Pebbles Biography

Perri Alette McKissack, Oakland, California, USA. This female singer, nicknamed ‘Pebbles’ by her family for her resemblance to the cartoon character Pebbles Flintstone, is based in San Francisco, California, and enjoyed substantial success after teaming up with black pop’s hottest production team, L.A. Reid And Babyface. Before their meeting she had spent her teenage years and early professional career with Con Funk Shun in the early 80s. She sprang to fame in 1988 with ‘Girlfriend’, a debut smash both for her and her production team. This was quickly followed by the US number 2-peaking ‘Mercedes Boy’. From that time, both parties made the most of her success, with Pebbles’ second album, Always, showcasing a particularly effective demonstration of L.A. and Babyface’s studio technique (for the first time in the backroom duo’s history, Pebbles was awarded a co-production credit), with hard, propulsive rhythms and irresistible hooks. Singles such as ‘Giving You The Benefit’ continued to scale the US charts. Pebbles, whose cousin is vocalist Cherrelle, subsequently married L.A. Reid, after which her output became noticeably less prolific. Her January 1991 single, ‘Love Makes Things Happen’, featuring backing vocals by Babyface, reached number 13 in the US charts. Her 1995 album, Straight From My Heart, featured writing contributions from Tony Rich, among others, but was released in the aftermath of her separation from Reid and fared poorly in the charts.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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