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Alexander O’Neal (Tabu, 1985)

Alexander O’Neal was the debut self-titled album of American singer Alexander O’Neal. It contained seven songs (O’Neal tends to have longer than average songs, so it was actually a full-length album). Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote and produced four of the album’s songs with Monte Moir tackling the other three. Alexander O’Neal peaked at #19 on the UK Album chart.

Innocent was O’Neal’s debut single. The song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart. If You Were Here Tonight reached #13 in the UK, #20 in Ireland, #42 in New Zealand and #17 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart. His third single release, A Broken Heart Can Mend hit #53 in the UK and #62 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart.

Later in 1985, his duet with American R&B singer Cherelle, Saturday Love was a hit (#2 on the R&B chart, #7 in Ireland, #4 in New Zealand and #6 in the UK). Elevating his profile, he released two more singles off his debut album. What’s Missing (#8 on the U.S. R&B chart) and You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl). By the time these sings had their moments on the charts, it was 1987 and time for his follow-up sophomore album, Hearsay.

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