Decades before we welcomed El DeBarge back to the music industry giving him a “Second Chance” in 2010, El DeBarge was a solo artist on both Motown and Warner Brothers Records.
Before that El was being groomed for a solo career as the breakout artist in the family group of siblings known as DeBarge on Motown records. DeBarge consisted of brothers Randy, Mark, Eldra, James and their big sister Etterlene known as Bunny. The group was on Motown records and was being groomed as the Jackson Five replacement … but that did not pan out for various reasons.
Going even further back, The DeBarges (before the name change) family group quartet (without then youngest brother James) formed in 1978 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was signed by the Motown. Two other brothers in the DeBarge family were currently signed to Motown as part of the R&B Band “Switch” — Tommy on guitar and Bobby on keyboards and vocals.
“Queen of My Heart” is from the DeBarges first album with Motown that isn’t as widley known as the reminder chart topping Motown catalog, but it is just as good if not better IMHO. In fact this song also appeared on the second Album released in 1982, “All This Love,” so you may have heard it if you were a DeBarge fan.
Enjoy the music.