Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Deele - "Two Occasions"

Two Occasions (LP Version) - Eyes of a Stranger

(Debuted February 27, 1988, Peaked #10, 21 Weeks on the Chart)

For many listeners, "Two Occasions" introduced the world to Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The smooth "Quiet Storm" ballad was a crossover hit, making the Top 10 on both the pop and R&B charts and placed on the adult contemporary chart as well. It's generally stated that "Two Occasions" was the group's most successful single by virtue of its crossover appeal (and despite the fact that 1984's "Body Talk" peaked higher on the R&B chart and was included in the first episode of Miami Vice).

However, the band was splitting apart just as they were making it big. Reid and Babyface both left in 1988 to pursue their own careers as producers, with Edmonds also enjoying a successful solo career.None of that, however, distracts from the fact that "Two Occasions" was a very good song, infused with soul and well-produced.

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