Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, 15 October 1970 (1975 is also cited), Washington, DC, USA. Talented R&B performer Ginuwine began his musical apprenticeship at the age of 12, performing at parties and (illegally) at bars with his friends in the neighbourhood outfit, Finesse Five. From this he progressed to a solo act, which was initially built around impersonations of his childhood idol, Michael Jackson. Working on his education at the same time, he graduated from Princes Georges Community College with a paralegal degree. He met rookie producer Timbaland in New York, and the two recorded the unusual, synthesizer-infused R&B effort The Pony together. The song attracted strong interest, and at the age of 21 Ginuwine chose to sign with the New York-based Sony subsidiary 550 Music. He enjoyed immediate success with the release of Pony which reached number 1 on Billboards R&B chart, and number 6 on the Hot 100 chart. As a result his debut...
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