Alexander O'Neal

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Alexander O'Neal
Birth nameAlexander O'Neal
Born(1953-11-15) November 15, 1953 (age 59)
OriginNatchez, Mississippi, United States
GenresR&B/Soul
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1979-present
LabelsTabu (1984-1993)
One World (1996-2001)
Eagle (2001-2003)
Eminence (2005-2008)
Associated acts

Prince
The Time
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The SOS Band
Cherrelle

Russell Watson
 
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Alexander O'Neal
Birth nameAlexander O'Neal
Born(1953-11-15) November 15, 1953 (age 59)
OriginNatchez, Mississippi, United States
GenresR&B/Soul
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1979-present
LabelsTabu (1984-1993)
One World (1996-2001)
Eagle (2001-2003)
Eminence (2005-2008)
Associated acts

Prince
The Time
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The SOS Band
Cherrelle

Russell Watson

Alexander O'Neal (born November 15, 1953 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American R&B singer. He is best known for the songs "If You Were Here Tonight", "Criticize" and "Fake" and the duets with Cherrelle, "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This".

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Biography

O'Neal was born in Natchez, Mississippi, but moved to Minneapolis when he was 20. He is an alumnus of Alcorn State University. He joined a group called "The Mystics" and played the local coverband circuit. O'Neal spent a short time in a group "Enterprise" before being recruited into Flyte Tyme, a band that included Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir.

Later signed by Prince to the Warner Bros. label with their name changed to The Time, a disagreement with Prince led to O'Neal leaving the band and being replaced as lead singer by Morris Day. Allmusic profiler John Floyd asserts that O'Neal was ousted for "looking 'too black'",[1] though the real reason was there wasn't enough money in it for O'Neal.

O'Neal immediately formed a rock and roll band called Alexander and recorded a 12" single, "Playroom," for a Chicago-based independent label, followed by the release of "Attitude" on the Rich Records Label. Three years later, in 1984, O'Neal signed a deal with Clarence Avant's Tabu Records. He did some backing vocals for other artists on the same label, including The SOS Band and Cherrelle.

O'Neal released his eponymous debut album in 1985. It included three singles that reached the top twenty of the R&B Singles Chart. He also scored his first R&B top ten single with "Saturday Love", a duet with Cherrelle from her "High Priority" album from 1985. "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 dance chart. The follow-up, "Criticize", peaked at #4 R&B and #70 pop. It also peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. The third single, "Never Knew Love Like This", another duet with Cherrelle, peaked at #2 R&B and #28 pop.

In 1991, he released his third album, All True Man. The album's title single reached #5 on the R&B chart and #45 on the pop chart. In 1992, his first greatest hits album, This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O'Neal, was a top ten album in the UK.

In 1993, his final album with the Tabu label, Love Makes No Sense, was released. It was the first album made without production from Jam and Lewis. In 1995, another greatest hits compilation, The Best of Alexander O'Neal, was released.

In 1996, his first album with One World Records, Lovers Again, was released. In 2001, he released an album with Eagle Records, Saga of a Married Man. The album was produced by former Prince drummer, Bobby Z. In 2005, he recorded his first live album, Alexander O'Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo. It is a collection of many of his songs from throughout his career.

In 2006 O'Neal appeared on The Weakest Link All Singing All Dancing Edition. He was the 5th one voted off. O'Neal participated on the reality British reality singing contest show Just the Two of Us in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he released Alex Loves, his first studio album in six years. In 2008, O'Neal took part in a Wife Swap UK special, swapping his wife Cynthia with broadcaster and TV personality Jilly Goolden.

