Monday, May 28, 2012

DeBarge - "You Wear it Well"

You Wear It Well - Rhythm of the Night

(Debuted August 31 1985, Peaked #46, 10 Weeks on the chart)

"You Wear it Well" was a track off Rhythm of the Night, which was the most successful record the family act DeBarge put out. However, changes were on the horizon. After two Top 10 pop hits, Motown offered solo contracts to two of the family members (El and Bunny), but were ready to drop the others. Shortly after the third single was being promoted, El DeBarge guest-starred on the show The Facts of Life and sang "You Wear it Well" as a solo act, with that show's stars "singing" backup behind him.

Makes you wonder if anybody out there thinks it's a solo project, or if the girls from Eastland are actually on the tune.

Of the four chart singles DeBarge released from that album, "You Wear it Well" was the only one written by anybody from the family. El wrote it with his brother Chico (who recorded solo, not as part of the group). The song missed the pop Top 40 but was a #1 Dance hit as well as an R&B hit.

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