Anos de atividade
1980 – 1985 (5 anos)
Local de fundação
Brooklyn, New York, New York, Estados Unidos
D. Train (sometimes written as D Train, D-Train or "D" Train) was an American R&B duo who scored several significant hits on both the Billboard Club Music and R&B charts during the first half of the 1980s.
The project was a collaborative effort between the band's namesake James "D. Train" Williams, who was featured as the lead vocalist and songwriter, and Hubert Eaves III, a keyboardist and producer who performed the instrumentation on the recordings. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Williams himself was actually an R&B/dance music record producer as well. He and Eaves met during high school and began performing together. Eaves would spend most of the 1970s as a member of the R&B band Mtume. However, by the 1980s, he and Williams had teamed up again. The group named themselves "D. Train" after a nickname Williams had acquired as a football player in high school.
D. Train released their first single "You're the One For Me" in late 1981. The track became an instant success, hitting #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart that year; it has been remixed and re-released successfully several times since, and was contemporaneously covered by Paul Hardcastle with vocalist Kevin Henry in the United Kingdom. The duo's self-titled debut album (which prominently featured the "You're the One For Me" title on the front cover, and the album sometimes became known by this name) followed in early 1982, and several additional singles from this effort were successful on both the R&B and Dance charts, although they were not as popular as the debut hit. Among these tracks were "Keep On," which reached #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and a cover version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned "Walk On By" that owed more to the Isaac Hayes version than to Dionne Warwick's original recording.
In 1983, the band released their follow-up album, Music. The title track became another dance-floor anthem and is the most gospel infused of D-Train's floor fillers. This track nearly equalled the success of the group's debut single. Several other singles from the album were moderately successful.
In 1984, D. Train had their only Billboard Hot 100 entry with "Something's On Your Mind," which climbed to #79 and was later covered by Miles Davis on his album You're Under Arrest. The single also cracked the top five on the R&B chart, becoming the group's biggest hit in that market as well. The accompanying album, also titled Something's On Your Mind, found the band branching out into new musical territory, incorporating elements of reggae and more adult contemporary-oriented R&B into their music. Williams himself even plays acoustic guitar on a cover of Carole King's "So Far Away".
The group released a remixed version of "You're the One for Me" in 1985, and the tune charted a second time. The remixing on this version of the song was done by British keyboardist/producer Paul Hardcastle, who had previously issued a cover version of the song, and by 1985 had become well-known for his own hit "19". Hardcastle's remix of "You're the One for Me" retains the same prominent keyboard riff heard during the chorus in the original version, and overall, this remix did not stray far from the arrangement of the original. Despite this success, the group would disband that same year.
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