15 November 1953, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. ONeal was one of the best-known soul crooners of the late 80s. In 1978, he joined Flyte Tyme with future producers Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. The group (as Time) became the backing band for Prince, although ONeal was soon dismissed for insubordination. During the early 80s, he began a solo career as a vocalist, making his first recordings with Jam and Lewis producing in 1984. The resulting album was issued by the local Tabu label, and contained R&B hits with A Broken Heart Can Mend, Innocent (a duet with Cherrelle) and If You Were Here Tonight. The latter reached the UK Top 20 in 1986, after Cherrelles Saturday Love (which featured ONeal) had been an even bigger success there. His career was interrupted by treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, but ONeal broke through to the mainstream US audience in 1987/8 with his second album and the...
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