The programme included O'Neal being interviewed in-depth by noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul. The interview was featured in full in the August 2008 issue of the magazine.[2]

In 2011, the TVOne series Unsung profiled his rise to fame, along with the story of Cherrelle.[3]

Discography

Studio albums

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
GER
[7]
NLD
[8]
NZ
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
UK
[12]
1985Alexander O'Neal922119Tabu
1987Hearsay292942222264718134
1988My Gift to You149542653
1991All True Man4933626202
1993Love Makes No Sense8918454914
1996Lovers Again63One World
2002Saga of a Married ManEagle
2008Alex Loves49EMI
2010Five Questions: The New JourneyCC Ent.
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Live albums

YearTitlePeak chart positionsRecord label
USUS
R&B
UK
2005Live at the Hammersmith Apollo - LondonEminence
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Compilation albums

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
UK
[12]
1989All Mixed Up18567Tabu
1992Twelve Inch Mixes
1993This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O'Neal894
1995The Best of Alexander O'Neal76
2004Greatest Hits5912
2011Icon71
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[15]
US
R&B

[15]
US
Dan

[15]
BEL
[16]
CAN
[17]
GER
[7]
IRE
[18]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWI
[19]
UK
[12]
1985"Innocent"10111Alexander O'Neal
"If You Were Here Tonight"17204213
"A Broken Heart Can Mend"6253
"Saturday Love" (with Cherrelle)26213746High Priority
1986"What's Missing"84090Alexander O'Neal
"You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)"98
1987"Fake"251714821720162233Hearsay
"Criticize"7042121241417404
1988"Never Knew Love Like This" (with Cherrelle)28228492426
"The Lovers"4128
"(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me"683227
"Fake '88"2316All Mixed Up
"The Christmas Song"/"Thank You for a Good Year"2430My Gift to You
"Our First Christmas"
1989"Hearsay '89"56All Mixed Up
"Sunshine"72Hearsay
"Hit Mix (Official Bootleg Mega-Mix)"432419Non-album single
1990"Saturday Love" (Feelin' Luv Mix) (with Cherrelle)55
1991"All True Man"4352018All True Man
"What Is This Thing Called Love?"21108153
"Shame on Me"71
"The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)"73
1992"Sentimental"53
1993"Love Makes No Sense"108134526Love Makes No Sense
"In the Middle"2632
"Aphrodisia"48
"All That Matters to Me"5167
"Since I've Been Lovin' You"51
1996"Let's Get Together"38Lovers Again
1997"Baby Come to Me" (with Cherrelle)56
1998"Lovers Again"54
"Grind"83
"Criticize '98 Mix"51Non-album single
2002"You're Gonna Miss Me"Saga of a Married Man
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

References

  1. ^ Alexander O'Neal at Allmusic
  2. ^ Alexander O'Neal interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' August 2008
  3. ^ 'Unsung' puts spotlight on faded black stars by William Douglas, 'The Detroit News' July 2011
  4. ^ a b c d "US Albums Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Billboard. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p5056. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W.. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "AUT Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Ö3 Austria Top 40. http://austriancharts.at/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  7. ^ a b "GER Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Media Control Charts. http://www.charts.de/suche.asp?search=alexander+o%27neal&x=5&y=6&country=de&kategorie=alles. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  8. ^ a b "NL Charts > Alexander O'Neal". MegaCharts. http://dutchcharts.nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  9. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. http://charts.org.nz/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  10. ^ "NOR Charts > Alexander O'Neal". VG-lista. http://norwegiancharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  11. ^ "SWE Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Sverigetopplistan. http://swedishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  12. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Official Charts Company. http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/alexander%20o'neal/. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  13. ^ a b c d e "UK Certified Awards Search > Alexander O'Neal". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  14. ^ a b "US Certifications > Alexander O'Neal". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=%22O%Neal,%20Alexander%22&format=Album&go=Search&perPage=25. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  15. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Billboard. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p5056. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  16. ^ "BEL Charts > Alexander O'Neal". VRT Top 30. http://top30-2.radio2.be/#/artist-info/90. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  17. ^ "CAN Charts > Alexander O'Neal". RPM. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=ocv31cubjsh5l1e3bukj3tl923&q1=Alexander+O%27Neal&q2=&interval=20. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  18. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Alexander O'Neal". Irish Recorded Music Association. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  19. ^ "Swiss Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Swiss Music Charts. http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Alexander+O%27Neal&titel=Fake&cat=s. Retrieved 2012-05-26.

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