DeBarge was an American musical recording group composed of several members of the DeBarge family. In addition to various solo projects completed by members of the family, DeBarge was active between and The group originally consisted of Mark , Randy , and El.
Bunny , James , and Bobby and Chico joined later. The latter became the group's best-selling album and contained the single " Rhythm of the Night ", which hit No. DeBarge entered its decline in , when Bunny and El were offered solo deals with Motown and departed the group, and DeBarge was dropped from Motown soon afterward. The remaining members signed with Stripe Horse Records, an independent label, in , which released their final studio album, Bad Boys. The group continued to perform for an additional two years, with Chico DeBarge joining the group in A member of the group, Bobby, along with his other brother Chico were arrested for drug trafficking in Legal issues, compounded with the ever changing musical tastes of the public led to the group's dispersion in , 10 years after its inception.
The group, named for their shared surname, hailed from the East Side of Detroit, Michigan, United States, where the siblings were born and raised; they later relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The siblings who became DeBarge started performing in various groups together in the Detroit, Michigan area in the mid s.
Bernd Lichters, who rented a home in Cerritos, CA, bought them instruments, and they were mentored by members of the Motown group Switch , including their elder brothers Tommy and Bobby and co-founding member and family friend Gregory Williams. Bunny DeBarge had joined her younger brothers in as well, and they formed as The DeBarges in That year, because of Bobby's success with Switch, younger brother El was able to perform live on the piano and sing for Motown CEO and founder Berry Gordy , who was impressed by the group and agreed to sign them that year.
By , Bobby and Tommy had left Switch and returned the favor to their siblings working with them on their debut album , which was released that year with Bobby, Bunny, and El as main producers. In , they added their year-old brother James to the lineup and worked on their second album, All This Love , produced by El and Iris Gordy. In , the group made an impression after appearing on Motown 25 , where they performed alongside High Inergy. Following that album's success, DeBarge were handpicked by Luther Vandross to open for him on his "Busy Body Tour" to support his album of the same name.
When the tour ended in late , the group recorded the Diane Warren composition, " Rhythm of the Night ", for the soundtrack to the Motown-produced film, Berry Gordy 's The Last Dragon from Sensing that El DeBarge was emerging as the "star" of the group, Motown had El working on the group's next album primarily by himself, with the label failing to call on the other siblings' help.
It's hinted Motown was fearful of the other members' growing dependencies to drug addiction, only trusting El as he seemed to be the most reliable. Without the powerful harmonies of the brother and sister duo, the rest of the DeBarges were not considered commercial enough to keep going, and they were dropped from the Motown label in In , Bobby joined the group, and failing to find deals with major labels, the group still known as DeBarge signed with the independent label Striped Horse Records, later releasing what turned out to be their final studio album, Bad Boys.
DeBarge continued their career into , even bringing along younger brother Chico who had a successful hit "Talk to Me" with them as their opening act. The brothers made a guest appearance on the television show Punky Brewster in They were eventually convicted of the charges and sentenced to two different prisons to serve their sentences. The arrests and subsequent convictions brought an end to the group as a musical entity and it was disbanded in Despite the group's highly publicized drug addictions and several members serving jail time for drug offenses, the siblings have continued to perform together occasionally.
Several members of the family made several solo albums during the s and s, but never reached the fame and popularity of their original group. The DeBarges' story of their rise and fall was documented in late as the debut episode of the TV One show, Unsung. Blige in , but relapsed and went back to drug rehab to address his continuing issues. In , James, Randy and Bunny appeared on Dr. Drew 's Lifechangers to discuss their troubles with drug addiction, later agreeing to attend a rehabilitation facility. While Randy and James left the facility on a follow-up episode, Bunny still attended and told Dr.
Drew of her recovery, even performing a gospel song on the show. Drug abuse has also brought various group members several tragedies and setbacks over the years: Bobby DeBarge died at a hospice in Grand Rapids after contracting AIDS following years of heroin addiction; Tommy DeBarge, who also suffered drug addiction, is on kidney dialysis but has nonetheless continued to perform, sometimes with surviving members of Switch and with his family members; Randy DeBarge and Mark DeBarge are said to have "incurable diseases," according to their mother.
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