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Staff PickAlexander O’Neal

November 29, 2014

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Alexander O'Neal

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O’Neal released his eponymous debut album in 1985. It included three singles that reached the top twenty of the R&B Singles Chart. The same year, he also scored his first R&B top ten single with “Saturday Love”, a duet with Cherrelle from her High Priority album. “Saturday Love” song peaked at #2, and it also reached the top ten of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #6.

In 1987, he released the album titled Hearsay. It yielded the #25 pop and #1 R&B single “Fake”. The song also peaked at #7 on the Billboard dance chart. The follow-up, “Criticize”, peaked at #4 R&B and #70 pop. The third single, “Never Knew Love Like This”, another duet with Cherrelle, peaked at #2 R&B and #28 pop. By this time, O’Neal was enjoying greater success in the UK than he was in his native US. Hearsay peaked at #4 on the UK Albums Chart, eventually being certified triple platinum, and spawned seven charting singles. The highest of these, “Criticize”, peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart, whereas “Fake” became a UK Top 40 hit twice, first in 1987 followed by a remix (“Fake ’88″) in 1988.

The “Hit Mix” (a megamix of O’Neal’s greatest hits to date) reached the UK Top 20 in December 1989. O’Neal also recorded a Christmas album, My Gift to You, which was released in December 1988. In 1991, he released his fourth album, All True Man. The album’s title single reached #5 on the R&B chart and #45 on the pop chart. The album was another success in the UK, peaking at #2, though sales did not reach the levels of his previous album. In 1992, his first greatest hits album, This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O’Neal, became another top five success in the UK.

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Two shows - 7:30pm, 9:30pm