrast to their meteoric rise in popularity would drive a wedge between manager and group.

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