This swingbeat trio from Oakland, California, was formed by brothers Dwayne (14 February 1963, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals, guitar) and Raphael Wiggins (b. Charlie Ray Wiggins, 14 May 1966, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals/bass), and their cousin Timothy Christian (b. 10 December 1965, Oakland, California, USA; drums). They arrived with Little Walter in 1988, a US R&B number 1 hit, which combined the best traditions of soul with new age rap. The trio remained at their most successful when moving, unceremoniously, from tight, gospel-tinged harmonics to assured, laconic hip-hop, as on 1990s hit, It Never Rains In Southern California. Despite their high profile (notably as support on Janet Jacksons 1993 US tour), they still retained a sense of propriety and musical history. Christian played for his church when at home, while Raphael made his public debut at age seven playing bass with his fathers...
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